Date: May 7 - May 10, 2024

Annual Rural Health Conference

Location: Sheraton New Orleans Hotel Address: New Orleans, La

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 47th Annual Rural Health Conference, 9th Rural Hospital Innovation Summit, and associated events constitute the largest gathering of rural health professionals in the country May 6-10 in New Orleans, La.

Don't miss NRHA's expanded Health Equity Conference May 6-7 and Rural Medical Education Conference occurring immediately beforehand on May 7.

“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.

Register for NRHA's New Orleans events

All of NRHA’s Annual Conference events in New Orleans, including the association's 47th Annual Rural Health Conference, are now sold out.
For more information email NRHA's registration team or call 816-756-3140.


Early rates (on or before April 18)

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

Rural Medical Education Conference May 7
Member $255*
Non-member $355^
Student $128

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

Standard rates (after April 18)

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

Rural Medical Education Conference May 7
Member $355*
Non-member $455^
Student $178

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

* 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.


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.

2024 agenda

2024 Annual Rural Health Conference agenda (05.03.24 DRAFT)

Past agendas:

2023 Annual Rural Health Conference agenda
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.

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.


Alternate Hotels

New Orleans Marriott
555 Canal St.
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 581-1000

Hilton New Orleans Riverside
Two Poydras St.
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 561-0500

Courtyard New Orleans Downtown French Quarter
124 St Charles Ave.
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 581-9005

Crown Plaza New Orleans French Quarter
739 Canal St.
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 962-0500

Exhibitors, Sponsors and Advertisers

NRHA provides sponsorships for all its events, offering your organization the best opportunity to enhance visibility among those serving rural healthcare. It's essential to note that one-third of all U.S. hospitals operate in rural areas.

Sponsorships and Exhibits

Seize the unique opportunity to elevate your brand and forge valuable relationships at the nation's premier rural healthcare conference. Engage directly with rural health professionals and thought leaders by exhibiting or through sponsorship.
Review our Annual Conference Prospectus for details. Exhibit and sponsorship slots are limited and fill up swiftly each year. We encourage you to submit the attached Insertion Order promptly.

Rural Healthcare Partnerships

Partnership for Non-Profit Entities Serving Rural Healthcare

 Learn more about partnerships for non-profit entities serving rural health care.

  • Align with National Rural Health Association, its mission, initiatives, and its extensive member base throughout the year.
  • Reach all those serving rural healthcare: State-level organizations, government and academic institutions, AHECs, Hospitals, Clinics, Research organizations, and Non-profit organizations.
  • Consistently showcase your organization to the rural healthcare audience.
  • Amplify your mission with opportunities to provide educational content, distribute collateral materials, and actively participate in advancing rural healthcare.

Benefits include:

  • Legislative alerts, policy updates, and breaking rural healthcare news.
  • Access to special interest groups and vibrant discussion forums.
  • A dedicated page on our website for your organization.
  • An invitation to our member-exclusive social media platform for sharing initiatives and messages.
  • Subscriptions to NRHA's prime publications: 'NRHA Today' newsletter and 'Rural Horizons' magazine.
  • Exclusive 'Rural Healthcare 101' training for your staff, spearheaded by NRHA's COO, Brock Slabach.

Rural Hospital and Clinic Vendor Partnership

Learn more about the rural hospital and clinic vendor partnership.

  • Build valuable relationships with key decision-makers.
  • Showcase your solution and its impact on specific targets and all of rural healthcare.
  • Be presented as a subject matter expert on our trusted platforms.
  • Access exclusive partner benefits.
  • Exclusive “Partner Only” exhibits.
  • Direct e-blasts and messaging channels.
  • Access to partner-only events and educational opportunities.
  • Legislative alerts, policy updates, and pivotal rural healthcare news.
  • Special interest group access and participation in active discussion groups.
  • A dedicated organizational page.
  • Access to our member-exclusive social media platform for broadcasting initiatives and messages.
  • Key subscriptions to NRHA publications: 'NRHA Today' and 'Rural Horizons' magazine.
  • 'Rural Healthcare 101', a specialized training module for your staff by Brock Slabach.

Become an NRHA Partner

Apply today to become an NRHA Partner.

Strengthen your connection with our audience throughout the year by achieving the esteemed status of an NRHA-vetted partner.

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 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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