Grants to USA and territories nonprofit organizations and for-profit entities to improve and expand health care in rural areas. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. The purpose of this program is to promote the planning and development of integrated rural health care networks to (i) achieve efficiencies; (ii) expand access to, coordinate, and improve the quality of basic health care services and associated health outcomes; and (iii) strengthen the rural health care system as a whole.
This program supports one year of planning and brings together key parts of a rural health care delivery system, particularly those entities that may not have collaborated in the past, to establish and/or improve local capacity in order to strengthen rural community health interventions, and enhance care coordination.For the purposes of this program, an integrated health care network is defined as an organizational arrangement among at least three (3) regional or local health care organizations that come together to develop strategies for improving health services in a community.This program uses the concept of developing networks as a strategy toward linking rural health care partners together to address local challenges, and help rural partners achieve greater collective capacity to overcome challenges related to limited economies of scale for individual hospitals, clinics or other key rural health care stakeholders.The intent of the Network Planning Grant Program is to allow applicants the flexibility to determine their unique community needs based on historical health care context, community input, and relevant data sources. The Network Planning Grant Program supports and encourages creative programs that aim to confront important public health issues and improve equity, by addressing the needs of target population groups who are historically underserved, including those who suffer from poorer health outcomes, health disparities and other inequalities.
Applicants must describe planning activities that support at least one (1) of the legislative aims below:
Aim #1: Achieve efficienciesAim #2: Expand access to, coordinate, and improve the quality of essential health care services and associated health outcomesAim #3: Strengthen the rural health care systemFor additional information, please see Appendix A on pages 35-36 of the NOFO in Attached Files below.

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