STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich., Nov. 14, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- One in five Americans - 62 million people - live and work in rural areas. State Offices of Rural Health, other state and rural healthcare providers, industry partners, and agencies across the country will observe National Rural Health Day on Thursday, November 17, 2016. The overriding theme of National Rural Health Day, "The Power of Rural," strives to give a voice to the efforts of those who are working to serve the unique healthcare needs that exist in America's rural communities. As part of National Rural Health Day, the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) will present a series of free webinars on timely rural health topics, including a special session for rural hospital leaders, physicians and other rural health stakeholders on rural health policy led by Maggie Elehwany, vice president of Government Affairs and Policy for the National Rural Health Association, and Andrew Coats, NOSORH's Legislative Liaison. All of the 30-minute "Websights" are live and feature industry experts with other topics that include farmer health and data-driven solutions to manage population health. In addition, State Offices of Rural Health and their partners will celebrate National Rural Health Day in their own way around the nation. A few examples include: a statewide photo contest in North Dakota; a healthcare careers interview contest in Montana that allows students to recognize healthcare workers and explore healthcare careers; and a community celebration in Colorado with hospital staff, state legislators and other community members invited. Finally, on November 17, 2016, NOSORH will launch a major year-long initiative called " Pledge to Partner," which can be found at PowerofRural.org. The initiative will call on rural health organizations, companies that serve rural health providers, and all those for whom rural health matters, to commit to four specific calls to action: Innovate, Collaborate, Educate and Communicate. At a time when rural health funding and policies must be in place to ensure the needs of rural communities are met, the Pledge to Partner aims to mobilize rural health stakeholders to focus on solutions. NOSORH is asking all those celebrating National Rural Health Day to take to social media and make #PowerofRural a trending topic. www.nosorh.org/nrhdIf you would like more information about National Rural Health Day, contact: Ashley Muninger at: firstname.lastname@example.org or (888)391-7258 ext 104. To learn more about the State Offices of Rural Health, use this video link.