Rural Health Partnership (RHP), staffed and fiscally managed by WellFlorida Council, is a federally designated Rural Health Network established in the Florida Statutes to coordinate rural healthcare delivery systems. Incorporated in 1996, this quasi-governmental 501(c)(3) is overseen by Florida’s Department of Health Office of Rural Health. RHP members include safety net providers (e.g. federally qualified health centers, county health departments, rural health clinics), a Health Information Technology (HIT) management and security expert, our regional community mental health center, primary care practices, hospitals, the regional hospice and the regional Area Health Education Center (AHEC). RHP’s focus is HIT use, innovative rural healthcare models, patient safety and healthcare quality issues. RHP currently has a $900,000 federal grant to bring North Central Florida rural providers and hospitals to Stage 1 Meaningful Use of HIT and to help them participate in a regional health information exchange.
For more information about Rural Health Partnership contact:
Kendra I. Siler-Marsiglio, Ph.D.
Director, Rural Health Partnership
Co-Director, CommunityHealth IT