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Rural Hospital Innovation Summit

May 16-19, 2023 San Diego, Calif.

Your chance to speak in San Diego

Each year, more than 200 individuals present over 85 concurrent educational sessions, 20 research papers and up to 100 research and educational posters at NRHA's annual events, constituting the nation's largest, most inclusive rural health conference.

Any person with an interest in rural health is invited to submit session proposals by Aug. 18 or original research by Jan. 12 for presentation during the 2023 conferences.

We'll see you seaside

Join NRHA and 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.

NRHA’s 8th Rural Hospital Innovation Summit, 46th Annual Rural Health Conference, and associated events are May 16-19 in Albuquerque, N.M. and our virtual environment.

The nation’s largest gathering of rural health professionals occurrs alongside the Summit, where rural hospital professionals find the next level of inspiration and take winning strategies home.

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.

“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 TBD


    Past agendas:

    The Rural Hospital Innovation Summit is designed to make the most of your time. Topics often include:
    • leveraging population health outcomes
    • frontiers in value-based care
    • advancing payment innovation
    • workforce recruitment and retention
    • models of community coordination
    • new revenue opportunities

    Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from the top innovators thriving in rural health care and network with other high-performing leaders at this premier event.

    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.

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    Exhibitors, sponsors and advertisers

    Download the 2022 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 2022 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.


    Who should attend

    The summit is designed to gather the country’s top rural hospital leaders and innovators with a simple goal in mind: show how rural hospitals can thrive in today’s rocky health care landscape.
    • board members                       
    • chief executive officers
    • chief medical officers
    • chief nursing officers
    • chief financial officers
    • chief innovation officers
    • emerging leaders

    There's even more in store

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

    Continuing education

    By attending NRHA's Rural Hospital Innovation Summit 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 the attendance certificate for the most recent Rural Hospital Innovation Summit.

    Onsite COVID Precautions

    All onsite registrants and NRHA staff are required to be fully vaccinated. NRHA is following the Center for Disease Control and Prevention definition of full vaccination available here.
    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 Bernalillo County, New Mexico is HIGH, or if state/local mandates are imposed at the time of our conference.

    Additionally, there are hand sanitizer stations throughout the public space, and all hotel and convention center staff members are following CDC masking guidelines. NRHA will inform conference participants about local testing capabilities should it be necessary during the event.

    NRHA will follow onsite protocols, working closely with local public health officials. We will monitor for developments and adjust our conference protocol as needed.

    Recognize COVID-19 Symptoms

    The CDC has identified the following symptoms of a COVID-19 infection. If you have one or more of these symptoms on the day of 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 get a negative test result before the event. The COVID-19 virus and its variants are highly contagious. Event attendees acknowledge the risk of exposure to the COVID-19 virus, assume all such risk, and NRHA shall not be held liable. As such, all conference participants will be asked to sign a COVID-19 risk and liability waiver during registration.

    Protect Our Community

    Help to protect our community. Please report to NRHA if you test positive for COVID after the event such that you could have received or spread the virus at the event.

    Your safety is our number one priority.



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