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Rural Health Connect

Improving the health of rural communities

In this issue: January 3, 2024

Statewide updates and news


  • 2024 Utah Primary Care Grant Program application cycle to open February 1, 2024
  • 3RNet January employer website training
  • Center for Rural Health updates communication toolkit
  • Call for speaker proposals: 2024 State Offices of Rural Health regional partnership meetings

Statewide updates and news

Cecelia "Cece" Willoughby, an employee at Delta Community Hospital, honored with Impact Award

The Office of Primary Care and Rural Health (PCRH) recognized Cecelia “Cece” Willoughby with an Impact Award, which thanks employees from rural healthcare facilities who embody the “power of rural.”

More about Cece

Rural providers may recommend for

medical cannabis program

With Utah’s medical cannabis program growing steadily, medical providers in rural parts of the state can help improve patient access with options to recommend medical cannabis to patients.

More on medical cannabis

CDC Office of Rural Health information sheet

This information sheet describes the role of rural public health, rural health disparities, and strategies the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Office of Rural Health is developing to address inequities in rural health.

Sponsoring organization: CDC Office of Rural Health

Read more

Pathways to equity rural health roadmap

This document outlines a roadmap for rural health organizations to improve health equity in their communities. The roadmap includes guidance to build trust, form a health equity team, assess health risks, develop strategies and collaborations, and take action.

Sponsoring organization: Pathways to Public Health Equity

Roadmap details


2024 Utah Primary Care Grant Program

application cycle to open February 1, 2024


The Utah Primary Care Grant Program (UPCGP) application cycle will open February 1, 2024. Private nonprofit and for-profit entities that provide primary healthcare to underserved and underinsured individuals in urban and rural Utah are eligible to apply. 

Learn more about UPCGP and other services

3RNet January employer website training

Tuesday, January 9, noon Mountain time

Powered by the National Rural Recruitment and Retention Network for both professionals and employers, 3RNet is a resource for health professionals seeking careers in rural and underserved communities.

For employers, applying to post jobs is free and easy and gives mission-minded health professionals a resource to look for jobs in target areas.

Register below to join the webinar on January 9 and get any 3RNet questions answered.

Register now

Center for Rural Health updates communication toolkit

The Center for Rural Health (CRH), housed within the University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences, recently updated its communication toolkit. The toolkit is designed to help Critical Access Hospitals, rural health clinics, public health departments, and other healthcare organizations navigate the realm of communications.

View toolkit

Call for speaker proposals: 2024 State Offices of Rural Health regional partnership meetings

Are you passionate about driving positive change in rural health? Here's your chance to share your experiences and insights with State Offices of Rural Health (SORH)!  

The National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health is thrilled to invite you to participate in the 2024 SORH regional partnership meetings in collaboration with the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP). Your unique insights and expertise can play a pivotal role in shaping the future of rural health. 

Proposals are due by end of business on January 19, 2024.

Selected speakers should anticipate hearing from NOSORH by March 2024. Don't miss this opportunity to contribute to an impactful event that addresses rural health needs!

For questions, please contact Caroline Wroczynski at or 785-256-9562.

For technical support, please contact Trevor Brown at or 248-357-2343.

Topic list and submission guidelines
Submit your proposal

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PCRH provides support to all its stakeholders in the form of hands-on assistance, economic impact analysis, research, community health needs assessments, and healthcare workforce needs assessment. PCRH also provides technical assistance and pertinent information on student loan repayment programs and grant opportunities.

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