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Rural Health Workforce Development Program

Program Overview

The Rural Health Workforce Development Program is authorized under Section 330(f) of the Public Health Service Act, as amended (42 U.S.C. 254 (c)). The purpose of this program is to support the development of rural health networks that focus on activities relating to the recruitment and retention of primary and allied health care providers in rural communities. This program supports established and sustainable rural health networks in developing innovative, community-based educational and clinical health training programs to encourage the recruitment and retention of emerging health professionals (students and residents) in rural communities to train and eventually practice. 

This is a three-year pilot program with individual grant awards limited to a maximum of $200,000 per year. This grant will end in August 2013.


Lead applicants must be:

  • Located in a Rural County or Eligible Rural Census Tract within an urban county; and
  • Public and non-profit entities including faith-based and community organizations; and
  • In an explicit and/or legal network consortium with at least two additional organizations. Each member of the network must sign a Memorandum of Agreement or other formal collaborative agreement. These two other organizations can be rural, urban, non-profit or for-profit. The network should include three or more health care providers and at least one accredited health care workforce training.


Christina Villalobos at or 301-443-3590

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Rural Health Workforce Development grantees with active projects







ORHP Delta Workforce Grant Program G98