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Rural Health Information Hub

Formerly the
Rural Assistance Center


Healthcare Access in Rural Communities Organizations

American Hospital Association Section for Small or Rural Hospitals
Represents the interests of small and rural hospitals and ensures that the unique needs of this segment of AHA's membership are a national priority.
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Association of Clinicians for the Underserved (ACU)
A nonprofit, transdisciplinary organization of clinicians, advocates, and health care organizations working to improve the health of America's underserved populations and to enhance the development and support of the medical and dental clinicians serving these populations.
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Families USA
Families USA is a national nonprofit, non-partisan organization dedicated to the achievement of high-quality, affordable healthcare for all Americans.
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Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP)
Coordinates activities related to rural healthcare within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Part of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Focuses on matters affecting rural hospitals and healthcare, coordinating activities within the department that relate to rural healthcare, and maintaining a national information clearinghouse.
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Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured
Provides information and analysis on health care coverage and access for the low-income population, with a special focus on Medicaid's role and coverage of the uninsured.
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Maine Rural Health Research Center (MRHC)
One of the Rural Health Research Centers currently funded by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy. Works to inform healthcare policymaking and the delivery of rural health services, focusing on rural healthcare financing and system reform, rural long term care, and rural mental health.
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Mobile Healthcare Association
Promotes and serves the mobile healthcare sector through advocacy, education, and research in order to increase access to healthcare.
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National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services (NACRHHS)
21-member citizens' panel of nationally recognized rural health experts that provides recommendations on rural issues to the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services.
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National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC)
Provides services and technical assistance to community, migrant, and homeless health centers.
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National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics (NAFC)
Works to ensure access to affordable health care services for the medically underserved through public awareness, volunteerism, and advocacy. Website includes a database to search for a free or charitable clinic by city and state or zip code.
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National Association of Rural Health Clinics (NARHC)
Works to improve the delivery of quality, cost-effective healthcare in rural underserved areas through the Rural Health Clinics (RHC) Program.
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National Health Service Corps (NHSC)
Works to improve the health of underserved populations by recruiting and retaining health professionals to deliver healthcare in rural and underserved communities. Administers scholarship and loan repayment programs. Provides technical assistance to federally designated Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) on projects that enhance the NHSC's site development mission. Part of the Bureau of Health Workforce, Health Resources and Services Administration.
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National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH)
Works to foster and promote legislation, information exchange, education, and liaison activities with all State Offices of Rural Health, the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, the National Rural Health Association, and other organizations.
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National Rural Health Association (NRHA)
Promotes leadership, ideas, information, communication, education, research, advocacy, and methods to improve rural health. Composed of individual and organizational members who share a common interest in rural health.
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North Carolina Rural Health Research Program (NC RHRP)
One of the Rural Health Research Centers currently funded by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy. Works to identify rural health problems through policy-relevant analyses, geographic and graphical presentation of data, and information dissemination. Focuses on federal insurance programs and healthcare delivery organizations and access.
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Rural Policy Research Institute (RUPRI)
Conducts policy-relevant research and facilitates public dialogue to assist policymakers in understanding the rural impacts of public policies and programs.
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State Health Access Data Assistance Center (SHADAC)
Provides services related to data collection and analysis. Focuses on state health policy, healthcare access, health insurance exchanges, payment and delivery system reform, Medicaid, and related topics.
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University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center
One of the Rural Health Research Centers currently funded by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy. Conducts research and disseminates information, with primary areas of research focused on quality of care and quality improvement in rural areas.
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WWAMI Rural Health Research Center (WWAMI RHRC)
One of the Rural Health Research Centers currently funded by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy. Focuses on training and supply of rural healthcare providers, availability and quality of care for rural women and children, and access to high-quality care for vulnerable and minority rural populations. Based in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine.
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Last Reviewed: 6/9/2017