WRHA Mission & History

WRHA Mission & History

The Washington Rural Health Association was formed in 1988, an outgrowth of the developing vision of many individuals and organizations who recognized the value of uniting to support rural health care throughout the state of Washington.


The Washington Rural Health Association’s mission is to collaboratively strengthen and improve the health of rural communities.


  • Serve as an advocate for rural health while securing access to high quality health care services for rural citizens and individuals vacationing or traveling through rural areas.
  • Assist in providing enhanced opportunities for education and training for rural health care providers.
  • Increase communication among interested individuals and organizations with common goals to help promote partnerships, coalitions and other cooperative arrangements to benefit rural health care delivery.
  • Promote enhanced understanding of rural health issues while working toward the improvement of regulatory, financing, and insurance industry policies affecting the delivery of rural health services.
  • Support the work of existing constituency groups in their efforts to pursue improvements in rural health care.

WRHA’s relationship with the National Rural Health Association (NRHA) provides additional networking opportunities, federal legislative information and advocacy, and numerous resources regarding rural health care. NRHA web site.