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Rural Health Disparities Organizations

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
Sponsors and conducts research that provides evidence-based information on healthcare outcomes, quality, cost, use, and access. The information helps healthcare decision makers - patients and clinicians, health system leaders, purchasers, and policymakers - make more informed decisions and improve the quality of healthcare services.
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American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP)
Works to improve the health of patients, families, and communities. Advocates for the Patient Centered Medical Home, promotes education for physicians and residents, and provides leadership in health promotion.
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American Public Health Association (APHA)
Works to influence policies and set priorities in public health.
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Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF)
Influences policy, mobilizes communities, and strengthens programs and organizations to improve the health of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders living in the United States and its jurisdictions.
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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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CDC's Office of Minority Health & Health Equity (OMHHE)
An agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services comprised of experts dedicated to increasing CDC's impact on health equity. Collaborates with the Program Performance and Evaluation Office (PPEO), to ensure all CDC programs address health disparities at all levels, including rural health disparities, through planning, performance, accountability, and program evaluation.
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HRSA Office of Women's Health
Coordinates women's activities across the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) programs.
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Indian Health Service (IHS)
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.
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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 Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD)
The mission is to promote minority health and to lead, coordinate, support, and assess the NIH effort to reduce and eliminate health disparities. NCMHD will conduct and support basic, clinical, social, and behavioral research, promote research infrastructure and training, foster emerging programs, disseminate information, and reach out to minority and other health disparity communities.
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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 Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities (NPA)
Mission is to mobilize and connect individuals and organizations across the country to create a nation free of health disparities, with quality health outcomes for all people.
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National REACH Coalition (REACH)
REACH (Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health) is a national network of community-based organizations that focuses on eliminating racial and ethnic disparities in health. REACH supports CDC funded REACH grantees.
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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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NCI Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities (CRCHD)
Works with National Cancer Institute divisions and National Institute of Health institutes and centers to promote research and training in cancer health disparities, including disparities based on geography, race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and other factors.
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Rural Center for AIDS/STD Prevention (RCAP)
Focuses on the promotion of HIV/STD prevention in rural America, with the goal of reducing HIV/STD incidence. Provides resources, educational materials, and approaches to rural HIV/STD prevention.
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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health (OMH)
Serves to improve and protect the health of racial and ethnic minority populations through the development of health policies and programs that will eliminate health disparities. Part of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.
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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women's Health (OWH)
Coordinates women's health efforts in the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services to eliminate disparities in health status. Supports educational programs that encourage women to take personal responsibility for their own health and wellness.
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Last Reviewed: 11/14/2017