Implementing a New USDA Rural Development Program Targeting Small Rural Hospitals and Their Communities

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Cutler Institute, Population Health and Health Policy, USM Aging Initiative, Policy


The RUPRI Health Panel was asked to offer recommendations for implementing a new USDA Rural Development program, included in the Senate Farm Bill proposal, should it be enacted into law. The goal of this program is to strengthen rural health care delivery systems, to provide necessary health care services to rural residents in a cost-effective manner. We believe this goal is best accomplished through a comprehensive, coordinated approach that fosters community-based efforts to promote health and wellness, in addition to innovative programming designed to improve quality of services. These recommendations can also be used to inform other programs already managed by the USDA, such as the Community Facilities Program.

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This report was funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Cooperative Agreement # RD-07-67.