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:


The purpose of the Black Lung Clinics Centers of Excellence during the FY 2017-2020 grant cycle will be to strengthen the operations of Black Lung Clinics Program awardees and their ability to examine and treat respiratory and pulmonary impairments in active and inactive coal miners through improved data collection and analysis and to contribute to the body of knowledge on the health status and needs of coal miners nationally.

Clinics conduct outreach and provide services, including primary care and pulmonary rehabilitation, to current and former coal miners.

Funds organizations in the eight Delta States (Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri and Tennessee) for preventive or clinical health services for chronic disease.

Provides rural community access to automated external defibrillators (AEDs) and training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

Supports outreach and education programs as well as cancer screening for individuals exposed to nuclear fallout or nuclear materials resulting from U.S.  nuclear weapons testing.

Provides funds to communities for the purchase of automated external defibrillators and training in their use.

Supports purchase, placement and training for emergency devices that reverse the effects of opioid overdoses.

Supports community level outreach to identify and enroll individuals and families eligible for qualified health insurance plans and for public health insurance such as Medicare, Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program. Ends July 2018.

Grantees form networks of three or more organizations to coordinate care and improve outcomes in chronic disease impacting rural areas.

Provides funding for evidence-based projects that address health issues identified at the community level.

Supports activities - such as business plan development, community needs assessment, or health information technology readiness – needed to plan and develop formal health care networks at the community level.

Current grantees for this program.

Provides support for networks of rural providers to integrate administrative, clinical, technological and financial functions to improve health care delivery.  

Supports rural health networks in the recruitment, education, training, and retention of HIT specialists in rural areas. Ends August 2016.

Supports the recruitment, clinical training and retention of allied health professionals in rural areas. Ends July 2018.

Provides technical assistance in recruiting primary care physicians to rural residency programs and to Rural Training Track residency program sites.

Supports rural providers engaged in quality improvement initiatives through evidence-based quality improvement models, tests of change focused on improvement and use of health information technology to collect and report data.

Current grantees for this program.

Last Reviewed: January 2017