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Rural Health Research and Policy Programs

We support the Rural Health Research Centers program. We also fund policy programs. These programs inform one another on current and future policies.

What do the Centers do?

The Centers publish research focused on rural areas. This includes health care and the health of groups of people. Each Center develops projects every year.

Learn about our projects

We publish the Centers’ research in the Rural Health Research Gateway. exit disclaimer icon

  • Summaries of research in progress
  • Results of funded projects
  • Email updates about new publications

Review our policy programs

Rapid Response Rural Data Analysis and Issue Specific Rural Research Studies

Rural Health Clinic Policy and Clinical Assessment

  • Analyzing key issues facing Rural Health Clinics

Rural Health Research Dissemination Program

Rural Health Research Program

Rural Health Innovation and Transformation Technical Assistance Program

  • Analysis of federal policy changes
  • Health care delivery, organization, and finance in rural areas
  • Technical Assistance (TA) to rural providers

National Rural Health Information Clearinghouse Program

  • Health care access
  • Population health (health for groups of people) in rural communities

National Rural Health Policy, Community, and Collaboration Program

  • Identifies, educates, and engages rural health stakeholders
  • Policy issues and promising practices

Rural Health and Economic Development Analysis Program

Rural Residency Planning and Development Program

  • Expanding the physician workforce in rural areas
  • New residency programs
  • Family medicine, internal medicine, and psychiatry
  • Managed by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) and the Bureau of Health Workforce (BHW).

Rural Residency Planning and Development Technical Assistance Program

  • Graduate medical education
  • Rural residency programs
Date Last Reviewed:  October 2021