Rural Health Capital Resources Master Class

The NOSORH Rural Health Capital Resources Initiative presents a Master Class designed for busy professionals who want to learn more about accessing and utilizing capital from federal, state, and private sources for rural health development projects. Participants will gain key insights on how to apply successful funding and partnership strategies to their own work. This four-course series will include instruction from national experts in community development finance, federal program funding, healthcare partnerships, and rural philanthropy. Sessions will also provide structured opportunities for peer learning and networking.

Who Should Attend?

Health and community development professionals who serve rural communities, including:

  • State Office of Rural Health, Primary Care Office, and non-profit organization staff interested in developing partnerships with capital resource and community development organizations. 
  • Community development organization staff interested in financing rural health development projects. 
  • Clinic or hospital staff interested in multi-industry collaboration to access, navigate and leverage funds for expansion or rehab.   
  • Organizations that have identified a community need and want guidance on how to attract capital resources and new partners to their project.

Course Structure 

The live, four-course Master Class will run from April 26 thru June 14, 2023. Recordings of all live sessions will be posted online for later viewing. Each session will include a short survey to capture live or recorded participation and offer supplemental reading and resources. No “homework” is required.  

Course Objectives  

  • Understand the collection of capital resources available to support rural health needs for infrastructure and social determinants of health.
  • Think critically about the use of partnerships and collaboration to develop fundable projects, stack capital, and achieve successful project outcomes.
  • Apply key learnings from this training to further individual project work and organizational objectives.

Session Dates

Wednesday, April 26, 2023, 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM ET (recording now available)
Wednesday, May 3, 2023, 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM ET
Wednesday, May 24, 2023, 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM ET
Wednesday, June 14, 2023, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM ET

About the Sessions

Select from the options below to learn more:

+ Rural Health Capital Resources 101 (recording now available)

Wednesday, April 26, 2023

2:30 to 4:00 pm ET  

About the session:
In this introductory session, participants will unwrap the basics of federal, state, and private sources of capital for rural health and prosperity and learn how capital resources are used in rural settings to achieve community health improvement goals. This webinar is open to all interested rural health stakeholders.

This session’s recording is now available!


Brian Haapala
Stroudwater GCL

Terri Billups
Acting Director Rural Affairs, U.S. Small Business Administration

Christy Davis
Kansas State Director,
Rural Development, USDA


+ Building Partnerships and Cross-Sector Approaches to Advance Rural Health

Wednesday, May 3, 2023

2:30 to 4:30 pm ET  

About the session:
Participants will learn how to develop effective partnerships with guidance from Building Healthy Places Network’s A Playbook for New Rural Healthcare Partnership Models of Investment. Participants will also explore how West Virginia is successfully linking Community Development Finance Institution (CDFI) capital to rural health. Working together, presenters will show how innovative partnerships can impact rural health financing needs and development project goals 


Colleen Flynn
Co-Executive Director, Building Healthy Places Network

Ashley Hernandez
Research and Product Manager, Building Healthy Places Network

Sharon Lansdale
President and CEO, Center for Rural Health Development

Robert Dearing
CFO/Loan Fund Manager, Center for Rural Health Development

+ Working with CDFIs to Meet Rural Health Infrastructure Needs

Wednesday, May 24, 2023

2:30 to 4:00 pm ET  

About the session:
Community Development Finance Institutions (CDFIs) play an important role in filling the capital stack and providing the technical assistance needed to develop housing, healthy food retail, clinical care, and broadband in rural communities. Participants will learn about the capital resources that CDFIs offer, and how they can work in partnership with CDFIs to achieve local development project goals. 


Robin Davey Wolff
Rural Housing, Mountain, Tribal Nations and Rural Communities, Enterprise

Caitlin Cain
Vice President, LISC
Director, Rural LISC

+ Philanthropy, Rural Prosperity, and Population Health - Connecting Community Needs to Capital Resources (earlier class time)

Wednesday, June 14, 2023

1:00 to 2:30 pm ET

About the session:
Participants will learn about the role health systems play as anchor institutions and how they can apply financial resources, in partnership with other organizations, to address long-term community health needs. Participants will also explore the role of philanthropy to meet rural health capital resource needs. In closing, we will revisit the core principles of partnership building and braid together our knowledge about capital resources and rural health.  


David Zuckerman
President and Founder, Healthcare Anchor Network

Allen Smart
National Advisor, 

Colleen Flynn
Co-Executive Director, Building Healthy Places Network

Technology and System Requirements 

Participants will use iSpring, an online Learning Management System (LMS), to access handouts, presentation materials, recorded sessions, and communicate with the course instructor. Live sessions will be conducted through Zoom. Recordings of the presentations will be available for playback within 24 hours of the event.  

Participants will receive an email invitation and instructions to access iSpring by April 26, 2023. Late registrants will receive access by the end of the day on May 2, 2023. 

Only those registered for the Rural Health Capital Resources Master Class will be provided a personal iSpring login and are permitted to join the webinars and view class materials. Failure to comply may result in access restriction. 


For payment questions, contact Kayren Cross at or (888) 391-7258 ext. 108.

Refund Policy

To be considered for a refund, requests must be submitted in writing to Kayren Cross. Refund requests must adhere to the following deadlines: 

  • May 2 — full refund 
  • May 23 — 50% refund  
  • May 24 and after — no refund