Rural Policy Analysis Program

This funding opportunity announcement solicits applications for the Rural Policy Analysis Program.  The purpose of this program is to support research and analysis of key policy issues affecting rural communities that informs policy makers.  The program is national in scope and looks at cross-cutting


rural health and human services issues in order to identify trends and challenges.

Funded projects should focus on the changing rural environment and products should achieve the following:
facilitate public dialogue on key rural policy issues by tracking emerging rural health and human services policy issues and quickly synthesizing them in a manner that provides for easy consumption by rural community leaders, with particular emphasis on rural health care providers and systems; identify opportunities for integrating health and human services in rural policy, program, and evaluation in a local community context; identify opportunities to demonstrate broad community impact of policies and programs in rural health and human services, consistent with policy goals related to rural revitalization and sustainability of rural regions; and provide timely analysis of policies and regulations that helps optimize positive impacts on rural health systems and communities in the form of policy briefs, reports, and oral presentations.

These activities should educate and inform rural decision makers and policy leaders, including the National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services (NACRHHS) and organizations focused on improving health and human services in rural communities, such as State Offices of Rural Health, State Rural Health Associations.
Related Programs

Rural Health Research Centers

Department of Health and Human Services

Who's Eligible

Obtain Full Opportunity Text:
Not Available

Additional Information of Eligibility:
Eligible applicants include domestic public or private, non-profit or for-profit organizations.

Eligible organizations may include State, local, and Indian tribal governments; institutions of higher education; other non-profit organizations (including faith-based, community-based, and tribal organizations); and hospitals.

Eligible applicants must be national in scope and have well- established relationships with each of the following constituencies: rural clinical service networks; frontier residents; rural hospitals and community health systems; rural medical and health care provider educators; rural health clinics; State Rural Health Associations (SRHA) and State Offices of Rural Health (SORHs).

You must have experience identifying emerging rural health care policy issues and promptly providing feedback to office inquiries regarding those issues.  Eligible applicants must demonstrate experience conducting policy research in the areas of access to health care services, Medicare and Medicaid policies, and development of rural delivery systems and public health.

You should also have the capacity to quickly synthesize and disseminate policy analysis that informs policy makers of the needs of rural health care delivery systems in the design and implementation of health care policy.  Finally, you must demonstrate past experience in, and the ability to communicate results and implications of national health policy analyses for rural health services and delivery to a variety of audiences in a number of settings, including meeting presentations and panel discussions.  Applications that fail to show such experience will not be considered.

Full Opportunity Web Address:

Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services

Agency Email Description:
Contact Amy Chanlongbutra at (301)443-5843 or email

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