RAC receives $10.5 million to provide resources for rural health improvement

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School of Medicine & Health Sciences


Grand Forks, N.D. — The Rural Assistance Center (RAC), a national rural health information center located at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences, has received federal funding in the amount of $10.5 million over five years to continue its work. RAC provides resources and strategies to improve health and healthcare in rural communities across the United States through customized searches and a website that offers an online library, topic guides, toolkits, and examples of successful rural health programs.

“RAC has been providing resources to inform decision-making in the field of rural health for over 13 years,” said Program Director Kristine Sande. “It is a privilege to help rural communities find information and opportunities that can help them provide healthcare services and improve the health of their residents.”

Funding for RAC comes from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, part of the Health Resources Services Administration. The Rural Assistance Center is located within the Center for Rural Health at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Other collaborators on the RAC initiative include the Rural Policy Research Institute and the NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis.