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Rural Health Care Services Outreach Program Accepting Applications

Oct 10, 2017

The Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) is pleased to announce that the Rural Health Care Services Outreach Program (Outreach Program) is accepting applications through December 6, 2017. Applicants must be:

  • Located in a rural county or eligible census tract
  • A rural public or nonprofit private entity
  • Part of a consortium with at least two additional organizations
  • Not a previous Outreach grantee for the same or similar project

It is anticipated that successful awardees will receive up to $200,000 a year for three years to implement evidence-based or promising practice models that will increase access to health care in rural communities.

Since the program’s inception in 1991, the Outreach Program has funded hundreds of rural health consortiums across the United States and U.S. territories to develop new and innovative health care delivery systems in rural communities that lack essential, population-specific health care services. Past consortiums have used Outreach Program funding to establish and expand telehealth services, address health disparities plaguing minority populations, combat substance use, enhance mental health services for persons tackling chronic conditions, and improve overall health outcomes for geriatric populations by focusing on mental health and social well-being. Read more about past awardees’ projects and watch the latest videos featuring their work.

During this upcoming grant cycle, applicants will have the option to apply under the regular Outreach track (projects that focus on any health-related topic) or through a newly created track within the Outreach Program called Health Improvement Special Project (HISP). HISP awardees will address cardiovascular disease (CVD) and meet certain requirements, as outlined in the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NoFo). Successfully awarded HISP participants will utilize the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Heart Age Calculator to assess CVD risk among their patients and will be strongly encouraged to track the same individuals throughout the 3-year project period.

Historically, the range of projects funded by the Outreach Program has been broad, complicating efforts to evaluate the program as a whole. Describing the anticipated long-term effects of project activities has also proven difficult given the relatively short project period and that projects have tended to focus on prevention rather than treatment. HISP attempts to overcome these challenges by evaluating the impact of Outreach Program funding on a discrete health outcome—CVD—on a select group of individuals over the course of the three-year grant.

For more information on how to apply to the Outreach Program, please visit FORHP will hold a Technical Assistance Webinar for applicants on Tuesday, November 14, 2017. Details regarding the webinar can be found below:

Date: Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Time: 2 – 3 p.m. ET
Call-In Number: 1-800-369-2036
Participant Code: 1622646
Playback Number: 1-866-373-9239

You may also contact the Outreach Program Coordinator, Meriam Mikre, at or 301-945-3110, with questions about the Program or Notice of Funding Opportunity.

Source: Federal Office of Rural Health Policy