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Rural Health Funding Opportunity

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is soliciting applications from networks of three or separately owned health care providers that come together to develop strategies for improving health services delivery systems in a community.

From the funding announcement:

“The purpose of the Network Planning Program is to promote the development of integrated healthcare networks in order to: (i) achieve efficiencies; (ii) expand access to, coordinate, and improve the quality of essential health care services; and (iii) strengthen the rural health care system as a whole.  This program brings together key parts of a rural health care delivery system, particularly those entities that may not have collaborated in the past, to work together to establish or improve local capacity and coordination of care.  The grant program supports one year of planning to develop and assist health care networks in becoming operational.  These networks can include a wide range of community partners including social service agencies, faith-based organizations, mental health agencies, charitable organizations, educational institutions, employers, local government agencies or other entities with an interest in a community’s health care system.”

Applications are due October 15, 2012.

For more information: http://1.usa.gov/TUjimp

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