For Immediate Release
November 15, 2011

KDHE Office of Communications
communications@kdheks.gov, 785-296-0461

Governor Signs Proclamation Declaring Nov. 17 as National Rural Health Day

KDHE Secretary applauds work of health care in Rural Kansas

Topeka – Governor Sam Brownback signed a proclamation declaring Nov. 17 as National Rural Health Day in the State of Kansas. Along with the Governor, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) wants to bring awareness to the successes and challenges surrounding health care in rural communities across the state.

More than 820,000 people call rural Kansas home, and these small towns and farming communities are faced with unique health care challenges surrounding access and capacity. KDHE and local partners believe these challenges provide an opportunity for innovative approaches to addressing the health care needs of the entire state, said Robert Moser, M.D., KDHE Secretary and State Health Officer.

“Rural Kansas can be a powerful force for assessing and addressing the health needs in all regions of the state,” explained Moser, who, before coming to KDHE, practiced family medicine in his native Tribune for more than 20 years. “Working hand-in-hand with local health care providers, we’re focused on expanding healthy behaviors and knitting together an improved, integrated health system.”

In honor of Kansas’ rural health care providers and their innovative approach to meeting their patients’ needs, KDHE’s Office of Rural Health has compiled a list of stories and other Kansas-specific material celebrating the “Power of Rural.”

For instance:

“We applaud and appreciate the great work of our rural health care providers and their staff, not just on National Rural Health Day, but every day,” said Moser.

For more stories, go to www.kdheks.gov/olrh/ruralhealthday.htm, and check the site on Nov. 17 for a video montage about rural health in Kansas.  

A copy of the Governor’s Proclamation and the official photo are attached.