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#RuralHealthChat: Access to Funding for Rural Health Projects

Date: Thursday, November 21, 2019
Duration: approximately 60 minutes

Nonprofit organizations and healthcare providers in rural areas often rely on funding such as grants and loans to bring new projects to life or maintain existing services. Whether the funding comes from government agencies, philanthropic organizations, or corporate givers, external funding can spur innovation in rural communities.


  • National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) – @NOSORH

Special Guests:

  • Rich Davis, Deputy Administrator for the Community Facilities Program, USDA Rural Development – @usdard
  • Steve Hirsch, Program Analyst, Policy Research Division, Federal Office of Rural Health Policy – @HRSAgov
  • Toniann Richard, CEO, Healthcare Collaborative of Rural Missouri – @hccnetwork
  • Allen Smart, Project Director, The Rural Philanthropy Analysis Project, Campbell University – @allensmart6
  • John Supplitt, Senior Director, American Hospital Association, Section for Small or Rural Hospitals – @ahahospitals
  • The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation – @RWJF
  • Helmsley Charitable Trust Rural Healthcare – @HelmsleyTrust

We used the hashtag #RuralHealthChat to tweet with expert special guests about access to funding for rural health projects. To see the full conversation and access the resources shared, check them out below, via