2017 National Rural Health Day

11/16/2017

WHEREAS, the health and safety of rural Virginians is important to the happiness, prosperity and well-being of all of our Commonwealth’s families and communities; and

WHEREAS, the health of rural Virginians affects all of Virginia, including opportunities for growth and development of the new Virginia economy; and

WHEREAS, primary care practitioners serve as the cornerstone for delivery of healthcare services in rural communities, and are critical to the viability of rural hospitals; and

WHEREAS, improving rural health care requires innovative and integrative strategies to address both individual health-related behaviors and the many social determinants of health; and

WHEREAS, the Virginia Department of Health Office of Minority Health and Health Equity serves as the Virginia State Office of Rural Health and partners with local community organizations to address the unique healthcare needs of rural residents; and

WHEREAS, Virginia’s State Rural Health Plan contains strategies for improving access to care, the quality of care, the availability of data, and the development of the healthcare workforce, and the creation of opportunities to be healthy in rural communities; and

WHEREAS, Rural Health Day is an opportunity to thank all the hardworking individuals bringing health care services to rural communities, and to recognize the need for quality, affordable healthcare throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize November 16, 2017, as NATIONAL RURAL HEALTH DAY in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.

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