The Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) has awarded approximately $13 million to 44 rural health networks for the Rural Health Network Development (RHND) Program. This is a three-year opportunity designed to support integrated rural health care networks address the health care needs of their rural communities.
Recipients will receive up to $300,000 per year and are expected to achieve efficiencies, expand access to and improve the quality of essential health care services, and strengthen the rural health care system as a whole. Awarded applications range in a variety of focus areas including care coordination, value based care, chronic disease management, and behavioral health services.
Historically, grantees have been successful in leveraging finances by using FORHP grants to sustain their efforts; they have been able to combine federal funds with local and foundation dollars to support the continuation and development of health care services in rural areas. Organizations have innovatively expanded their programs to serve different populations and regions while ensuring that their programs align with the current health care landscape. Any opportunities you may find to engage and collaborate with the new cohort of RHND grantees would be greatly appreciated.