State Office of Rural Health
Addressing Healthcare Challenges in Rural Louisiana
The Well-Ahead Louisiana State Office of Rural Health (SORH) integrates population health strategies within rural communities, supports the development and sustainability of rural care facilities, and advances access to care through innovation. Almost half of Louisiana is rural, and at Well-Ahead, we provide support to address rural communities’ unique healthcare needs.
Rural communities are faced with accessibility challenges, a limited number of healthcare providers and health disparities. Well-Ahead acts as an anchor of information and support for rural health professionals, hospitals and clinics and coordinates communication, education, collaboration and innovation among these community leaders to improve the health of Louisiana’s rural residents.
In addition, our Provider Education Network connects rural providers to an ever-growing bank of tools, training and technical assistance needed to effectively serve Louisiana residents.
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Hospital Support Programs
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Technical Assistance and Funding Opportunities
Don’t miss out! Check back regularly for information on technical assistance and funding opportunities as they become available.
The Delta Region Community Health Systems Development Program
Technical Assistance - Deadline Ongoing
The DRCHSD assists leaders and providers in identifying and addressing health care needs while strengthening the local health care system. Selected health care organizations, and their communities receive technical assistance to make in-depth health system enhancements over multiple years. Eligible applicants include small rural hospitals (up to 100 beds), rural health clinics, and other healthcare organizations.
Rural Healthcare Provider Transition Project
Technical Assistance - Deadline September 10, 2021
The RHPTP helps strengthen the foundation in key elements of value-based care (VBC) including, but not limited to, efficiency, quality, patient experience, and safety of care. RHPTP’s goal is to guide small rural hospitals and certified rural health clinics not currently participating in VBC to prepare for and position their organizations to be effective participants in a health system focused on value. Small rural hospitals (SRH) and certified rural health clinics (RHC), are eligible to apply.
Vulnerable Rural Hospital Assistance Program
Technical Assistance - Deadline July 30, 2021
The Center for Optimizing Rural Health (CORH) works with up to 30 hospitals per year through the year-long Vulnerable Rural Hospital Assistance Program (VRHAP) program. Selected hospitals can receive free technical assistance, guidance, resources, recommendations from a team of rural hospital experts and more. Check out the recorded VRHAP presentation for assistance!
Rural Health Clinic COVID-19 Testing and Mitigation Program
Funding Distribution - Deadline Ongoing
Rural health clinics may use funds to maintain and increase COVID-19 testing efforts, expand access to testing in rural communities and expand the range of mitigation activities in local communities. Monthly reporting will be required through the RHC COVID-19 reporting portal.
COVID-19 Coverage Assistance Fund
Funding Opportunity - Deadline Ongoing
HRSA will provide claims reimbursement to eligible health care providers at the national Medicare rate for administering Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized COVID-19 vaccines under an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) or FDA-licensed COVID-19 vaccines underinsured individuals.
Rural Health Clinic COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Program (RHCVD)
Resource Distribution - Deadline Ongoing
The Rural Health Clinic Vaccine Distribution Program (RHCVD) will distribute COVID-19 vaccines directly to RHCs to increase the availability of COVID-19 vaccines in rural communities.