The Foundation's Southern Rural Access Program was designed to increase access to health care services in eight rural underserved states.Alabama's Rural Access Program will be led through a collaborative partnership between the West Alabama Health Services and the Alabama Family Practice Rural Health Board. Alabama will continue to develop a primary care "pipeline" continuum. One major activity will examine how to modify Alabama's existing Rural Medical Scholars Program and the Rural Alabama Health Professional Training Consortium Program to include a concentrated effort to increase minority participation. Alabama's recruitment and retention efforts will focus on a plan for developing a centralized system of health professional recruitment and retention. A rural health network plan will be designed that will facilitate network delivery of a full range of comprehensive primary care services. For the revolving loan component, Alabama will determine the scope of need and put together strategies for a revolving loan fund that will provide working capital, renovations, and other funding for rural health primary care providers in Alabama. Finally, the state will explore utilizing a community development approach for mobilizing the community and its resources for improvements that impact on health.
Amount Awarded $689,749.00
Awarded on: 7/31/2000
Time frame: 8/1/2000 - 1/31/2002
Grant Number: 39517