The Rural Health Philanthropy Partnership is an ongoing collaboration among almost 40 federal and philanthropic stakeholders dedicated to improving health care in rural America.
Partipating organizations are committed to ongoing public-private collaborations in rural health care. The philanthropies span the country, from as far west as Alaska to the south central counties of Pennsylvania, and regions between the two. They address the health care needs of rural communities in fields including mental and oral health services, telemedicine, and child and elderly care, to name a few.
The Rural Health Philanthropy Partnership meets annually in Washington, D.C. to discuss opportunities for increasing the accessibility and quality of health care for the almost 60 million Americans living in rural communities. Federal representatives from the White House Rural Council learn about ongoing and emerging philanthropic efforts in rural health while foundation representatives learn about federal programs that support health care in rural communities. Participants share information on successful projects, evidence-based approaches, and emerging research and evaluation findings.
The impetus for the Rural Health Philanthropy Partnership came from the White House Rural Council, which has engaged in a governmentwide effort to better support rural communities. Since its inception in 2011, the Council has encouraged a broad range of public-private partnerships to support rural America. In 2013, the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, in partnership with Grantmakers In Health and the National Rural Health Association, formed the Rural Health Philanthropy Partnership to create an ongoing forum for collaboration and information sharing designed to improve health care in rural communities.
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