The Journal of Rural Health

The Journal of Rural Health, a quarterly journal published by the National Rural Health Association, serves as a medium for communication among health scientists and professionals in practice, educational, research and policy settings. It is a peer-reviewed international journal devoted to advancing professional practice, research, theory development and public policy related to rural health.

The JRH Editorial Board is currently revising and updating its guidance on inclusivity and language for authors, with new guidance expected by Spring 2023. In the meantime, please refer to the CDC's recommendations for inclusive communication.


Special section call for presentations

NRHA’s Journal of Rural Health is soliciting articles on the impact of the Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility (Flex) Program on critical access hospitals (CAHs) and systems of care in rural communities for a special section of an upcoming issue. 

Topics include the impact of the program on CAHs and rural systems of care in recognition of its 25th anniversary; the impact of the Flex Program on CAH quality improvement; the program’s role in addressing the financial stability of CAHs; the role of CAHs in improving community and population health; and adapting the Flex Program to the evolving needs of CAHs and rural systems of care, among others. 

All manuscripts will be evaluated according to the journal’s standard review process and must be submitted electronically.

Authors should state in their cover letters that they are submitting in response to this call for papers on the 25th anniversary of the Flex Program and CAHs to be considered for this special section. Author guidelines on required format may be found on the JRH website.

The extended submission deadline is Dec. 30.

Online access to articles

NRHA only provides full-text articles online to members. To access the journal, you will be prompted to log in using your NRHA member user ID and password. Contact NRHA's membership team with any questions about logging in.
A free online journal subscription is included with your NRHA membership.
You can also access article abstracts through the National Library of Medicine's PubMed.


Every issue of the journal offers original research encompassing evaluations of model and demonstration projects to improve rural health, statistical comparisons of rural and urban differences, and mathematical models examining the use of health care services by rural residents. Summaries of recently published rural health research discuss the objectives, geographical focus, databases, methods and outcomes of the research.


Rural health professionals can find descriptions of innovative practice techniques geared toward rural settings and recommendations and guidelines for the delivery of rural health care services. Discussions of diseases prevalent in rural populations are also addressed in the journal.


Articles on rural public policy assess the impact of initiatives on rural populations and review current legislation and how it can affect rural health. The journal also offers analyses of the process and dynamics of public policy development and proposals for new policy perspectives to alleviate rural health problems.

Case studies
Specific rural health programs and practices are visited through the journal. These case studies offer a glimpse of how certain techniques and policies have worked in practice in rural settings.


Solicited critiques of recently published books relevant to rural health offer you an overview of the content and an assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of a publication.


The education of rural health professionals is also a focus of the journal. You'll find descriptions of innovative training programs, critiques of current approaches to professional training, and demonstration project evaluations inside the journal. New strategies to educate rural health practitioners for the future are examined as well.

Subscribe today. Your individual, organizational or supporting membership in NRHA includes a subscription to the journal. Persons only wishing to subscribe to the journal without becoming a member can do so through Wiley Publishing. 

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Rural and Remote Health, an Australian e-journal

RRH is committed to providing an easily accessible peer-reviewed evidence base for rural and remote health and is the only international journal in this field. Subscription to RRH is free. 


For more information or special/supplemental issue proposals, contact Gaby Boscan.