The Rural Health Information Hub (RHIhub), then the Rural Assistance Center, was launched in December 2002 as
the national clearinghouse of the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy. Our charge included helping rural
communities navigate the multitude of opportunities and information available that could help them provide
better healthcare to their residents.
Dr. Mary Wakefield was the first program director of the Rural Assistance Center, serving in that role from
2002-2005. Since 2005, Kristine Sande has led the efforts of the
While we concentrated on providing a comprehensive online library in our early years, our focus has grown to
building an evidence-base for rural health. Our toolkits and program models are designed to help our users learn
what works in rural communities.
On December 1, 2015, we changed our name from the Rural Assistance Center to the Rural Health Information Hub.
The new name better reflects what we do and the services we provide.
We continue to be your guide to information, resources, and opportunities that can help you improve rural
healthcare services and population health.
The Impact of RHIhub
Ann Morse Abdella of the Chautauqua County Health Network talks about why the RHIhub should be your first stop
for rural health information.
Bill Finerfrock, Executive Director of the National Association of Rural Health Clinics, discusses how the
can help rural healthcare providers find the information they need.
Donna Newchurch with the Louisiana Rural Ambulance Alliance shares how her organization used the Rural Health
Information Hub to find funding for their program.