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U.S. Department of Health Resources and Services Administration: Rural Health Care Services Outreach Program

Deadline: November 14, 2014

The Rural Health Care Services Outreach program expands health care delivery in rural areas. Funding may be used to conduct health screenings, health fairs, education and training, and any other health service delivery activity that does not involve inpatient care. Projects are based on evidence-based or promising practice models and demonstrate health status improvement in rural communities. The community being served must be involved in the development and ongoing operations of the program, to appropriately address the needs of the population.

The goals for the Outreach Program are the following:

  1. Expand the delivery of health care services to include new and enhanced services exclusively in rural communities.
  2. Deliver health care services through a strong consortium, in which every consortium member organization is actively involved and engaged in the planning and delivery of services.
  3. Utilize and/or adapt an evidence-based or promising practice model(s) in the delivery of health care services.
  4. Improve population health, and demonstrate health outcomes and sustainability.

Proposed projects will have an outcomes-oriented approach that will enhance and sustain the delivery of effective health care in rural communities. Proposed projects will be grounded in an evidence-based or promising practice model(s) in order to avoid “reinventing the wheel.” Projects based on an evidence-based or promising practice model have shown to be effective in addressing the community’s need, improving the health status of its residents, and sustaining the project beyond Federal funding.

Amount: Maximum awards are $200,000 per year for three years.

Eligibility: The lead applicant organization must be a rural non-profit or rural public entity that represents a consortium/network of three or more health care providers. Federally-recognized tribal governments and organizations are eligible to apply as long as they are located in a rural area. The applicant organization must be located in a non-metropolitan county or in a rural census tract of a metropolitan county and all services must be provided in a non-metropolitan county or rural census tract. For eligibility, see: http://datawarehouse.hrsa.gov/RuralAdvisor/RuralHealthAdvisor.aspx

Link: http://www.hrsa.gov/ruralhealth/about/community/careservicesoutreach.html

Note: A webinar will be held on September 24, from 11:00 am – 12:30 pm MST.

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