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Education and Training of the Rural Healthcare Workforce – Organizations

CDC's Office of Minority Health & Health Equity (OMHHE)
Comprised of three units - Women's Health, Diversity and Inclusion Management, and Minority Health and Health Equity - working 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.
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Cross Cultural Health Care Program (CCHCP)
Serves as a bridge between communities and healthcare institutions to ensure full access to quality healthcare that is culturally and linguistically appropriate. Provides cultural competency and medical interpreter training.
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Institute for Diversity in Health Management
Committed to expanding healthcare leadership opportunities for ethnically, culturally, and racially diverse individuals, and increasing the number of these individuals entering and advancing in the field. Offers the Certificate in Diversity Management in HealthCare which focuses on promoting a culturally competent workforce for those working with diverse populations.
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National Center for Cultural Competence (NCCC)
Devoted to increasing the capacity of health and mental health programs to design, implement, and evaluate culturally and linguistically competent service delivery systems. Provides tools, publications, and other resources online.
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National Center for Rural Health Professions (NCRHP)
Dedicated to meeting healthcare needs of rural Illinois residents, through projects involving multiple health professions. Emphasizes recruitment, retention, and healthcare delivery initiatives. Located on the campus of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford.
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National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD)
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.
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Richard G. Lugar Center for Rural Health
Works to prepare and train primary care physicians for rural practice. Promotes rotations in Rural Health Clinics, community health centers, and Critical Access Hospitals. Oversees the Summer Hoosier Rural Preceptorship which immerses medical students in rural underserved communities in Indiana and Illinois.
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RTT Collaborative (RTTC)
Cooperative of rural health professions education programs, including 1-2 Rural Training Track family medicine residency programs. Provides technical assistance to programs and supports student interest in rural training.
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Rural Health Innovation Collaborative (RHIC)
Focuses on inter-professional education and training, improving rural healthcare access, and addressing healthcare workforce shortages in rural populations through a collaboration of 13 public and private academic, healthcare, government, and community-based organizations in Indiana. Sponsors the Rural Health Innovation Collaborative (RHIC) Simulation Center that provides educational opportunities for students and professionals interested in rural health.
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Rural PREP
The Collaborative for Rural Primary care, Research, Education and Practice (Rural PREP) works to provide educational content for rural primary care providers through learning communities. Features a collaboration between the University of Washington School of Medicine, Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, the University of North Dakota, and other partners.
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RuralGME.org
Brings together partners in medical specialties and experts in all aspects of rural graduate medical education, to promote prospective or existing rural residency programs and help them assess their ability to qualify for a HRSA Rural Residency Planning and Development Program grant.
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Last Reviewed: 9/30/2019