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#RuralHealthChat: Examining Social Determinants of Health in Rural America

Date: November 18, 2020
Duration: approximately 60 minutes

Social determinants of health (SDOH) are factors outside of the medical care we receive that impact the health and well-being of individuals and communities. These factors — from education to discrimination to poverty — can influence and contribute to chronic health conditions and create health disparities.


  • National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) – @NOSORH

Special Guests:

  • Rural Health Research Gateway – @RHRGateway
  • Suzanne Smith, Chief Network Development Officer, Healthcare Collaborative of Rural Missouri – @hccnetwork
  • Mariana Tuttle, Researcher and Communications Fellow, University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center – @UMNRHRC
  • Shira Hollander, Senior Associate Director, Policy Development, American Hospital Association – @AHAhospitals
  • Diane M. Hall, Ph.D., MSEd., Senior Scientist for Policy and Strategy, Office of the Associate Director for Policy and Strategy, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – @CDCgov
  • County Health Rankings & Roadmaps – @CHRankings
  • Jan Eberth, Director, Rural & Minority Health Research Center – @jmeberth
  • Cara James, President & CEO, Grantmakers in Health – @GIHealth_CEO
  • National Association of Community Health Centers – @NACHC
  • National Rural Health Association – @ruralhealth
  • Association of State and Territorial Health Officials – @ASTHO
  • Julie Wood, Senior Vice President for Research, Science, and Health of the Public, American Academy of Family Physicians – @juliekwoodmd
  • NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis – @WalshCenter

In celebration of National Rural Health Day, we used the hashtags #RuralHealthChat and #PowerofRural to tweet with expert special guests and discuss the social factors that impact health in rural communities, including how to identify and address SDOH to improve quality of life and the overall health and well-being of rural residents. To see the full conversation and access the resources shared, check them out below, via