Rural Health Capital Resources Master Class: 100 Series

Rural Health Capital Resources Master Class: 100 Series


The 100 Series is part one of the two-part Rural Health Capital Resources (RHCR) Master Class presented by the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH). This series consists of two webinar style introductory courses and is FREE and open to all. You must register separately for 101 and 102. 

RHCR 101 and 102 will provide an overview of the basics of federal, state, and private sources of capital for rural health and prosperity, and attendees will learn how capital resources are used in rural settings to achieve community health improvement goals. 

The 200 Series consists of three, interactive skills-based courses and require a one-time payment of $300. Learn more about the 200 Series here (link coming soon).

101: Introduction to Rural Health Capital Resources:  Basic Concepts of Rural Health Capital and Community Finance 

In this introductory session, participants will learn about the role of organizations that can help fund rural health and community projects like housing, clinics, dental practices and economic development. Participants will learn how to find and connect with these organizations to achieve rural health capital needs.

Date: Wednesday, February 7, 2024*

Time: 2:30-4:00 pm ET




Jana Reese, Funding Resources Specialist, Rural Health Information Hub  

Jana Reese is a funding resources specialist for the Rural Health Information Hub (RHIhub) at the Center for Rural Health (CRH) at the University of North Dakota (UND) School of Medicine & Health Sciences in Grand Forks. She is responsible for identifying and selecting funding opportunities for inclusion on the RHIhub website as well as writing, indexing, and updating funding records. In her position, Jana creates, updates, and maintains funding-related topic guides and coordinates and conducts outreach activities relating to the RHIhub's funding services.

Prior to joining the CRH, Jana was the director of resource development and community programs at Southwest Georgia United Empowerment Zone, Inc. Originally from Warner Robins, Georgia, Jana earned her BS degree at Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville and she currently lives in central Georgia.


Kristin Juliar, NOSORH Rural Health Capital Resources Project Consultant

Kristin Juliar is a consultant with the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health, directing the Rural Health Capital Resources Council and Center. She served as Director of the Montana Office of Rural Health (MORH) and the Montana Area Health Education Center (AHEC) at Montana State University in Bozeman for 16 years.

Before coming to Montana, Ms. Juliar was the Director of Minnesota's Healthcare Education - Industry Partnership for Minnesota State Colleges and Universities. She served as Executive Director of a rural development organization, working closely with rural communities on economic and community development projects, transportation planning, aging services, emergency medical services, rural health development, grant writing and grants administration.

She serves on the Executive Committee of the National Rural Health Resource Center, and was Chair of the National Rural Health Association Frontier Constituency Group. She is a member of the AHA Population and Community Health Advisory Committee. She has an M.A. in Urban and Regional Studies.



102: Introduction to Capital Resources for Financing Rural Health Infrastructure and Community Development Projects

In this session participants will unwrap the basics of federal, state, and private sources of capital for rural health and prosperity and learn how capital resources are used in rural settings to achieve community health improvement goals.  Participants will learn about how projects are developed, and the role of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and U.S. Small Business Administration and other sources of financing.

Date: Wednesday, March 6, 2024*

Time: 2:30-4:00 pm ET




Brian Haapala, CEO, Stroudwater Capital Partners

Brian is the CEO of Stroudwater Capital Partners helping improve access to capital for rural health care providers nationally. He is passionate about creating solutions to improve rural healthcare through capital investment. He guides leaders through the process of securing capital through the rural challenges of limited resources.

Brian has over 25 years of experience as an advisor and investment banker to rural health systems and has planned and/or financed over $1.5 billion in rural capital investments over this time. He holds a master’s degree in health services administration from the University of Michigan.

Anna Maria Lucas, Director of the Office of Rural Affairs, U.S. Small Business Association

Anna Maria Lucas is the Director of the Office of Rural Affairs at the U.S. Small Business Administration. Anna’s role includes working with SBA’s District Offices, Resource Partners, and other federal agencies across the country to help rural small businesses increase access to capital, export products around the world, improve opportunities for public and private investments, and increase economic growth and prosperity to increase the resiliency of rural communities through small business development. Prior to this role she worked in conservation and land use management in the Mountain West with grassroots community organizations and Tribal communities. She served in the U.S. Peace Corps in Kenya and is a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park.


Perry Hickman, U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development, Virginia State Director

Perry M. Hickman started his federal career with USDA Rural Development in April 2008 and has primarily worked in Virginia’s Community Programs Division, helping rural municipalities, non-profit corporations and Tribal entities obtain financial assistance to enhance their ability to provide essential services.

Mr. Hickman’s work with the Community Facilities Program later took him to the Rural Development national office in Washington, D.C., where he served as a senior loan specialist and planned numerous partnership events with commercial lenders and private sector partners.

Hickman later returned to the state office in Richmond to manage a $750 million portfolio as the Virginia Community Programs Director and was appointed State Director in March of 2022.


*Attendance in the live sessions is strongly encouraged. Attendees benefit from Q&A with the experts, as well as interaction with other attendees that may spur new thoughts. Recordings of the free 100 Series will be posted and publicly available. Recordings of the 200 Series will only be available to paid registrants.

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