State Offices of Rural Health were represented at the White House Rural Council Rural Health Philanthropy Partnership meeting last month by Gloria Vermie (IA) and Teryl Eisinger, NOSORH Executive Director. The meeting, organized by the FORHP, the National Rural Health Association and Grantmakers in Health, brought together rural stakeholders and private foundation leaders to share information on funding rural innovation. “I was impressed by the level of commitment from the foundations and their interest in rural health. We hope to build on this effort and raise awareness among grantmakers of the roles of SORH to convene and leverage funds,” said Eisinger.
HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius addressed the meeting and said rural communities continue to face unique health challenges even thought significant gains have been made in modernizing care facilities, increasing access to health insurance and expanding broadband access to remote providers. Sebelius went on to say that the HHS mission to improve access to health care services is made easier thanks to partners like those who attended the meeting.“That’s the main take-away,” said Tom Morris FORHP Associate Administrator. “The Council has encouraged us to be creative and focus on public-private partnerships and we now have an innovative collaboration with people who are really committed to making a difference in rural America.” Congratulations to FORHP and NRHA on a great meeting.
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