Benefits of Membership
The MRHA works for quality rural healthcare for Maryland’s rural communities and their residents, and depends on the support of individuals and organizations. A stronger MRHA with a larger and active membership is the best way to ensure quality healthcare for rural Maryland. Membership in MRHA includes individuals, organizations, and students and is renewable annually.

  • Direct Support to Rural Communities
    • Website devoted to sharing information on rural issues, solutions to challenges, and opportunities for rural Maryland.
    • E-newsletters on rural health events, programs, members, and policy concerns.
    • Support of growing the rural health workforce through events like HealthSpell, two spelling events on the Eastern Shore and one in Western Maryland, that support scholarships to rural students and advocacy for policies and programs that will solve the dire shortage of healthcare workers in our rural areas. MRHA retains scholarship funds for these rural students as they begin to enter higher education in 2013.
    • Support to nine rural communities applying to be Health Enterprise Zones through MAERDAF funds that led to two rural designated zones and over 2M state funds annually to these rural communities
  • Networking
    • Participation in MRHA committees and opportunity to share knowledge and experience with peers.
    • Networking opportunities with other rural health professionals throughout the state.
    • Discounts on registration fees for MRHA annual conference and associate membership in the National Rural Health Association (NRHA).
  • Advocacy
    • Legislative alerts on issues of state and federal concerns, and instructions for call to action on legislation impacting rural areas.
    • Growing presence in Annapolis educating on the importance of improving the health of rural communities with an annual published legislative agenda and tracking of introduced legislation impacting rural health. MRHA has been instrumental in:
    • Helping to Ensure the Health Enterprise Zone (HEZ) Program recognized the growing disparity in health due to geographic isolation as part of the intent of the Maryland Health Improvement and Disparities Reduction Act of 2012.
    • Reinstatement of funding for the Rural Maryland Council (RMC) and Maryland Agriculture Educational and Rural Development Assistance Fund (MAERDAF) Grant Program in 2012 through a supplemental budget and in 2013 permanently in the Governor’s Budget
    • Passage of Telemedicine Legislation 2012-2014 that will allow more readily telemedicine to be paid for and supported in rural communities.
  • Education
    • Information on health issues impacting rural Maryland.
    • The leader in educating statewide stakeholders on programs and practices important to keep rural Maryland healthy
    • Leader in continuing a statewide rural event through facilitation of three Rural Health Conferences and the 2013 Rural Action Assembly that brought together stakeholders from all rural regions of the state to understand and learn from each other on how to improve their community’s health.
    • Partnership with Institute for a Healthiest Maryland to provide assistance to rural local communities and Local Health Improvement Coalitions.
    • Partnership with the Department of Aging to Do Outreach on Senior Health Insurance Programs
    • Partnership with the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to understand the scope of practice barriers of non-physician primary care providers in rural Maryland
    • Partnership with the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to identify best practices in finding solutions to workforce shortages in rural Maryland
    • Inventory on Telemedicine/Telehealth Projects in the State of Maryland