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Resources and Publications

Federal Office of Rural Health Policy
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) offers this office to coordinate activities related to rural health care. They analyze the possible effects of policy on the 61 million residents of rural communities and provide grant funding to increase access to high quality health careSearch for funding opportunities.

Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) offers this program to help moms, kids, and babies thrive by improving nutrition security and advancing equity for underserved groups, including rural communities. Learn more about how WIC builds healthy foundations and how FNS is modernizing WIC at the FNS website. FNS works to end hunger and improve food security through a suite of assistance programs.

Summer Electronic Benefit Transfer Program for Children (Summer EBT)
USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) offers this program, in collaboration with other USDA's summer nutrition programs, providing grocery benefits to low-income families with school-aged children when schools are closed for the summer. States, Tribes, and Territories that opt in by January 1, 2024, can provide families with $120 during the summer for each eligible child through this new nationwide program to buy groceries. States also now have the option to provide summer meals to children through “grab and go” or home delivered meals in eligible rural areas, in addition to summer meals at group sites.

Nurses station signA Guide to Working with Rural Philanthropy
The Rural Health Information Hub updated this guide with background information on rural-focused philanthropies, identifying actions and characteristics that may make a program successful.

CMS Tribal Technical Advisory Group
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Service (CMS) provide advice and input on CMS policy and program issues impacting American Indians and Alaska Natives. 

National Indian Health Board Vaccination Event Funding
This national nonprofit offers funding for tribal health organizations to host COVID-19 vaccination events. Events may be vaccination clinics, vaccine drives, and back-to-school events, among others. Requests will be accepted on a rolling basis in the order received for as long as funding is available.

Local and Regional Food Systems Resilience Playbook
Through a cooperative agreement with Colorado State University, the University of Kentucky, and many community partners, the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service co-developed this tool as a primer for Food System Leaders on local and regional food systems strengths and vulnerabilities in times of disruption.



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