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The Rural Health Care Services Outreach Program is a community-based grant program aimed towards promoting rural health care services by enhancing health care delivery in rural communities. Outreach projects focus on the improvement of access to services, strategies for adapting to changes in the health care environment, and overall enrichment of the respective community’s health. Through a consortia of local health care and social service providers, rural communities can develop innovative approaches to challenges related to their specific health needs. Furthermore, the program creates an opportunity to address the key clinical priorities of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS): serious mental illness, substance abuse, and childhood obesity. 
 
Eligible organizations must be a rural nonprofit or rural public entity that represents a consortium of three or more health care providers. For the purposes of the Outreach Program, a consortium can also be a network.  The organization must be located in a non-metropolitan county or in a rural census tract of a metropolitan county. All services must be provided in a non-metropolitan county or rural census tract.  If the organization’s headquarters are located in a metropolitan county that serves non-metropolitan or metropolitan counties, the organization/agency is not eligible solely because of the areas served.  In addition, if the organization is located in a metropolitan county with branches in a non-metropolitan county, it is not eligible to apply if it is eligible only because of the areas or populations served.
 
A full description of the funding opportunity is available at https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=295218 Applications are due on December 6, 2017
 
Please contact the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health at 814-863-8214 for more information and to request a required letter of support for applications that will be submitted.