Tools & Templates

The National Center for Rural Health Works (NCRHW) provides tools and templates in three areas:

Each year, the NCRHW develops new applications of the economic impact model to policy relevant issues, provides current information on community health needs assessment requirements and tool-kits, develops rural health needs assessment tools and templates, and develops new applications of rural health service profitability templates. These applications can be modified to states and communities 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 the NCRHW 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 NCRHW 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 organization to do the survey or the survey analysis.

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

Healthcare Workforce Needs Analysis

To review the community healthcare workforce needs assessment tools and templates, click here: Healthcare Workforce Needs Analysis.

To request additional information or materials, contact the staff.

Basic economic impact methodology could be applied to many areas

We originally partnered with the NCRHW to conduct economic impact of our new school, but soon realized that the basic economic impact methodology could be applied to many areas. We partnered with both the NCAHD and the NCRHW in our efforts to support our OneHealth initiatives by measuring the economic impact of both veterinarians and primary care physicians throughout our Appalachian region, which was a keystone tool/products that launched many of our other activities.

Jason Johnson,DVM, MS, DACT, Vice President and Dean
Lincoln Memorial University, College of Veterinary Medicine

NCRHW now a partner of VCOM

With nearly 60% of our graduates becoming primary care physicians and over 50% practicing in a rural or under-served setting, our school fully appreciates the economic and employment impact our students and schools have upon the nation. With NCRHW now a partner of Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine, we’ll share with faculty, students and stakeholders NCRHW’s vast resources through our vast education network.

Dixie Tooke-Rawlins, DO , Provost and President
Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine

NCRHW now a partner of VCOM

With nearly 60% of our graduates becoming primary care physicians and over 50% practicing in a rural or under-served setting, our school fully appreciates the economic and employment impact our students and schools have upon the nation. With NCRHW now a partner of Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine, we’ll share with faculty, students and stakeholders NCRHW’s vast resources through our vast education network.

Dixie Tooke-Rawlins, DO , Provost and President
Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine