Rural Health Disparities – Organizations
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Lead federal agency focused on improving the safety and quality of the nation's healthcare system. Invests in research to understand how to make healthcare safer, higher quality, more accessible, equitable, and affordable. Develops resources, tools, and data to help healthcare professionals, policymakers, and consumers make informed health decisions.
American Academy of Family Physicians
Supports family medicine physicians. Works to improve the health of patients, families, and communities. Advocates for the patient-centered medical home model, promotes education for physicians and residents, and provides leadership in health promotion.
American Public Health Association
Works to improve and promote the health of the public and
achieve equality in health status. Influences policy, sets
public health priorities, advances prevention, and promotes
American Public Health Association Rural and Frontier Health Committee
Committee of APHA's Medical Care Section focused on the
health challenges and needs of people living in rural and
frontier areas. For information, contact Barbara Levin at
BarbL11@aol.com or Cody Mullen at email@example.com.
Association of Clinicians for the Underserved
A transdisciplinary organization of clinicians, advocates,
and healthcare organizations that provide healthcare for
the underserved. Provides professional education, clinical
tools, advocacy, patient education, training, and technical
CDC's Office of Minority Health & Health Equity
Comprises Women's Health, Diversity and Inclusion Management, and Minority Health and Health Equity. Works to reduce and eliminate health disparities and advance health equity. Ensures all CDC programs address health disparities at all levels, including rural health disparities, through planning, performance, accountability, and program evaluation.
HRSA Office of Women's Health
Coordinates women's health-related activities and education
across Health Resources and Services Administration
(HRSA) programs. Supports programs that provide healthcare
services to geographically isolated, economically or
medically vulnerable women and girls.
Indian Health Service
Provides federal health services to American Indians and Alaska Natives. Works to positively affect the physical, mental, social, and spiritual health of American Indians and Alaska Natives. Administers scholarship and loan repayment programs for American Indian and Alaska Native health professionals. Part of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.
National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities
Promotes minority health and works to lead, coordinate, support, and assess the National Institutes of Health (NIH) efforts to reduce and eliminate health disparities. Conducts and supports basic, clinical, social, and behavioral research. Offers research infrastructure and training, and fosters emerging programs, information dissemination, and partnering with minority and other health disparity communities.
National REACH Coalition
Serves as a network of community-based organizations
focused on eliminating racial and ethnic disparities in
health by promoting equal access to healthcare and
healthcare resources. Provides technical assistance and
other resources for members working to address health
National Rural Health Association
Promotes leadership on rural health issues through
advocacy, communications, education, and research. Consists
of individual and organizational members who share a common
interest in rural health.
NCI Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities
Collaborates with the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to
develop and promote basic, clinical, translational, and
population-based research regarding cancer health
disparities. Informs program direction and scientific
policy to strengthen cancer disparities research, diversity
training, women's health, and sexual and gender minority
Last Reviewed: 11/28/2022