The organizations listed on this page have a national interest in rural health and human services. To find organizations and agencies that focus on a specific topic, please consult the topic guide.
Directory of Rural Health Contacts: Federal Executive Offices and Commissions
Contact information for federal agencies, offices and commissions with an interest in rural health.
Directory of Rural Health Contacts: House Rural Health Care Coalition
Contact information for members of the U.S. House of Representatives' Rural Health Care Coalition.
Directory of Rural Health Contacts: Senate Rural Health Caucus
Contact information for U.S. Senators who are members of the Senate Rural Health Caucus.
Directory of State Primary Care Offices (PCOs)
Primary Care Offices (PCO) represent the needs of the underserved populations and the providers who serve them. These offices can provide designation application help and State shortage information as well as information on the Conrad 30 J-1 Visa Waiver program, loan repayment programs, and recruitment and retention.
Find Your Local National Safety Council Chapter
A directory of the National Safety Council's network of state chapters. These local offices conduct safety, health, and environmental efforts at the community level, providing training, conferences, workshops, consultation, newsletters, updates and safety support materials.
U.S. House of Representatives Directory
Contact information for Members of the U.S. House of Representatives. Search by state or last name.
U.S. Senate Directory
Contact information for United States Senators. Search by state or last name.
Administration for Children and Families (ACF)
Funds state, local, and tribal organizations to provide family assistance (welfare), child support, child care, Head Start, child welfare, and other programs relating to children and families. Operates the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program (TANF). It is part of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
Sponsors and conducts research that provides evidence-based information on health care outcomes, quality, cost, use, and access. The information helps health care decisionmakers - patients and clinicians, health system leaders, purchasers, and policymakers - make more informed decisions and improve the quality of health care services.
American College of Small or Rural Healthcare (ACSRH)
Part of the American Academy of Medical Administrators (AAMA). A shared interest group that focuses on the special needs and interests of small or rural healthcare organizations.
American Public Human Services Association (APHSA)
Works to educate members of Congress, the media, and the broader public on what is happening in the states regarding welfare, child welfare, health care reform, and other issues involving families and the elderly.
Bureau of Health Professions
Works to assure access to quality health care professionals in all geographic areas and to all segments of society. Part of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.
Bureau of Primary Health Care (BPHC)
Supports access to primary care services. Works to increase health centers in communities, and to provide access to high quality, family oriented, and comprehensive primary and preventive health care, regardless of patients' ability to pay. Part of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.
Center for Agricultural and Rural Development (CARD)
Conducts research on the impacts of policy alternatives for trade and agricultural policy, resource and environmental policy, food and nutrition policy, agricultural risk management policy, and science and technology policy.
Center for Rural Affairs (CRA)
Works to strengthen small businesses, family farms and ranches, and rural communities throughout the nation. Foundation is based in Nebraska.
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)
Operates the Medicare and Medicaid programs - two national health care programs that benefit millions of Americans. Part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Website includes access to research, statistics, and data related to their programs.
Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
Works to improve and expand access to quality health care for all. Part of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.
Indian Health Service (IHS)
Provides federal health services to American Indians and Alaska Natives. Works to raise the physical, mental, social, and spiritual health of American Indians and Alaska Natives to the highest level. Part of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.
Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma (IVAT)
Phone: 858.527.1860 ext. 4160
Serves as a resource, training and research center dealing with all aspects of violence, abuse and trauma.
National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services (NACRHHS)
21-member citizens' panel of nationally recognized rural health experts that provides recommendations on rural issues to the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services.
National Alliance for Hispanic Health
Mission is to improve the health and well being of Hispanics. The Alliance informs consumers, supports health and human service providers in the delivery of quality care, improves the science base for accurate decision making by promoting better and more inclusive research, promotes appropriate use of technology, insures accountability, advocates on behalf of Hispanics, and promotes philanthropy. Information in English and Spanish.
