The Kentucky Office of Rural Health, in collaboration with the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health, will host a rural health-focused grant- writing workshop March 14-15 at The Bruce Convention Center in Hopkinsville. The day-and-a-half long interactive Rural Health Grant Writing Workshop will explore how to identify funders and how to prepare a successful grant application. Topics to be covered include: grant planning, developing an effective needs statement, writing goals and objectives, preparing work plans, identifying key personnel and creating realistic budgets.

The workshop is tailored to organizations and individuals (rural health providers, clinics, hospitals, public health professionals and community coalition leaders) who want to address rural health issues in their community, as well as beginning grant writers who are seeking to understand how to research and draft winning grant proposals. The cost of the workshop is $55, which includes all workshop materials, as well as breakfast and lunch on March 14 and breakfast on March 15. Workshop registration is available online at Space is limited.

For more information or questions, contact Rural Project Manager Lisa Garza at or 606-439-3557 Extension 83490. The Kentucky Office of Rural Health (KORH), established in 1991, is a federal-state partnership authorized by federal legislation. The UK Center of Excellence in Rural Health (located in Hazard) serves as the federally-designated Kentucky Office of Rural Health. The mission of the KORH is to support the health and well-being of Kentuckians by promoting access to rural health services.

The program provides a framework for linking small rural communities with local, state and federal resources while working toward long-term solutions to rural health issues. The KORH assists clinicians, administrators and consumers in finding ways to improve communications, finances and access to quality healthcare while ensuring that funding agencies and policymakers are made aware of the needs of rural communities.

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