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Rural Health Policy Organizations

American Hospital Association (AHA)
Represents and serves all types of hospitals, healthcare networks, patients, and communities.
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Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO)
Represents state and territorial public health agencies in the U.S., including the District of Columbia. Works to inform public health policy and practice, advocate for public health professionals, and provide technical assistance to public health agencies. Includes a Preparedness Policy Committee to assist public health agencies responding to public health threats and emergencies.
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Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP)
Works on fiscal policy issues and issues affecting low- and moderate-income individuals and families.
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CMS Rural Health Council
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) council focused on improving access to care in rural settings, supporting the economics of providing healthcare in rural America, and ensuring that the healthcare innovation agenda fits rural health care markets.
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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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Georgia Health Policy Center (GHPC)
Provides evidence-based research, program development and policy guidance on local, state and national levels to improve health status at the community level.
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Government Accountability Office (GAO)
An independent, nonpartisan agency that serves as the audit, evaluation, and investigative arm of Congress.
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Maine Rural Health Research Center
One of the Rural Health Research Centers currently funded by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy. Focuses on barriers to health access for rural residents and related topics, including health insurance coverage, Medicaid, behavioral health, long-term services and supports, and challenges faced by Rural Health Clinics and Critical Access Hospitals in delivering and sustaining services
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Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC)
A nonpartisan congressional agency that advises the U.S. Congress on Medicaid and CHIP (Children's Health Insurance Program) policy, including issues on payment, access to care, and healthcare reform. Includes statistical reports.
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Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC)
A nonpartisan legislative branch agency that provides the U.S. Congress with analysis and policy advice on the Medicare program. Examines access to care, quality of care, and other issues affecting Medicare.
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National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP)
Works to help states achieve excellence in health policy and practice. Conducts policy analysis, provides training and technical assistance to states, and convenes state, regional, and national forums.
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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 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 Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL)
National organization for state lawmakers and legislative staff members. Works to improve the quality and effectiveness of state legislatures.
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National Governors Association (NGA)
Provides governors and their senior staff with services including representing states on Capitol Hill and before the Administration, developing policy reports on innovative state programs, and hosting networking seminars for state government executive branch officials.
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National Indian Health Board (NIHB)
Works to strengthen tribal management capabilities in health and human service delivery.
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National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH)
Promotes the capacity of State Offices of Rural Health (SORHs) to improve healthcare in the rural United States through leadership development, advocacy, education, and partnerships.
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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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NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis
Provides policy analysis, research and evaluation on issues affecting rural health, such as changes in Medicare payments to rural providers, access to care for rural residents, and the rural public health infrastructure.
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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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RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis
One of the Rural Health Research Centers currently funded by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy. Focuses on access to healthcare services, Medicare policies, development of rural delivery systems, and public health.
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Rural and Minority Health Research Center
One of the Rural Health Research Centers currently funded by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy. Focuses on investigating persistent inequities in health status within the population of the rural U.S., with an emphasis on inequities stemming from socioeconomic status, race and ethnicity, and access to healthcare services. Formerly the South Carolina Rural Health Research Center.
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Rural Health Research Gateway
Provides access to all of the research and findings of the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy's (FORHP) Rural Health Research and Policy Analysis Centers. Covers current and completed research projects and publications resulting from those projects. Includes information about the research centers and individual researchers.
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Rural Health Value
Formed by a cooperative agreement between the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, the RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis, and Stratis Health, Rural Health Value provides education, information, tools, and resources to help create high performance rural health systems. Formerly called the Rural Health System Analysis and Technical Assistance (RHSATA) program.
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Rural Policy Research Institute (RUPRI)
Provides unbiased analysis and information on the challenges, needs, and opportunities facing rural America. Works to help policymakers understand the rural impacts of public policies and programs.
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Rural Policy Research Institute Rural Health Panel (RUPRI)
Provides decision-makers with timely, objective, and expert analysis of the implications of policy for rural health.
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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: 9/11/2017