Mobilizing Community Partnerships in Rural Communities: Strategies and Techniques

July 2013
National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO)

Building partnerships among local health departments (LHDs), community health centers, health care organizations, offices of rural health, hospitals, nonprofit organizations, and the private sector is essential to meet the needs of rural communities. Effective local partnerships set the stage for well-coordinated strategic planning that both maximizes resources and encourages creative approaches to persistent public health concerns. This guidebook describes how rural communities can develop and maintain partnerships and provides stories from the field.