Inaugural NIH Rural Health Seminar


The Inaugural NIH Rural Health Seminar will be held November 18, 2019, from 9:30 am to noon at the Natcher Conference Center (Bldg. 45), Balconies A and B, on the NIH Campus in Bethesda, MD.

Today, approximately 20% of the U.S. population—about 60 million people—live in rural areas, which make up 97% of the land area in the United States. People living in rural America have less access to health care and are more likely than residents of urban areas to die from heart disease, cancer, stroke and chronic lower respiratory disease. The disparities and health care challenges facing rural America call for additional rigorous scientific research, successful implementation of evidence-based practice in rural settings and the use of innovative technology to improve rural health outcomes.

The Inaugural NIH Rural Health Seminar—co-sponsored by NIH's National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, the National Institute of Mental Health, and the National institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, with additional contributions from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, the National Cancer Institute, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, the National Institute on Aging, the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the National institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, and the National institute of Nursing Research—will bring together researchers, medical practitioners and others to explore topics in rural health and to share research ideas for how innovations in clinical and translational science could improve rural health outcomes.


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October 2019

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