National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD)
Represents the nation's chief state health agency staff who have responsibility for administering AIDS health care, prevention, education, and supportive service programs funded by state and federal governments. State AIDS Directors in all 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the U.S. Pacific Islands are represented by NASTAD with an office in Washington, DC. Programs administered by NASTAD members serve every population affected by and infected with HIV. NASTAD has expertise in identifying community needs and responding to the challenges of the HIV epidemic nationwide.
National Association for Rural Mental Health (NARMH)
Works to develop and enhance rural mental health and substance abuse services, and to support mental health providers in rural areas.
National Association of State Offices of Minority Health (NASOMH)
Phone: (614) 466-4000
Works to improve the effectiveness of State minority health/health disparity programs. It is a National nonprofit organization that focuses on the development and transference of skill sets to increase awareness of health and service disparities, monitor the progress of State offices; and communicate, document, and champion best practices at the State level in eliminating health disparities.
National Association of Towns and Townships (NATaT)
Works to strengthen the effectiveness of town and township government by educating lawmakers and public policy officials about how small town governments operate and by advocating policies on their behalf in Washington, D.C.
National Center for Farmworker Health (NCFH)
Dedicated to improving the health status of farmworker families by providing information services and products to a network of more than 500 migrant health center service sites in the United States as well as other organizations and individuals serving the farmworker population.
National Center for Frontier Communities (NCFC)
The national organization dedicated to the issues and concerns of frontier communities. The Center serves as a national clearinghouse, conducts research, informs policy, and provides education on issues of importance to frontier communities.
National Center for Rural Early Childhood Learning Initiatives (NCRECLI)
Focuses on research on early childhood policy and practice in rural America.
National Cooperative of Health Networks Association (NCHN)
A national nonprofit organization of health networks, alliances, collaboratives, and consortium. Supports and strengthens these organizations through collaboration, networking, leadership development and education. NCHN's membership currently includes approximately 60 networks (mostly rural) representing over 600 hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, community-based health programs, and Health Information Technology (HIT) organizations.
National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM)
The mission of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) is to advance the progress of medicine and improve the public health.
National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH)
Works to foster and promote legislation, information exchange, education, and liaison activities with all State Offices of Rural Health, the federal Office of Rural Health Policy, the National Rural Health Association, and other organizations.
National Rural Health Association (NRHA)
Promotes leadership, ideas, information, communication, education, research, advocacy, and methods to improve rural health. Composed of individual and organizational members who share a common interest in rural health.
National Rural Network (NRN)
Works to create awareness and understanding of those public policies which enhance the viability of Rural America.
National Rural Recruitment & Retention Network (3RNet)
Works to help health care professionals, including dentists and dental hygienists, find practice opportunities in rural areas throughout the country. Includes state information and a list of state contacts.
Office of Rural Health Policy (ORHP)
Coordinates activities related to rural health care within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Part of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Focuses on matters affecting rural hospitals and health care, coordinating activities within the department that relate to rural health care, and maintaining a national information clearinghouse.
Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP)
Provides technical assistance services and training related to rural solid waste programs, housing, economic development, comprehensive community assessment and planning, and environmental regulations.
Rural Nurse Organization (RNO)
Supports the needs of rural nurses.
Rural Policy Research Institute (RUPRI)
Conducts policy-relevant research and facilitates public dialogue to assist policymakers in understanding the rural impacts of public policies and programs.
Small Business Administration (SBA)
Provides financial, technical and management assistance to help Americans start, run, and grow their businesses.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Works to improve the quality and availability of prevention, treatment, and rehabilitative services in order to reduce illness, death, disability, and cost to society resulting from substance abuse and mental illnesses. Part of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
Offers numerous funding opportunities such as Rural Economic Development Grants, Rural Business Opportunity Grants, Farm Labor Grants plus others.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
Acts as the United States government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women's Health (OWH)
Coordinates women's health efforts in the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services to eliminate disparities in health status. Supports educational programs that encourage women to take personal responsibility for their own health and wellness.
USDA Economic Research Service (USDA ERS)
Provides economic analyses to support a competitive agricultural system, safe food supply, a healthy, well-nourished population,
harmony between agriculture and the environment, and enhanced quality of life for rural Americans.