About this Toolkit
The Rural Health Networks and Coalitions Toolkit was first published on 4/28/2017.
Toolkits are developed based on a review of FORHP grantees' applications, foundation-funded projects, and an
extensive literature review, to identify evidence-based and promising models. Programs featured in the toolkit
are interviewed to provide insights about their work and guidance for other rural communities interested in
undertaking a similar project.
This toolkit was produced by the University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center in collaboration with the NORC
Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis and the Rural Health Information Hub (RHIhub).
Contributors from the University of
Minnesota Rural Health Research Center include Amanda Corbett, Ira Moscovice, and Hank Stabler.
The University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center wishes to acknowledge the following individuals, who have
contributed their time and expertise to ensure that this toolkit is as useful and up-to-date as possible:
Debra Laine, Joe Wivoda, Becky Gourde, Sally Bucky, Terry Hill, and Kap Wilkes, National Rural Health Resource Center
Kitty Jerome, County Health Rankings & Roadmaps
Tim Size, Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative
Jill Krueger, Network for Public Health Law
Brock Slabach, National Rural Health Association
For questions or comments about the toolkit, or for further assistance with using the toolkit, please contact:
Suggested citation: University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center and NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health
Analysis, 2017. Rural Health Networks and Coalitions Toolkit [online] Rural Health Information Hub. Available at:
[Accessed 18 August 2022].
The development of this toolkit was supported by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP),
Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Department (HHS)
under contract #HHSH250201300021I/HHSH25034002T.