The Colorado Rural Health Center (CRHC) is unlike any other State Office of Rural Health, with its unique formation as not only a nonprofit, but also as a member-based association. The earliest association on record in the Unites States was the New York Chamber of Commerce, formed in 1768 by a group of merchants. At the heart of associations is the sense of working together on a common cause. Associations can form for any number of reasons; serving a variety of purposes and providing a range of services or products for members.
The CRHC, originally called the Colorado Rural Health Resource Center (the Center), was created by members of the Colorado Rural Health Consortium. The Consortium was a group of major health agencies, state legislators, and concerned individuals who began meeting in August 1990 to develop a plan for addressing Colorado's rural health issues.
The Consortium members determined that Colorado needed a focal point for addressing rural health concerns. With funding from the federal Office of Rural Health Policy, The Consortium was awarded $43,000 in the fall of 1991. One year later the Colorado Rural Health Resource Center opened for business. Approximately six months later, the Consortium members became the "membership" of the Center.
The membership has grown significantly since that time, and for more than 20 years, the CRHC has been our state’s most trusted resource for rural healthcare. In the current economic landscape, it is more important than ever that we continue to support and advocate on behalf of rural healthcare and the safety net community. We remain loyally committed to ensuring our members have the resources and support they need to keep their communities healthy and vibrant. The CRHC is well positioned to provide 20+ more years of support to ensure access to healthcare for all Coloradans, and we recognize that our work would be impossible without the dedication of our loyal members.
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Membership is for hospitals, clinics, students and other small organizations. The fee is based on the number of full-time employees in your organization, and benefits are focused on discounts on events and programs, access to grants and scholarships, technical assistance services, resources, and information sharing.
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Sponsorship is for vendors, for-profit organizations and corporations, and other supportive parties. The benefits are focused on connecting your organization to facilities in need of your products and services.
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Partnership is for large hospital systems, foundations, major corporations, and other organizations interested in making a significant investment in rural healthcare.
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