The Washington Rural Health Association’s mission is to collaboratively strengthen and improve the health of rural communities.
Foundation & Vision
The Washington Rural Health Association was formed in 1988 as an outgrowth of the vision of many individuals and organizations who recognized the value of uniting to support rural health care throughout the state of Washington. The special challenges of delivering health care in rural areas of Washington were the driving force in the development of WRHA. The Association provides a forum for exchanging information, developing common strategies for problem solving, and representing rural health care needs in a coherent fashion. The association is taking a leadership role in developing legislation and providing guidance, expertise and testimony for both legislators and regulators. WRHA is a strong advocate for enhanced access, quality and stability for rural health services.
WRHA encourages membership statewide from a variety of individuals and organizations involved in rural health care including health care providers and administrators in both public and private settings, researchers, educators, consumer groups, health consultants, resource and referral centers, insurance and financing organizations, suppliers of services to rural providers, and others sharing an interest in rural health care. Current organizational members include hospitals, community centers, home health agencies, legal and financial firms, and university programs. Individual members include administrators, physicians, nurses, dentists, optometrists, mid-level providers, business leaders, insurance organizations, researchers, educators and policy-makers, and others showing an interest in rural health care.