National Rural Health Economic Analysis

Grants and Contracts Details


Project Objectives: 1) Identify and create tools that can be used by a diverse audience to help understand the role of healthcare in creating a strong rural economy. In the past, NRHW focused solely on economic impact multipliers and providing training on how communities can conduct their own analyses. Unfortunately, this was not ideal for 2 reasons. a) Data and software are quite expensive and many rural communities/health care entities could not afford to purchase the software. b) Those who are not adequately trained do not fully understand the data, analysis or interpretation and will often misuse and/or misrepresent the information. A one-day training is not sufficient. There are other models and tools that CEDIK and its partners have used that can better equip leaders to talk about the role of healthcare in the economy. These tools include surveys, analyzing secondary data in a more meaningful way, qualitative data collection and community engagement exercises. In addition, the role of including economic development professionals in the discussion and trainings is a missing component that we hope to include in our project. 2) We will offer training and technical expertise to public or private entities including state and local governments, hospitals, rural health clinics and other provider groups, and faith-based and community-based organizations in the use of tools. We will conduct both face-to-face trainings as well as regular webinars to maximize the dissemination of newly created research, tools, and other resources. 3) We will partner with the Regional Rural Development Centers to disseminate research findings and tools. The RRDCs are a tremendous resource because they are linked to all of the Land Grant Universities throughout the country. Cooperative Extension, at both the state and local county level, can play an important role in the training and delivery of resources. 4) This is a cooperative agreement with HRSA. We expect that there will be continuous communication and flow of ideas between HRSA and CEDIK. As a Co-PI on the existing Rural Health Research Center, we are aware that HRSA will largely dictate the types of resources they would like us to create. We feel confident that between CEDIK’s resources, our partners at Oklahoma State University and our relationship with State Offices of Rural Health across the country, we will be able to deliver.
Effective start/end date9/1/198/31/22


  • Health Resources and Services Administration: $296,515.00


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