The purpose of Rural Healthy People 2020 (RHP 2020) is to advance the promotion of the health of Americans living in rural communities by identifying rural health priorities, supporting rural health leaders and researchers, and promoting effective rural health programs.

Through the coordinated RHP2020 initiative, rural communities will benefit by increased ability to identify and implement right-sized, effective health programs for rural residents.

Like Rural Healthy People 2010 a decade ago, RHP2020 will provide policymakers, rural providers, and rural communities with an invaluable resource for documenting successes as well as challenges and for planning, thereby contributing to the rural health infrastructure for improving the health of rural populations.

Specifically, RHP2020 will identify and promote rural-specific health priority areas, document what is known about health in rural areas, identify rural evidence-based best practice programs, community practices and interventions, and promote rural healthy communities.

Scope of Work

The RHP2020 project was designed to be a multi-component process to engage rural health experts from across the country in developing rural health priorities, evidencebased, best practice community models, and rural health program support tools that can be shared with rural communities.

Unfortunately, due to budget cuts at CDC and HRSA/ORHP our anticipated funding was “cut” from the list of discretionary funding at both agencies. Both agencies have, however, left open the possibility of discretionary funding during the 2012-2013 budget cycle.

As a result, for the 2011- 2012 budget year, we have limited our selves to a single goal of achieving certain aims and objectives through internal funding from our respective academic institutions, Texas A&M Health Science Center and Florida State University College of Medicine.

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