Today is National Rural Health Day, complete with a presidential proclamation, so the Community Strategies Group of The Aspen Institute is using the observance as an opportunity to remind us of people and organizations working for healthier rural communities.

"We know health is a central component of thriving, prosperous communities and Native nations across the rural United States, and there’s more to it than just health care," CSG says. "Whether our towns can recover from a stormhave clean water, are places where residents feel informed and connected, and the local economy works for everyone — all of this impacts our opportunity to be healthy. . . . This means we all play a role in creating opportunities for health — in rural places and across the country."

CSG notes that County Health Rankings & Roadmaps at the University of Wisconsin recently held a webinar to show how CSG's Thrive Rural Health Framework can help organizations and communities identify social and economic assets, implement strategies, and measure progress to advance rural prosperity, health, and well-being. UW also offers Rural Public Health and Health Care: A Scan of Field Practice and Trends, which asks: What are the potential pathways of influence for public health and health care to foster more prosperous, equitable, and sustainable communities across rural America?

"Across America, many rural and tribal communities are finding inspiring solutions to improve health and wellbeing for all," CSG says, noting Rural Health and Wellbeing in America, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation presentation about "key resources, research, and emerging insights into the many factors that shape rural opportunity, health, and equity." CSG also notes its Rural Development Hubs.

Read the full article about rural health day by Al Cross at The Rural Blog.