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Module 3: Program Clearinghouse

Rural organizations partner with philanthropies to improve health and well-being. This section describes examples of rural organizations that have established successful partnerships with philanthropies. For more information about the emerging strategies described in this section, see Module 2.

  • Healthy Gorge Initiative
    Project Title: Columbia Gorge Collective Impact Health Specialist
    Synopsis: The Collective Impact Health Specialist (CIHS) is a full-time position created through a partnership between the United Way of the Columbia Gorge and Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital.
  • Northwest Rural Health Network
    Project Title: Northwest Rural Health Network
    Synopsis: Regional health network collaborating with a regional foundation and a healthcare system to implement a care coordination model across three rural counties.
  • Project Lead The Way
    Project Title: Project Lead The Way
    Synopsis: Project Lead The Way (PLTW) is a nonprofit organization supported by numerous foundations that provides a transformative learning experience for PreK-12 students and teachers across the United States.
  • North Dakota State University
    Project Title: American Indian Public Health Resource Center
    Synopsis: With funding from the Helmsley Charitable Trust and others, the American Indian Public Health Resource Center provides technical assistance, research, programming, policy development, and self-determination feasibility analysis to address disparities.
  • Power Up, Speak Out!
    Project Title: Power Up, Speak Out!
    Synopsis: Power Up, Speak Out! is an evidence-informed educational toolkit designed to prevent bullying and teen dating violence in rural communities, and has received funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and other philanthropies.
  • Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board
    Project Title: Native Dental Therapy Initiative
    Synopsis: With support from local foundations, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Pew Charitable Trusts, and the Arcora Foundation, the Native Dental Therapy Initiative is part of an effort to improve dental health in American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho, providing opportunities for AI/ANs to become Dental Health Aide Therapists (DHATs).
  • Hillsdale County Drug Treatment Court
    Project Title: Hillsdale County Drug Treatment Court
    Synopsis: With funding from local foundations and government agencies, the Hillsdale County Drug Treatment Court offers misdemeanor drug defendants the opportunity to enter a two-year court-supervised rehabilitative program as an alternative to probation or other corrective sentences.
  • Michigan Good Food Fund
    Project Title: Michigan Good Food Fund
    Synopsis: MGFF was established by a coalition of philanthropic, nonprofit, university, and governmental partners and funding sources to provide financing and business assistance to good food enterprises benefiting underserved communities in Michigan.
  • Vision To Learn
    Project Title: Vision To Learn
    Synopsis: Vision To Learn brings a mobile vision clinic to schools and organizations to increase access to vision care for children in low-income communities. It partners with a number of community foundations and philanthropies.