WHEREAS, rural communities in Michigan and throughout the United States are wonderful places to live and work – they are places where people know each other, listen to/respect each other and work together to benefit the community; and,
WHEREAS, meeting the unique health care needs of those citizens is constantly evolving, as rural communities face accessibility issues, a lack of health care providers, an aging population suffering from a greater number of chronic conditions, and larger percentages of uninsured and underinsured citizens; and,
WHEREAS, ambulatory and emergency medical services are especially critical in rural America, where 20 percent of the nation’s population lives but nearly 60 percent of all trauma deaths occur; and,
WHEREAS, rural hospitals – in addition to being sources of innovation and resourcefulness that reach beyond geographical boundaries to deliver quality care – are also typically the economic foundation of their communities, with every dollar spent generating about $2.20 for the local economy; and,
WHEREAS, being a rural health care provider provides tremendous opportunities to offer more comprehensive, compassionate, patient-centered and holistic care to patients; and,
WHEREAS, the Michigan Office of Rural Health and the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health play a distinct and critical role by leading efforts to address the unique health care needs of our rural citizens; and,
WHEREAS, on this day, we join with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, the Michigan Office of Rural Health and the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health to celebrate Rural Health Day;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim November 15, 2018 as Rural Health Day in Michigan.