Overview of Tools & Templates

The National Center for Rural Health Works provides tools and templates in four areas:

Each year the National Center develops new applications of the impact model to policy relevant issues, provides current information on community health needs assessment requirements and toolkits, develops rural health needs assessment tools and templates, and develops new applications of rural health service profitability templates. These applications can be modified to fit other states regardless of geographic or demographic differences and serve as tools for community and state leaders facing rural health related challenges.

Economic Impact

The applications developed by RHW have been utilized to measure state and local economic impacts. The tools and templates are presented by type of economic impact study, by alphabet, by geography (location of study), and by date of publication. To review the tools and templates, click here: Economic Impact.

Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA)

The National Center for Rural Health Works has provided community health needs assessment for many years. The CHNA toolkit has streamlined products, three or more meetings, and community input from focus groups or surveys. The analysis of the community input method is typically performed locally to avoid the cost of employing an outside company to do the survey or the survey analysis.

To review the community health needs assessment tools and templates, click here: Community Health Needs Assessment.

Rural Health Needs Analysis

Tools to determine the need for rural health services have been developed by the National Center. The rural health service profitability tools and templates shown below also include rural health needs assessment, in addition to costs and revenues. To see the rural health needs analysis only, click here: Rural Health Needs Analysis.

Emergency Medical Services Systems Development

Tools and guidebooks have been developed to determine the profitability of a new or expanded emergency medical services. To view these tools, click here: Emergency Medical Services Systems Development.

To request additional information or materials, contact the staff.