Date: May 6 - May 07, 2024

Health Equity Conference

Location: 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 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.

Register for NRHA's New Orleans events


All of NRHA’s Annual Conference events in New Orleans, including the association's 29th Health Equity 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.

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 Health Equity Conference Agenda

2024 Health Equity Conference agenda (05.03.24 DRAFT)

Past agendas:

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

Advertisers and sponsors

NRHA accepts sponsorships for the association's Health Equity 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.

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.

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.

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