NRHA Membership Categories

You can apply for membership via our online form or fillable PDF forms for individuals and organizations or health systems and networks to email or mail.
NRHA is unique among health care membership associations because it brings together practitioners, facilities, educators, state and federal agencies, and other professionals dedicated to advancing health care in rural America. NRHA fosters connection and collaboration, advocates for rural health constituents in legislative and regulatory affairs, facilitates workforce development and quality improvement, and supports pioneering research and innovation.

Membership with NRHA amplifies your voice on Capitol Hill and helps you address the access, quality, and patient safety issues your community may face. Our Government Affairs team is a vital link, drilling into data to help you navigate the complex regulatory landscape, and making sure rural concerns are represented in new legislation. NRHA is leading the national discussion on new ways of meeting health care challenges, and our educational events give rural health professionals fresh strategies to serve their communities.

For more than 35 years, NRHA has been your on-the-spot advocate, building communities and coalitions in rural areas across the country. We aim to connect members with a wealth of resources, including the greatest resource of all: people who dedicate their lives to rural health. Your unique rural story deserves a platform, and your voice is crucial to the future of rural health.

Together our voices are stronger. Join us today.

NRHA Membership Categories


For hospitals enrolling a single facility, state and federal agencies, and universities.

Health Systems/Networks

For health systems and networks that would like to purchase a bulk membership for multiple facilities.

Rural Health Clinics/Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC)

For providers and staff of rural health clinics and FQHCs.


For rural health professionals and academics. Open to non-industry representatives only.

Students and Residents

Student members are full-time students of a health-related training program at any level (enrolled in at least 12 undergraduate or 9 graduate concurrent credit hours per semester). Individuals with full-time employment are not eligible for student membership. Resident members have received their MD or DO and are participating in a residency program.

Supporting Members

For hospitals, corporations, agencies, professional societies, state rural health associations and other organizations that want to participate in the association’s work at a higher level of support.

Industry Organizations

For organizations that market to or service NRHA members.