Since its founding in 1985, The Center has collaborated with a diverse group of state, regional, and national partners — clinics, hospitals, rural health networks, individual health care professionals, organizations, agencies, and associations — with the goal of improving and sustaining health care delivery in the country's rural communities.
Our partners include:
Federal Office of Rural Health Policy
The Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) coordinates activities related to rural health care within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and is tasked with analyzing the possible effects of policy on residents of rural communities and providing grant funding at the local and state levels designed to increase access to quality health care.
Flex Monitoring Team
The Flex Monitoring Team (FMT), a consortium of the Rural Health Research Centers located at the Universities of Minnesota, North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Southern Maine, monitors and evaluates the Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Program (Flex) Program. FMT's work includes developing relevant quality, financial, and community benefit performance measures and reporting systems to help state and federal policymakers and rural health care providers understand the impact of the Flex Program.
National Cooperative of Health Networks Association
The National Cooperative of Health Networks Association is a national association of health networks and strategic partners which seeks to support and strengthen health networks through collaboration, networking, leadership development, and education.
National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health
The National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health is a national membership organization that works to enhance the capacity of State Offices of Rural Health by supporting the development of state and community rural health leaders; creating and facilitating state, regional, and national partnerships that foster information sharing and spur rural health-related programs/activities; and, enhancing access to quality health care services in rural communities.
National Rural Health Association
The National Rural Health Association is a national nonprofit membership organization with more than 21,000 members that provides leadership on rural issues through advocacy, communications, education, and research.
Office of Rural Health and Primary Care, Minnesota Department of Health
The Office of Rural Health and Primary Care at the Minnesota Department of Health promotes access to quality health care for all Minnesotans.
Rural Health Information Hub
The Rural Health Information Hub is a national clearinghouse, an online library of programs, tools, funding, and research that's designed to help rural communities and other rural stakeholders access the information they need to build, maintain, and improve health services.
Rural Health Value
Rural Health Value, a cooperative agreement between FORHP, the RUPRI Center for Health Policy Analysis, and Stratis Health, analyzes rural implications of changes in the organization, finance, and delivery of health care services in rural communities.
Stratis Health is a nonprofit that leads collaboration and innovation in health care quality and patient safety, and serves as a trusted expert in facilitating improvement for people and communities.
Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis, National Opinion Research Center
The Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis, National Opinion Research Center (NORC) conducts both qualitative and quantitative research focusing primarily on the impact of Medicare policies on rural communities. Their work, funded by FORHP, also addresses other rural health topics such as quality, access, home health, and workforce and health information technology.