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
Lisa Davis, Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health Director, explains how her office and staff share RHIhub
information in Pennsylvania.
Tina Elliot, Senior Director of the Indiana Rural Health Association, highlights how RHIhub staff can help find
statistics, maps, and more.
Alan Morgan, the National Rural Health Association’s CEO, shares how RHIhub can help rural communities find
opportunities and resources.
John Supplitt, Senior Director of Rural Health Services at the American Hospital Association, describes how
RHIhub can help support informed decision-making related to rural health issues and policies.