About this Toolkit
The Social Determinants of Health in Rural Communities Toolkit was first published on
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
were 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 NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis in collaboration with the Rural
Health Information Hub (RHIhub).
Contributors from the NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis include Katherine Groesbeck, Molly Powers,
Luciana Rocha, and Amy Rosenfeld.
The NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis 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
- Randy Wykoff, East Tennessee State University
- Carrie Henning-Smith, University of Minnesota, Division of Health Policy and Management
- Kathleen Belanger, Franciscan University of Steubenville
For questions or comments about the toolkit, or for further assistance with using the toolkit, please contact:
Suggested citation: NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health
Analysis, 2020. Social Determinants of Health in Rural Communities Toolkit [online] Rural Health Information Hub. Available at:
[Accessed 5 December 2023].
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.