Rural Health Care Services Outreach Program
Application Deadline: Dec 8, 2020
Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP)
Awards grant funds to establish outreach programs to strengthen the delivery of healthcare services to rural and underserved populations. Supports the development and implementation of service delivery models tailored to the unique needs of local rural communities and regions. Outreach program goals include:
- Expand new and enhanced healthcare services exclusively in rural communities
- Establish a strong consortium of local healthcare and social service providers engaged in planning and delivery of services
- Utilize community engagement and innovative, evidence-based or evidence-informed models to deliver healthcare services
- Improve population health and demonstrate health outcomes and sustainability
In addition to a Regular Outreach program track, funding is available in fiscal year 2021 through the Healthy Rural Hometown Initiative (HRHI) track. The HRHI track is designed to help communities address underlying risk factors, social determinants of health, and other systemic issues that lead to rural health disparities related to the five leading causes of avoidable death in the United States, which include:
- Heart disease
- Substance use/unintentional injury
- Chronic lower respiratory disease
The program encourages projects focused on achieving health equity by addressing the specific needs of a wide range of underserved, rural population groups, including but not limited to:
- Individuals with low income
- Elderly populations
- Pregnant women
- Minority populations
- Individuals with special healthcare needs
Amount of Funding
- Regular Outreach track - $200,000 per year
- HRHI track - $250,000 per year
Estimated number of awards
- 45 Regular Outreach awards
- 15 HRHI awards
Project period: 4 years
Estimated total program funding: $12,7500,000
Approximately $9,000,000 of the total program funding is available for Regular Outreach funding with approximately $3,750,000 available for Health Rural Hometown Initiative (HRHI) awards.
Who Can Apply
Domestic public or private, non-profit or for-profit entities, including faith-based and community-based organizations, tribes, and tribal organizations are eligible to apply.
Eligible applicants may be located in a rural or urban area but must demonstrate experience or the capacity to serve rural, underserved populations. All areas served by the project must be located in HRSA-designated rural counties or rural census tracts in urban counties. Applicants can determine whether a specific area is designated as rural by using the Rural Health Grants Eligibility Analyzer.
Applicant organizations must represent a consortium comprised of at least 3 or more healthcare provider organizations, including the applicant organization. Consortium members may be rural or urban but at least two-thirds of the consortium must be composed of entities located in HRSA-designated rural areas, as determined by the HRSA Rural Health Grants Eligibility Analyzer. For this funding opportunity a consortium may also be a network. Additional network requirements can be found in the funding announcement.
Examples of eligible consortium members include:
- Home health providers
- Mental health centers
- Primary care providers
- Oral health providers
- Substance use service providers
- Rural Health Clinics (RHC)
- Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC)
- Tribal health programs
- Social service agencies
- Health professions schools
- Local school districts
- Emergency services providers
- Community and migrant health centers
- Black lung clinics
- Faith-based organizations
- Civic organizations
- Public health agencies
Applicants should indicate in the project abstract and Attachment 12 their request for funding preference. Funding preference will be granted to applicants who can demonstrate that they meet at least one of the following qualifications:
- Qualification 1: Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) preference is given to applicants located in an officially designated HPSA. Applicants can use the HPSA Find tool to determine if an address is located in a HPSA.
- Qualification 2: Medically Underserved Community/Populations (MUC/MUPs) preference is given to applicants located in a medically underserved community or serves medically underserved populations. Applicants can use the HRSA Shortage Designation Tool to determine if an address is located in a MUC or serves a MUP.
- Qualification 3: Focus on primary care, wellness and prevention strategies preference is given to programs that focus on primary care and wellness and prevention strategies. Applicants must include a brief justification, no more than 3 sentences, describing how their program focuses on primary care and wellness and prevention strategies.
What This Program Funds
Capacity Building • Operating Costs and Staffing
Application instructions, requirements, and other information can be found in the funding announcement.
Applicants are required to notify their State Office of Rural Health (SORH) of their intent to apply to this program.
Applicant webinar recording playback
Playback number: 866-461-2738
For programmatic or technical
Alexa Ofori, MPH
For grants management or budget
Benoit Mirindi, Ph.d.
Examples of past awards rural communities have received are described online.
Rural communities who have received funding include:
- ARcare Federally Qualified Health Center in Augusta, Arkansas received funding to expand integrated primary care, behavioral health, and substance use services to 3 rural Arkansas counties. The program provides counseling, education, care coordination, and medication assisted treatment (MAT), with the goal of expanding access, reducing opioid dependence, and improving quality of life for the populations served.
- HCP Systems in Julesburg, Colorado used funds to implement telehealth services linking trained professionals with rural jails, hospitals, law enforcement, and residents in 4 rural counties in Colorado and New Mexico. Services include tele-counseling, tele-psychiatry, and telemedicine for crisis response, triage, care coordination, addiction counseling, medication assisted treatment, and client education.
- Harbor Beach Community Hospital, Inc. in Harbor Beach, Michigan was awarded funding to expand access to behavioral healthcare in primary care settings and increase access to specialty behavioral health services in rural Huron and Sanilac counties. The program utilizes tele-behavioral health to provide psychiatry and substance use services to over 2,000 patients at two primary care clinics.
Topics This Program Addresses
Community Planning and Coalition Building • Health and Wellness • Healthcare Facilities • Social Services • Substance Use Disorder