Understanding and Facilitating Rural Health Transformation

Additional Health Care Innovation

AHRQ Innovations Exchange
Provides health professionals and researchers with evidence-based innovations. These innovations can be utilized in a variety of health care settings and populations and are intended to be high quality, equitable, and affordable options for implementing better health care practices. Site also has a variety of tools and resources to aid healthcare leaders in improving delivery and accessing other professional advice.

Rural Health Information Hub - formerly the Rural Assistance Center (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.

National Rural Health Resource Center
Focuses on providing technical assistance and knowledge resources to improve rural health including a focus on Performance Improvement, Health Information Technology, Recruitment & Retention, Community Health Assessments, and Networking.

Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI)
Supports the development and testing of innovative health care payment and service delivery models.

Office of Rural Health Policy (ORHP)
Coordinates activities related to rural health care within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Part of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Focuses on matters affecting rural hospitals and health care, coordinating activities within the department that relate to rural health care, and maintaining a national information clearinghouse.

Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF)
Provides in-depth information on key health policy issues including health reform, insurance coverage, Medicaid, Medicare, health costs, disparity policy, global health, and HIV/AIDS.

National Rural Health Association (NRHA)
Promotes leadership, ideas, information, communication, education, research, advocacy, and methods to improve rural health. Composed of individual and organizational members who share a common interest in rural health.

National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH)
Works to foster and promote legislation, information exchange, education, and liaison activities with all State Offices of Rural Health, the federal Office of Rural Health Policy, the National Rural Health Association, and other organizations.

Community Commons
Provides interactive mapping, networking, and learning utility to support planning and implementation of strategies to develop healthy, sustainable, and livable communities.

Institute for Healthcare Improvement
Provides resources, tools, and collaborative educational opportunities focused in five key areas: Improvement Capability; Person- and Family-Centered Care; Patient Safety; Quality, Cost, and Value; and Triple Aim for Populations.

Commonwealth Fund
Aims to promote a high performing health care system that achieves better access, improved quality, and greater efficiency, particularly for society's most vulnerable, including low-income people, the uninsured, minority Americans, young children, and elderly adults. Supports independent research on health care issues and offers grants to improve health care practice and policy.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Efforts focus on improving both the health of everyone in America and their health care - how it's delivered, how it's paid for, and how well it does for patients and their families. Invests in improving systems through which people receive care and in fostering environments that promote health and prevent disease and injury.

County Health Rankings and Roadmaps
Ranking the health of nearly every county in the nation, County Health Rankings illustrate what is known when it comes to what's making people sick or healthy. County Health Roadmaps show what can be done to create healthier places to live, learn, work and play.

Why Not The Best
Free resource for health care professionals interested in tracking performance on various measures of health care quality. Enables organizations to compare performance against that of peer organizations, against a range of benchmarks, and over time. Case studies and improvement tools spotlight successful improvement strategies of the nation's top performers. Regional maps shows performance at the county, hospital referral region, state, and national levels.

Measure of America
Provides easy-to-use yet methodologically sound interactive maps and tools for understanding the distribution of well-being and opportunity in America and stimulating fact-based dialogue about issues we all care about: health, education, and living standards.