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Improving Population Health: A Guide for Critical Access Hospitals

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Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is the lead Federal agency charged with improving the quality, safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of health care for all Americans.

Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) 
APIC’s is a member organization whose mission is to improve health and patient safety by reducing risks of infection and other adverse outcomes.  APIC advances its mission through education, research, consultation, collaboration, public policy, practice guidance and credentialing.  Visit this site to locate MT’s APIC Chapter.

Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI)
The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) is an independent not-for-profit organization helping to lead the improvement of health care throughout the world.

Institute for Safe Medication (ISMP)
The Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) is a nonprofit organization devoted entirely to medication error prevention and safe medication use.

Montana AHEC
The mission of the Montana AHEC is to enhance access to quality healthcare, particularly primary and preventive care, by improving the supply and distribution of healthcare professionals through community/academic educational partnerships.

Montana Center to Advance Health Through Nursing (MT CAHN)
MT CAHN is the official state action coalition of the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action.   They are leading nursing education and practice through collaboration to advance the health of Montanans

Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services/Quality Assurance Division (DPHHS-QAD)
The role of the Quality Assurance Division (QAD) of the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services is to protect the safety and well-being of Montanans by monitoring and ensuring the integrity and cost-effectiveness of programs administered by the department.

Montana Office of Rural Health (MORH)
The Montana Office of Rural Health supports a variety of programs such as: Community Health Services Development (CHSD), Montana Rural Health Association (MRHA), Small Rural Hospital Improvement (SHIP) Grant, and the Lean Healthcare Project.

National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health
NOSORH enhances the capacity of State ORHs by supporting the development of state and community rural health leaders; creating and facilitating state, regional and national partnerships that foster information sharing and spur rural health-related programs/activities; and enhancing access to quality healthcare services in rural communities.

National Rural Health Association
The National Rural Health Association (NRHA) is a national nonprofit membership organization with more than 20,000 members. The association’s mission is to provide leadership on rural health issues. NRHA membership consists of a diverse collection of individuals and organizations, all of whom share the common bond of an interest in rural health.

Office of Rural Health Policy
The Office of Rural Health Policy (ORHP) coordinates activities related to rural health care within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Part of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), ORHP has department-wide responsibility for analyzing the possible effects of policy on 62 million residents of rural communities.

Rural Health Information Hub (RHIhub)

The Rural Health Information Hub, formerly the Rural Assistance Center, is funded by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy to be a national clearinghouse on rural health issues. We are committed to supporting healthcare and population health in rural communities.The RHIhub is your guide to improving health for rural residents—we provide access to current and reliable resources and tools to help you learn about rural health needs and work to address them.

National Rural Health Resource Center
The National Rural Health Resource Center provides technical assistance to Rural Hospital Flexibility grantees, information, tools and resources for the improvement of rural health care. It serves as a national rural health knowledge center and strives to build state and local capacity.