Improving the Health of Rural Texans
Since 1984

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Addressing Workforce Needs: Engaging Stakeholders

September 20 & 21, 2023

2022 Rural Texas Symposium Recap

Thank you for attending the Symposium! We are excited to be able to share some of the great content that was provided by our presenters! By following the links below, you may access the available PowerPoint Presentations of some of our speakers and the recorded Live Stream recording of the Conference is featured below. Please note that some of the content was not captured due to technical difficulties. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to let us know.

-TRHA Board of Directors

• Brock Slabach – NRHA
• Dr. David Lakey
Dr. Sarah Wakefield and Luanne Southern
• Jennifer Harris – Connected Nation
John Henderson – TORCH
Terry Hill – NRHC

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Rural Hospital Closures.
Physician Shortage.
Medically Underserved Areas.

These are among the key issues addressed by the Texas Rural Health Association (TRHA), based in Abilene, TX. We bring leaders together from across the state to improve the health of rural Texans through advocacy, communication, and education.

Online Webinars

We are featuring a series of online lectures featuring many prominent speakers covering multiple topics.

Supported by your membership, here are some highlights of what we do:

We support programs that address key rural health issues, such as shortages in medical services.
For example, we worked with Hendrick Health System and AHEC to increase the number of certified Community Health Workers in West Texas. By connecting patients with primary care doctors, CHWs can become important catalysts for improving the overall health of residents in rural areas and relieving stress on hospital emergency rooms.

We draw health professionals to events that promote collaboration and networking.
Major events planned for 2020 include the Rural Hospital Symposium April 29 in Abilene, TX, and the Rural Healthcare Symposium July 18 in Tyler, TX.

We work closely with policy-makers.
We ensure our members’ interests are represented in state legislative sessions.

We raise awareness on news and policies affecting rural patients and providers.
Check out our Facebook page and the news feed below from the Rural Health Information Hub.

Consider These

  • Advocacy and representation
  • Useful and timely education programs
  • Publications and social media
  • Member-driven programs and services
  • Peer networking opportunities

Our Mission

TRHA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose primary goal is to improve the health of rural Texans. Our members are dedicated to providing leadership on rural healthcare issues throughout Texas.

Member Benefits

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Meet those leading rural healthcare initiatives across Texas at a solution-oriented event.

Why Texas Rural Healthcare Matters


Total number of counties in Texas without a hospital.

See the list of critical access hospitals here >


Total number of counties in Texas without a primary care physician

The majority of rural hospitals are located in one of the state’s 139 federally designated Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) and 111 Medically Underserved Areas (MUAs)

Learn more about the Economic Impact of Rural Health Care.

For reliable news coverage on state healthcare issues, we recommend following the Texas Observer, State of Reform, and Texas Tribune. TRHA is also associated with the National Rural Health Association.

See more information regarding the state of rural healthcare

Texas Rural Health Basic Facts

Texas covers 261,797 square miles, with a 2020 estimated population of 29,527,941 people – 3,035,041 living in rural Texas (USDA-ERS). It ranks second among U.S. states in both area and population.

The Rural Health Care Crisis, Mapped

Rural Americans bear the brunt of the country’s doctor shortages—and in Texas, home to the largest rural population of any state, it’s especially acute.

Helpful Articles on Texas Healthcare

Looking for some informative articles on healthcare in the state of Texas? See more here from the Texas Observer.

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