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Rural Community Programs

The Community-Based Division (CBD) grant programs provide funding to increase access to care in rural communities and to address their unique health care challenges. Most of CBD’s programs require community organizations to share resources and expertise using evidence-based models of care exit disclaimer in networks of two or more health care services providers. Currently funded projects include:

Black Lung Data and Resource Center

The Black Lung Data and Resource Center helps improve patient-level data collection and analysis, clinic operations, and the quality and breadth of services provided by the Black Lung Clinics Program (BLCP) recipients. Contact: Krista Mastel, 301-443-0491

Black Lung Clinics Program

Provides support to health facilities to reduce the morbidity and mortality associated with occupation-related coal mine dust lung disease through the provision of medical, outreach, educational and benefits counseling services to coal miners.

Contact: Krista Mastel, 301-443-0491

See a list of the awardees.

Delta States Rural Development Network Grant Program (DELTA)

Provides support to rural communities in the Delta States (Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri and Tennessee) to implement preventive or clinical health services for chronic diseases. Contact: Patricia Burbano, 301-443-7238

See a list of the awardees.

Radiation Exposure Screening and Education Program

Provides support for outreach services to individuals exposed to nuclear fallout or nuclear materials resulting from U.S. nuclear weapons testing. Outreach services include the development of education programs, dissemination of information on radiogenic diseases and the importance of early detection, screening of eligible individuals for cancer and other radiogenic diseases, referrals for medical treatment, and the facilitation of documentation for Radiation Exposure Compensation Act claims. Contact: Jason Rush, 301-945-3054

See a list of the awardees.

Rural Health Opioid Program

Provides support to community consortiums in rural communities to prepare individuals with opioid-use disorder to start treatment, implement care coordination practices to organize patient care activities, and support individuals in recovery by establishing new or enhancing existing behavioral counseling, peer support, and alternative pain management activities. Contact: Maribel Nunez, 301-443-0466

Rural Health Care Coordination Program

Provide support to rural health consortiums in improving access, delivery, and quality of care in rural communities. Award recipients are expected to enhance data sharing and collaboration, strengthen care coordination workforce to meet the healthcare needs within the rural communities, and increase program financial sustainability. Contact: Diana Alatorre, 301-287-2618.

See a list of the awardees.

Rural Health Care Services Outreach Grant Program

The Outreach Program provides support to rural communities to expand and enhance the delivery of health care services through a strong consortium of partners. Outreach projects utilize evidence-based or promising practice models to improve population health, and demonstrate health outcomes and sustainability. For this time, the program also includes the Healthy Rural Hometown Initiative (HRHI) to address the underlying factors that are driving growing rural health disparities related to the five leading causes of avoidable death (heart disease, cancer, unintentional injury/substance use disorder, chronic lower respiratory disease, and stroke). Contact: Katherine Lloyd, 301-443-2933.

See a list of the awardees.

Rural Health Network Development Planning Program

Network Planning provides support to rural communities for the implementation of activities needed to plan and develop formal and integrated health care networks in becoming operational. Over the course of a one-year project period, grant recipients formalize relationships with consortium members (majority of which should be rural), to develop business plans, conduct community needs assessment, network organizational assessment, and SWOT analyses. Contact: Nkem Osian, 301-443-2751.

See a list of the FY21 awardees.

Rural Health Network Development Program

Provides support to mature networks of rural health care providers and community health partners that combine the functions of the entities participating in the network in order to address the health care needs of the targeted rural community. Contact: Jillian Causey, 301-443-1493.

See a list of the awardees.

Rural HIV/AIDS Planning Program

Provides support to rural health care organizations to assist in the planning and development of an integrated rural HIV health network for HIV care and treatment activities such as, but not limited to, rural HIV health network business plan development, community needs assessment, network organizational assessment, SWOT analysis and exploration of innovative health information technology models for HIV care. Contact: Jillian Causey, 301-443-1493

See a list of the awardees.

Rural Maternity and Obstetrics Management Strategies (RMOMS) Program

More than half of all rural U.S. counties lack maternal care services. Closures are more common in small hospitals. Rural hospitals have a limited maternal care workforce. Maternal mortality and morbidity rates are rising. HRSA created the RMOMS program to address these problems. Contact: Krista Mastel, 301-443-0491.

Rural Northern Border Region Planning Program

This program supports health care groups in the Northern Border Regional Commission service area. The purpose is to plan and identify key rural health issues. Contact: Maribel Nunez, 301-443-0466.

See a list of the FY21 awardees.

Small Health Care Provider Quality Improvement Program

Provides support for the planning and implementation of evidence-based quality improvement activities in the rural primary care setting in order to improve patient health outcomes and the quality and delivery of care. Contact: Mew Pongsiri, 301-443-2752.

See a list of the FY19 awardees.

Date Last Reviewed:  June 2021

Additional Resource

Guide for Rural Health Care Collaboration and Coordination (2019) (PDF - 2 MB) This Guide describes how rural hospitals, community health centers, local public health departments, and other rural stakeholders can work together to assess and address their rural communities’ health needs.