Opportunity available for hospitals through Vulnerable Rural Hospitals Assistance Program

The Federal Office of Rural Health Vulnerable Rural Hospitals Assistance Program was recently awarded to Texas A&M, which will create the Center for Optimizing Rural Health (CORH). As a new technical advisory center funded by the Health Resources & Services Administration, the CORH is excited to partner with communities and facilities to identify opportunities to improve health outcomes, reduce costs and increase access to care. The first step will be for hospitals to apply to be a part of the CORH’s outreach.

CORH will host a kick-off webinar providing an overview of the application for technical assistance for rural hospitals. The webinar is scheduled for Oct. 29 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. CDT and will be recorded for those unable to attend. Applications will be accepted Oct. 30 through Nov. 30. Within each application cycle, five hospitals will be selected for on-site technical assistance and 25 hospitals will be selected for remotely facilitated technical assistance. A new cohort of hospitals will be selected each year. Once the sites are selected, technical assistance is expected to begin Jan. 1, 2019.

To register for the webinar or to learn more about the program and obtain a link to the application, visit www.optimizingruralhealth.org.