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
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 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
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! 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 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 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 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.