Supporting Rural Communities in Louisiana

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. 15.7% of Louisiana residents live in rural communities.¹ 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.



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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Citations

¹USDA ERA https://data.ers.usda.gov/reports.aspx?StateFIPS=22&StateName=Louisiana&ID=17854