Rural Health Philanthropy
Philanthropic organizations nationwide are engaged in helping improve population health and healthcare in rural
communities. They have developed innovative and successful approaches to connect with rural communities and
target resources effectively. The Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP), as one of the conveners of the
Rural Health Public-Private Partnership, is working with RHIhub to
highlight the innovative work foundations and
trusts are funding in rural areas. These feature stories and case studies capture some of the work that is
underway and the people that are making things happen.
Rural Health Philanthropy: An Incubator for New Solutions
In this brief video, representatives of philanthropic organizations discuss the importance of supporting rural
communities and how rural projects can help funders discover innovative solutions:
Philanthropic Rural Health Models & Innovations
Georgia Health Initiative's CDFI Investments RHPP Partner
As the only statewide private foundation in Georgia with the sole focus of improving health, Georgia Health Initiative (formerly the Healthcare Georgia
Foundation) supports Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) that in turn provide low-interest loans
and other support to rural healthcare efforts.
Healthy Places NC RHPP Partner
A Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust initiative that provides up to $100 million over 10 years for 10-12 rural
North Carolina counties to improve residents' health.
MoCAP RHPP Partner
The Missouri Foundation for Health helps rural organizations secure funding to improve health outcomes via free
grant writing services, technical assistance, and a mailing list of funding opportunities.
Exploring Rural Health Podcast Features
Health Equity in Rural America, Part 2: The Two Georgias Initiative
February 7, 2023
Lisa Medellin, Director of Programs for the Healthcare Georgia Foundation (now the Georgia Health Initiative), shares the origins of Healthcare
Georgia's Two Georgias Initiative (TGI). She is joined by Arlene Parker Goldson, who details the Partnership for
Southern Equity's efforts to assist TGI on a regional level, and Tara Gardner, who shares her experiences with
the TGI coalition in Clay County, Georgia.
Rural Monitor Features
Philanthropy, Cross-Collaboration, and the Ecosystem That Is Rural
Healthcare Delivery: Q&A with Dr. Shao-Chee Sim
September 21, 2022
Shao-Chee Sim, PhD, vice president for research, innovation, and evaluation for the Texas-based Episcopal
Health Foundation, shares how philanthropic organizations can support community engagement, make research
investments, and leverage cross-funder collaboration to impact the rural healthcare delivery system.
Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation: Taking a Leadership Role and
January 20, 2021
Kim Barber Tieman, program director for health and human services for the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation,
shares how her foundation set up a COVID-19 grant capture team and funded grant writers to help organizations
and apply for federal funding opportunities. In addition, her foundation worked with organizations and funded
three mobile COVID testing units to better reach communities of color.
Con Alma Health Foundation: Health Equity and COVID
January 13, 2021
Dolores E. Roybal, executive director of Con Alma Health Foundation, discusses how her foundation partnered with
other funders to provide almost $2 million in grants and created an advisory committee of immigrant-led,
immigrant-serving organizations to address barriers limiting access to services.
Webinars Featuring Philanthropies