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About this Toolkit

This toolkit was produced by the NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis, in partnership with the University of Minnesota's Rural Health Research Center, and in collaboration with the Rural Health Information Hub (RHIhub).

Toolkits are developed based on a review of FORHP grantee’s 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.

Contributors from the NORC/UMN Team include Alycia Bayne, Alexa Siegfried, Emily Arsen, Tricia Stauffer, and Alana Knudson.

For questions or comments about the toolkit, or for further assistance with using the toolkit, please contact:

The Rural Community Health Toolkit was first published on 7/13/2016 and last reviewed on 9/14/2017.

Suggested citation: NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis and University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center, 2016. Rural Community Health Toolkit [online] Rural Health Information Hub. Available at: [Accessed 14 August 2020].

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.