The Health Resources and Services Administration’s Federal Office of Rural Health Policy has a new program, the Vulnerable Rural Hospitals Assistance Program. This initiative will fund one entity up to $800,000 to provide targeted in-depth assistance to vulnerable rural hospitals struggling to maintain health care services with the goal for residents in those rural communities to continue to have access to essential health services. The awardee will work with individual hospitals and their communities on ways to understand community health needs and resources and find ways to ensure communities can keep needed care locally.
Eligible applicants include domestic public or private, non-profit entities. Domestic faith-based and community-based organizations, tribes, and tribal organizations are also eligible to apply. This eligible applicant (VRHAP recipient) will provide targeted technical assistance to selected rural hospitals in need. Rural hospitals are eligible to receive targeted assistance from the VRHAP recipient. For this cooperative agreement, “rural hospitals” are defined as short-term, non-federal general facilities located outside Metropolitan Core-Based Statistical Areas (CBSAs), or located within Metropolitan areas in locations with Rural-Urban Commuting Area (RUCA) codes of four (4) or greater, or facilities in any location participating in Medicare as Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs). Hospitals operated by tribes and tribal organizations under the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act (Public Law 93-638, as amended) are also eligible.
Applications are due July 16. If you have any questions about this program, please contact Suzanne Stack: firstname.lastname@example.org.