NC Rural Health Leadership Alliance

The NC Rural Health Leadership Alliance supports partnerships and strategies that improve health outcomes in rural North Carolina.

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Rural communities are unique. And the failure to address the particular strengths and challenges they face can result in poor health outcomes for the people living there. Because of these distinctions, it is important to consider and prioritize the rural perspective when addressing health disparities.

The NC Rural Health Leadership Alliance is a coordinated network of administrative leaders and experienced practitioners representing rural health organizations and individuals. NCRHLA strives to improve the health of rural North Carolinians through education and strategic partnerships.

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In the 1990s, leaders of several North Carolina rural health organizations began meeting to discuss and address rural health issues in order to improve health in North Carolina’s rural communities. For more than 20 years, the group of leaders continued to meet and pool their organizational knowledge and resources to represent the rural perspective in our state.

In 2014, the group formalized itself as the NC Rural Health Leadership Alliance within the Foundation for Health Leadership & Innovation through funding from  the National Rural Health Association (NRHA) and the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust. NCRHLA is currently recognized by the NRHA as North Carolina’s state rural health association.

NCRHLA aims to increase awareness about rural health issues by hosting workshops, providing education regarding rural issues, and maintaining a library of rural health resources. NCRHLA promotes collaboration among health agencies, health practitioners, and rural residents by connecting and convening health interests, and coordinating forums and work groups to discuss and foster implementation of rural health solutions.

The current work groups of the NCRHLA have formed around the priority areas detailed in the Rural Health Action Plan developed by the North Carolina Institute of Medicine’s Rural Health Task Force in 2014, and other pertinent rural health issues. The core source of membership to the NCRHLA comes from nonprofit and government organizations involved in addressing rural health issues in the state of North Carolina.