WHEREAS, nearly 62 million citizens throughout the United States live in a rural community. In Michigan, 76 counties have residents that call these small towns, farming communities and frontier areas home; and,
WHEREAS, rural communities have diverse and unique health care needs and it is of the utmost importance to ensure access to quality health care services, including rural hospitals and community-based centers of primary care; and,
WHEREAS, various organizations and associations throughout the state, including the Michigan Center for Rural Health and the Michigan Primary Care Association, continue to support the healthcare needs and services of Michigan’s rural communities; and,
WHEREAS, on this day, we join with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and the Michigan Center for Rural Health to celebrate Rural Health Day. We raise awareness of the importance of rural health care and recognize the efforts and achievements toward advocacy in rural communities;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim November 17, 2016 as Rural Health Day in Michigan.