Community vitality and rural healthcare

Reposted from the Rural Assistance Center

“In rural communities, the linkage between healthcare and the vitality of the community is strong.

A robust community helps to support and sustain quality health services for its residents by attracting quality healthcare professionals. Communities with more economic resources may also be more likely to financially support their healthcare system through having higher rates of health insurance coverage, through philanthropic giving, and by investing in infrastructure which the healthcare system can leverage.

In return, a high quality healthcare system can support economic and community development initiatives. This topic guide focuses on how community and economic development can complement health services in rural areas and how collaboration between the sectors can address issues such as population health.”

Frequently Asked Questions

Read more for contacts, tools, training, and technical assistance to measure the economic impact of the healthcare system

About the Rural Assistance Center

A product of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Rural Initiative, the Rural Assistance Center (RAC) was established in December 2002 as a rural health and human services “information portal.” RAC helps rural communities and other rural stakeholders access the full range of available programs, funding, and research that can enable them to provide quality health and human services to rural residents.

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