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National Rural Organizations with an Interest in Health

The organizations listed on this page have a broad interest in rural health and human services. To find organizations and agencies that focus on a specific topic, please consult the topic guide.

AgriSafe Network
Supports a network of trained agricultural health and safety professionals that assure access to preventive services for farm families and the agricultural community.
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American Hospital Association Section for Small or Rural Hospitals
Represents the interests of small and rural hospitals and ensures that the unique needs of this segment of AHA's membership are a national priority.
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Association of Clinicians for the Underserved (ACU)
A transdisciplinary organization of clinicians, advocates, and healthcare organizations that provide healthcare for the underserved. Provides professional education, clinical tools, advocacy, patient education, training, and technical assistance.
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Center for Rural Affairs (CRA)
Works to support strong rural communities, social and economic justice, environmental stewardship, and genuine opportunity for all.
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National Association for Rural Mental Health (NARMH)
Provides a forum for rural mental health professionals, advocates, and consumers to identify issues and problems, share innovative solutions and model programs, and speak with a shared voice on issues of rural mental health concern.
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National Association of Rural Health Clinics (NARHC)
Works to improve the delivery of quality, cost-effective healthcare in rural underserved areas through the Rural Health Clinics (RHC) Program.
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National Center for Farmworker Health (NCFH)
Dedicated to improving the health status of farmworker families by providing information services and products to migrant health center service sites in the U.S. as well as other organizations and individuals serving the farmworker population.
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National Center for Frontier Communities (NCFC)
The national organization dedicated to the issues and concerns of frontier communities. The Center serves as a national clearinghouse, conducts research, informs policy, and provides education on issues of importance to frontier communities.
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National Center for Rural Health Works
Develops tools to help communities measure the economic impact of the healthcare system and to identify new healthcare services needed by the community. Provides training workshops and technical assistance to help clients understand and use these tools.
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National Cooperative of Health Networks Association (NCHN)
A national nonprofit organization of health networks, alliances, and consortiums. Supports and strengthens these organizations through collaboration, networking, leadership development, and education. NCHN's membership includes approximately 60 network organizations across the nation.
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National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH)
Promotes the capacity of State Offices of Rural Health (SORHs) to improve healthcare in the rural United States through leadership development, advocacy, education, and partnerships.
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National Rural Health Association (NRHA)
Promotes leadership on rural health issues through advocacy, communications, education, and research. Composed of individual and organizational members who share a common interest in rural health.
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National Rural Health Resource Center (NRHRC)
Provides technical assistance and information resources addressing community and population health, health information technology, leadership, workforce, strategic planning and performance improvement. Rural Health Innovations (RHI), a subsidiary of the National Rural Health Resource Center, provides programs, activities, and resources that benefit the emerging market of healthcare in rural communities.
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National Rural Recruitment & Retention Network (3RNet)
Works to help physicians and other health care professionals find practice opportunities in rural areas throughout the country. Also allows employers from rural and underserved communities to post healthcare job opportunities. Includes state information and a list of state contacts.
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Rural Behavioral Health Initiative for Children, Youth, and Families (RBH Initiative for Children, Youth, and Families)
Provides technical assistance to rural communities, focusing on mental health awareness, promotion, and service innovation for children, youth, and families. Also sponsors the Rural Behavioral Health Webinar Series, which highlights federal initiatives, innovative research, policy, practices, and trends related to behavioral health in rural America. The RBH Initiative is a product of a partnership between the American Institutes for Research (AIR), the Mental Health Promotion Branch, Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and Affirma Solutions Inc.
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Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP)
Works to ensure that rural and small communities have access to safe drinking water and sanitary wastewater and solid waste disposal.
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Rural Health Information Hub (RHIhub)
The nation’s rural health information source. Provides access to information, resources, and opportunities to support healthcare and population health in rural communities.
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Rural LISC
Works to equip rural areas with capital, strategy, and technical assistance to preserve and strengthen rural life. Partners with 86 rural community-based organizations, including five financial intermediaries. Supports partner organizations through capacity building grants, predevelopment grants, repayable investments, low cost lending capital, and equity investments.
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Rural Nurse Organization (RNO)
Recognizes, promotes, and maintains the unique specialty of rural nursing practice.
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Rural Policy Research Institute (RUPRI)
Provides unbiased analysis and information on the challenges, needs, and opportunities facing rural America. Works to help policymakers understand the rural impacts of public policies and programs.
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