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Health Equity Conference

May 6-7, 2024 New Orleans, La.

Call for presentations and research

Please consider submitting a presentation proposal or research poster to contribute to this one of a kind event in 2024. Presentations are due by the deadline of Dec. 7 and posters are due by Feb. 8.

Let's march on down to New Orleans

Join NRHA and hundreds of rural health leaders from across the country down in the bayou to help raise the standard for rural health with over 80 innovative, practical, and cost-saving sessions and much more.

NRHA's expanded Health Equity Conference, one of the only meetings in the nation to focus on health equity issues in rural America, is May 6-7 in New Orleans, La.

This conference is designed for those who are dedicated to bringing quality health care and health care services to underserved and often under-represented populations, including LGBTQIA+, veteran, and homeless rural residents as well as multiracial and multicultural members of rural communities.

“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 New Orleans this spring.

  • icon-agenta Agenda

    2024 Health Equity Conference Agenda

    2024 Health Equity Conference agenda (draft updated 02.09.24)

    Past agendas:
    2023 Health Equity Conference agenda
    2022 Health Equity Conference agenda
    2021 Health Equity Conference agenda
    2020 Health Equity Conference agenda
    2019 Health Equity Conference agenda

    2018 Health Equity 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-scholarships Scholarships

    Scholarships are now available on a first-come, first-served basis for students and attendees who would otherwise not be able to attend NRHA's:

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    Register for NRHA's New Orleans events



    Early rates (on or before April 18)

    Health Equity Conference May 6-7
    Member $300*
    Non-member $400^
    Student $150

    Annual Conference/Rural Health Innovation Summit May 7-10
    Member $795*
    Non-member $895^
    Student $398

    Rural Medical Education Conference May 6
    Member $255*
    Non-member $355^
    Student $128

    Standard rates (after April 18)

    Health Equity Conference May 6-7
    Member $400*
    Non-member $500^
    Student $200

    Annual Conference/Rural Health Innovation Summit May 7-10
    Member $895*
    Non-member $995^
    Student $448

    Rural Medical Education Conference May 6
    Member $355*
    Non-member $455^
    Student $178

    * must authenticate as NRHA and student members. Contact NRHA's membership team for assistance.
    ^cost includes a complimentary one-year NRHA membership for individual first-time members.

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

    Student Rate Policy

    Student registration is only available to full-time students enrolled in at least 12 concurrent credit hours per semester (or 9 hours for graduate students) of a health-related training program at any level. Individuals with full-time employment are not eligible for student registration. Registrants will be required to provide a class schedule reflecting currently enrolled credit hours and to confirm employment status.

    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 the New Orleans metropolitan area 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.

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    Advertisers and sponsors

    NRHA accepts sponsorships for the association's Health Equtiy Conference, 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.

    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.

  • icon-building Accommodations

    Conference Hotel

    Sheraton New Orleans Hotel
    500 Canal Street
    New Orleans, LA 70139

    Book your hotel online by April 18 to receive the group rate of $239 plus tax or mention NRHA when you call to reserve within our discounted room block.


    There's even more in store

    Don't forget to also register for NRHA's 47th Annual Rural Health Conference, the nation's largest gathering of rural health pros, occurring immediately afterward May 7-10.

    These events are created for anyone with an interest in rural health care, including rural health practitioners, hospital administrators, clinic directors and lay health workers, social workers, state and federal health employees, academics, community members and more.

    We’ll help you navigate the shifting currents of rural health with more than 80 innovative, practical, and cost-saving sessions — and even more at NRHA’s 9th Rural Hospital Innovation Summit.

    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 guidance and resources for Louisiana. 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.


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