Congress needs to hear from you!
Through advocacy efforts, NRHA helps Members of Congress, the executive branch, and other stakeholders understand how to improve health and health care in rural areas. We connect you and hundreds of rural health stakeholders with local, state, and federal lawmakers, ensuring our message to support or oppose legislation is heard by those with the power to enact change at every level.
Engagement in activities such as the annual Rural Health Policy Institute and ongoing grassroots campaigns allows NRHA members to actively participate in advocacy efforts to bring about needed rural health policy and legislation. NRHA's three main advocacy priority areas include: 1) addressing rural declining life expectancy and rural equity, 2) reducing rural health care workforce shortages and 3) investing in a strong rural safety net.
Rural Health Advocacy 101
As a rural constituent, sharing your perspective and expertise is vital to help your elected officials understand and address the issues impacting your community. NRHA created this guide to help members amplify their voices through the information and tools provided by the association. If you have any questions or would like more information or assistance, please reach out to NRHA's government affairs team.
How to Advocate for Rural Health Change
Appendix A: Sample Invitation Letter
Appendix B: Sample Media Advisory
Appendix C: Sample Thank You Letter
Appendix D: NRHA "what we do" one-pager
Current Advocacy Campaigns
Our advocacy platform gives you the power to reach your members of Congress with one click, while customizing content as needed, to allow you to maintain your unique voice.
See below for a list of our active advocacy campaigns to learn how you can make your voice heard to help rural America.