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Community Vitality and Rural Healthcare Organizations

Center for Rural Affairs (CRA)
Works to strengthen small businesses, family farms and ranches, and rural communities throughout the nation. Foundation is based in Nebraska.
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Economic Development Administration (EDA)
Supports industrial and commercial growth in economically-distressed rural and urban areas of the United States. Part of the U.S. Department of Commerce. Offers funding for regional economic development, including public works projects and job creation projects. Past projects have included funding for water and wastewater projects in hospitals and healthcare facilities, and road infrastructure projects that would support the expansion of healthcare facilities.
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Heartland Center for Leadership Development
Works to develop local leadership that responds to the challenges of the future. Focused on practical resources and public policies for rural community survival. Provides training and services in leadership, community development, strategic planning, evaluation, and energizing entrepreneurship.
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National Association of Development Organizations (NADO)
Advocates for a regional approach to community, economic and rural development. Provides a network for its members to share ideas and innovations.
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National Center for Rural Health Works
Develops tools for local residents to measure the economic impact of their health care system and to identify new health care services needed by their community. Provides training workshops and technical assistance to help clients understand and use these tools.
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National Cooperative of Health Networks Association (NCHN)
A national nonprofit organization of health networks, alliances, collaboratives, and consortium. Supports and strengthens these organizations through collaboration, networking, leadership development and education. NCHN's membership currently includes approximately 60 networks (mostly rural) representing over 600 hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, community-based health programs, and Health Information Technology (HIT) organizations.
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National Rural Health Association (NRHA)
Promotes leadership on rural health issues through advocacy, communications, education, and research. Composed of individual and organizational members who share a common interest in rural health.
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National Rural Water Association (NRWA)
The National Rural Water Association is a non-profit federation of State Rural Water Associations. Their mission is to provide support services to our State Associations who have more than 22,000 water and wastewater systems as members.
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Partners for Rural America (PRA)
Serves as the national association of State Rural Development Councils (SRDCs). Operates in 37 states. Works to expand economic and social opportunities in rural communities, promote equal treatment by government agencies and the private sector, and provide a collective voice for rural America. Includes a listing of all state rural development councils.
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Partnership for Sustainable Communities
Collaboration between the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Department of Transportation whose goal is to improve access to affordable housing, increase transportation options, and lower transportation costs while protecting the environment.
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Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP)
Provides technical assistance services and training related to rural solid waste programs, housing, economic development, public health, comprehensive community assessment and planning, and environmental regulations.
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USDA Economic Research Service (USDA ERS)
Anticipates trends and emerging issues related to agriculture, food, the environment, and rural America. Conducts economic research on these topics to inform and enhance public and private decision making.
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USDA Rural Development (USDA RD)
Helps improve the economy and quality of life in all of rural America through programs that support economic development and essential services such as housing, health care, first responder services and equipment, and water, electric and communications infrastructure.
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Last Reviewed: 8/10/2015