Our Work

CSG is focused on creating a future where communities and Native nations across the rural United States are healthy places where each and every person belongs, lives with dignity, and thrives.

We serve as a central hub (connector and catalyst of ideas, people, and information) for those seeking to improve equity, opportunity, health, and prosperity in rural places. We actively center racial, geographic, and class equity throughout our work.

Our work is guided by the Thrive Rural Framework, which provides both a shared vision and a line of sight into our current understanding of the local and systems conditions necessary to realize that vision. Communities of all sizes across the US rely on rural people and places for water, energy, and food — making the health and economic prosperity of these places essential.

Many others helped shape — and are contributing to progress toward — this shared vision. Some examples of these contributions are:

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The Rural Aperture Project: Leveraging data to gain new insights into rural America

The Rural Aperture Project from the Center on Rural Innovation is intended to provide all those advancing rural prosperity — from practitioners…

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Rural Playbook

Across the country, rural hospitals are beginning to address key social determinants of health, improving the health and well-being of…

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Research Report Findings: Investing in Dismantling Structural Racism and Economic Inequity in Rural America 

 In 2021, the authors undertook research to provide recommendations to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for development of a network…

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2022 County Health Rankings

County Health Rankings & Roadmaps (CHR&R) brings actionable data, evidence, guidance, and stories to diverse leaders and residents so people…

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National association of counties HOUSING SOLUTIONS MATCHMAKER TOOL

The housing policy matchmaker aspires to be a resource for local officials, providing information that assists in understanding the elements…


How you can Engage with us

  • Sign up for our newsletter.
  • Attend an event.
  • Tell us about your effort that is contributing toward a future where communities and Native nations across the rural United States are places where each and every person belongs, lives with dignity, and thrives.

Funding for our work has been generously given by: Annie E. Casey Foundation and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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