Sustaining and Increasing Access to Care in Rural Communities
Learning Collaborative

February to April 2021ย ย  ย  ย 

NACHC is closely monitoring the widespread and unprecedented effects of the COVID-19 crisis on health center operations.
We remain committed to serving health centers and are working to tailor our educational programs to meet these and other ongoing challenges.

Sustaining and Increasing Access to Care in Rural Communities Learning Collaborative

This collaborative, offered by NACHC and Capital Link, ย has launched a new Learning Collaborative for health centers serving rural communities to explore community needs, growth planning, and financing options. Through a series of four 60-minute interactive webinars from February-April 2021, this Learning Collaborative will address challenges and opportunities FQHCs face in communities experiencing hospital distress and closure; examine the impact of telehealth on care delivery; and address financial capacity, sustainability, facility planning, and financing options for FQHCs seeking to expand their impact in rural America.

Webinar Schedule

Session 1 (Feb. 17, 2021): Lay of the Land: Health Center Challenges and Opportunities in Rural America
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Session 2 (March 10, 2021): FQHC Roles and Opportunities in Connection with Rural Hospital Closure

Session 3 | April 7, 2021: Enhancing Access through Telehealth

This session will review existing challenges and opportunities related to telehealth in rural areas. It will offer updates on broadband access, CMS and State reimbursement and flexibilities, as well as innovative approaches to virtual patient care and patient engagement by health centers. This session will highlight health centers that have taken the telehealth approach to a new level to ensure special populations and school based programs are supported.

Session 4 | April 21, 2021: Needs Assessment, Growth Planning & Capital Resources for Health Centers Serving Rural Communities

This session will pull together the โ€œstrandsโ€ of the Learning Collaborative to provide perspectives on planning and financing health center growth in rural communities. It will cover needs assessment, taking into account telehealth opportunities; planning flexible spaces, including facility design implications related to telehealth and potential hospital collaborations; and major capital funding information, including USDA Community Facilities Program, NMTC (focus on non-Metro), and HRSA Loan Guarantee Programโ€”highlighting examples of health centers that have obtained these types of capital funding.

Access the recording and slides from our recent webinar:

  • Rural America: The Current State of Health Care Access – Dec. 9, 2020

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Increase your understanding of the current reality of health care in rural America and consider provocative and innovative ideas on how health centers are an invaluable solution. The one-hour webinar will highlight challenges, successful partnership approaches and an operational impact analysis. Health centers serve as critical components to the healthcare delivery and economic infrastructure of rural America.

Please direct any questions about this learning collaborative to Tony Skapinsky, Project Consultant, atย

For more information, contact Brandon L. Jones at

This webinar is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $7,287,500. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government. For more information, please visitย