2017 Network Summit Report: The Role of Networks in the Changing Health Care Landscape

Rural Health Innovations (RHI)

To capture the evolving nature of rural health networks, Rural Health Innovations (RHI) held a Rural Health Network Summit in September 2017, supported by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP). The 2017 Rural Health Network Summit brought together rural health network leaders to consider the question “What is the role of rural health networks in the changing health care environment?” This Summit brought engaged and thoughtful network leaders together to identify critical solutions for network leaders and determine areas of focus for federal spending and technical assistance. The basic idea of the summit is that success of networks transfers to success of our rural health care system as it transitions toward population health. Within this report, RHI is presenting a combination of findings and analysis to illustrate and demonstrate the powerful role that networks can actively play within their communities.