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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 related topic guide

3RNET (National Rural Recruitment and Retention Network)
Works to help physicians and other healthcare 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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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 Rural Health Services
Represents the interests of small and rural hospitals and ensures that the unique needs of this segment of American Hospital Association'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 Economic Analysis of Rural Health (CEARH)
Provides tools and research for rural communities to explore the connection between healthcare services and the economy in their community. Organization is comprised of University of Kentucky and Oklahoma State University faculty and staff associated with the Community and Economic Development Initiative of Kentucky (CEDIK).
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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, training and technical assistance, and a variety of products to community and migrant health centers, as well as other organizations and individuals involved in farmworker health.
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National Center for Frontier Communities (NCFC)
The national organization dedicated to the issues and concerns of frontier communities. Serves as a national clearinghouse, conducts research, informs policy, and provides education on issues of importance to frontier communities.
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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 U.S. Provides opportunities for 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. Consists 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 the transition to value and population health, collaboration and partnership, performance improvement, health information technology, and workforce. Rural Health Innovations (RHI), a subsidiary of the National Rural Health Resource Center, enhances the health of rural communities by providing products and services with a focus on excellence and innovation.
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Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP)
Consists of a national network that works to ensure that rural and small communities and tribal lands have access to safe drinking water, 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 more than 140 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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Rural Telementoring Training Center (RTTC)
Provides training, technical assistance, and resources for rural and remote healthcare telementoring programs.
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Last Reviewed: 4/18/2021