Nevada Rural Health Works Program (RHW)

Nevada State Office of Rural Health

Elko Hospital

Nevada Rural Health Works provides data and resources by which rural hospitals and community residents in Nevada can evaluate their health systems. This is a joint program between the Office of Statewide Initiatives at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine and the Center for Economic Development at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Nevada Rural Health Works training, tools, and templates:

  • Impact of hospitals and the health sector on local rural economies, including assessments of the direct and secondary employment, payroll, and tax-revenue impacts of hospitals and health care providers;
  • Community health needs assessments, including assistance with ACA-related requirements for rural hospitals that are 501 nonprofit corporations.
  • Financial feasibility assessments for rural hospitals and health care organizations exploring new service lines or changes to existing service lines.

Current and ongoing projects:

  • Annual publication and dissemination of the Economic Contribution of Hospitals and the Health Sector in Nevada report and of The Contribution of Hospitals and the Health Sector on the Local Economy reports for all seventeen counties in Nevada.
  • Annual publication of the Economic Contribution of the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine report.
  • Biennial publications and disseminations of Nevada Rural and Frontier Health Data Book and community health profiles for all seventeen Nevada counties utilizing data from the Nevada Rural and Frontier Health Data Book.
  • Rural hospital financial feasibility assessments for new or expanded service lines as requested; GIS mapping and related data analysis as requested.

The ultimate goal of the Nevada Rural Health Works program is to expand needed health care services, healthier populations and stronger local economies in rural and frontier Nevada as identified in the Nevada Rural Health Works program data.

For more information on the Nevada Rural Health Works Program, please contact Program Coordinators, John Packham, Ph.D. or Thomas Harris, Ph.D.