Module 3: Program Clearinghouse
This module describes examples of organizations that are implementing programs to advance health equity in rural
communities. A few of these organizations are funded by the HRSA Federal Office of Rural Health Policy as part
of the 330A Outreach Authority program, which focuses on expanding access to healthcare services in rural
Strategies for advancing health equity are available in Module
2. These programs often address a range of social
determinants of health as part of their efforts to advance health equity. The Social Determinants of
Health Toolkit provides additional examples of rural communities addressing upstream factors that affect health
- American Indian Cancer Foundation (AICAF)
Project Title: Prevention & Policy Program
Synopsis: This program provides technical assistance to help tribes address cancer risk
factors through several strategies, including policy, systems, and environmental change.
- Health Equity and Access in Rural Regions (HEARR)
Project Title: HEARR Water Quality Project
Synopsis: This initiative established academic-community partnerships that seek to advance
health equity and environmental justice in rural Virginia.
- Georgia Health Initiative (formerly the Healthcare Georgia Foundation)
Project Title: Two Georgias Initiative
Synopsis: This initiative supports local coalitions seeking to expand access to quality
healthcare and achieve greater health equity among rural Georgians.
- Marshall Browning Hospital and
Project Title: Transition 2 Hope
Synopsis: This initiative in rural Perry County, Illinois, is establishing cross-sector
collaborations to address priority health issues in the community, including homelessness.
- Rice County Public Health
Project Title: Health Equity Plan
Synopsis: This local health department in rural Minnesota developed a health equity plan to
address inequitable outcomes in the community.
- Southeast Arizona Area Health Education Center
Project Title: Healthy Farms Program
Synopsis: This program used a community health worker model to engage community members in
local health issues and eventually build permanent infrastructure to effect change.
- West Marion Inc.
Synopsis: This coalition of community members and cross-sector partners in rural McDowell
County, North Carolina, seeks to advance equity through policy and systems change.
- Williamson Health and Wellness
Project Title: Healthy in the Hills Network
Synopsis: This network of cross-sector partners in rural Mingo County, West Virginia, and
Pike County, Kentucky, is improving physical environments and increasing access to opportunities for healthy
living for community members.