Rural communities and Native nations are unique and complex places filled with ingenuity, innovation, racial and ethnic diversity, and resourcefulness and are integral to our nation’s economy, culture and future. Our current and future sources of water, energy, and food are inherently rural, and people raised in rural communities provide essential leadership and workforce for both rural and urban America. A healthy and balanced respect and interplay between rural, urban, and suburban communities benefits everyone.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is supporting organizations that are working towards a future where communities across the rural United States are places where each and every person belongs, lives with dignity, and thrives. Our multi-faceted vision is for forward-looking coordination among national policymakers and local changemakers, strong connections among leaders across sectors and geographies, better data and evidence on rural people and places, action to address inequitable gaps, and more accurate stories and narratives.
This collection shares key resources, research, and emerging insights into the many factors that shape rural opportunity, health, and equity in America.