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Annual Rural Health Conference

May 16-19, 2023 San Diego, Calif.

You can still watch San Diego sessions

NRHA was joined by an estimated 1,500 rural health leaders from across the country in sunny San Diego to help raise the standard for rural health with over 80 innovative, practical, and cost-saving sessions and much more.

You can register today to view 46 sessions of on-demand recordings across all Annual Conference events through Aug. 16.

NRHA's 46th Annual Rural Health Conference, 8th Rural Hospital Innovation Summit, and associated events are May 16-19 in San Diego, Calif.

Don't miss NRHA's expanded Health Equity Conference May 15-16 and Rural Medical Education Conference occurring immediately beforehand on May 16.

“If you’re interested in actively engaging in transformational work on behalf of rural communities, NRHA’s annual events are where it’s at.” – NRHA member Peggy Wheeler

We are so excited to see everyone in San Diego this spring.


  • icon-agenta Agenda

    2023 agenda

    2023 Annual Rural Health Conference agenda FINAL (updated 05.16.2023)


    Past agendas:

    2022 Annual Rural Health Conference agenda
    2021 Annual Rural Health Conference agenda
    2020 Annual Rural Health Conference agenda
    2019 Annual Rural Health Conference agenda
    2018 Annual Rural Health Conference agenda

    NRHA certificates of attendance will be available at the registration desk. Attendees may use these certificates with third-party organizations or their employer as documentation of having received conference hours of instruction.

  • icon-rates Rates

    Register for NRHA's San Diego events

    Please register at our virtual rate for on-demand session access. You may also register by email to

    Virtual rate (access on-demand session recordings)

    • $99 for access to select recorded content from all events
    • A total of 46 sessions will be available for viewing on demand
    • Recordings will be available to view the day after they occur within the agenda through Aug. 16.
    • Recorded sessions are noted in green within each event agenda
    • Sessions will not be livestreamed

    * must authenticate as NRHA and student members. Contact NRHA's membership team for assistance.

    Contact NRHA's registration team or call 816-756-3140 for more information.


    NRHA COVID policy

    With your onsite registration, you certify that you are, or will be prior to the conference, fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by one of the three FDA approved vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna, or J&J).
    NRHA will adhere to CDC Guidelines on Masking according to their COVID-19 Community Level Tool that determines prevention steps according to threat levels. While masks are always encouraged, they will not be required except when the community threat level as determined by the CDC for San Diego County, Calif., is HIGH, or if state/local mandates are imposed at the time of our conference.

    NRHA Refund policy

    For cancellations received by National Rural Health Association at least 30 days prior to a conference or seminar, a full refund, less a 30% processing fee, will be provided to the registrant.

    For cancellations received less than 30 days prior to a conference or seminar, a credit towards attendance at a future conference or seminar will be provided.

    No refunds or credits will be provided for no-shows and cancellation notifications received after the conference or seminar is held.

  • icon-exhibitors Exhibitors

    All exhibitor booths are now sold out.

    Exhibitors, sponsors and advertisers

    Download the 2023 Annual Conference Prospectus for event exhibiting and sponsorship information.

    Don't miss the opportunity to increase your visibility in the rural market by engaging with our audience throughout the year by becoming a vetted NRHA Partner.

    Download NRHA's 2023 engagement guide or contact Larry Bedell to learn more.

    NRHA offers sponsorships for all events, providing a valuable opportunity for your organization to gain visibility. These sponsorships, ads and partnerships are great ways to get your company's message in the hands of hundreds of attendees. Remember, one-third of all U.S. hospitals are rural facilities.

  • icon-building Accommodations

    Conference Hotels

    Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina (limited rooms available)
    1380 Harbor Island Dr., San Diego, CA 92101

    Located in the heart of the San Diego harbor, just minutes from the San Diego International Airport with a complimentary airport shuttle.

    Book the discounted room rate of $239 plus tax available to Annual Conference attendees through the April 17 deadline.The $26 resort fee is waived at check-in and complimentary in-room internet access is included when booking within our room block. Be sure to mention NRHA if booking by phone.

    Hilton San Diego Airport/Harbor Island (currently sold out)
    1960 Harbor Island Drive, San Diego, CA 92101

    Located in the heart of the San Diego harbor, .9 miles from the Sheraton San Diego conference hotel, and just minutes from the San Diego International Airport with a complimentary airport shuttle.


    Additional Hotels

    Hampton Inn & Suites San Diego Airport
    2211 Lee Court, San Diego, CA 92101
    1.4 miles from Sheraton

    TownePlace Suites by Marriott San Diego Airport/Liberty Station
    2311 Lee Court, San Diego, CA 92101
    1.4 miles from Sheraton

    Homewood Suites by Hilton San Diego Airport
    2576 Laning Road, San Diego, CA 92106
    1.9 miles from Sheraton

    Courtyard by Marriott San Diego Airport
    2592 Laning Road, San Diego, CA 92106
    2.1 miles from Sheraton

  • Continuing education

    By attending the Annual Rural Health Conference offered by the National Rural Health Association, participants may earn up to nine hours ACHE Qualified Education Hours toward initial certification or recertification of the Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE) designation. Download an attendance certificate for the most recent Critical Access Hospital Conference.

    COVID-19 Precautions

    NRHA strongly recommends all attendees are fully vaccinated against COVID prior to attending. The CDC has identified the following symptoms of a COVID-19 infection. If you have one or more of these symptoms in the days prior to or during the event, please do not participate.

    If you are waiting for COVID-19 test results or have had close contact with a person who has tested positive for or who has COVID-19 symptoms, please stay home unless you receive a negative test result before the event. Also, please report to NRHA if you test positive for COVID after the event such that you may have received and/or spread the virus at the event.

    Please review the current safety measures in place within California. As the COVID-19 virus and its variants are highly contagious, event attendees acknowledge the risk of exposure, assume all such risk, and NRHA shall not be held liable.


    Unfortunately, it is becoming more common for association meetings and conventions to be targeted by third-party websites and online scams. NRHA never uses a third party booking service and registration for NRHA conferences is only possible via the online registration links found on our website.