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  • The Value of Cross-Sector Collaboration

    By Kruse Scholar Alum Rob Platou In 2014 I accepted a job offer that took me from sunny Southern California to rural Southeast Georgia to work at a community hospital that was part of the ... more

  • Meet our Communities: West Kendall, Florida

    By Javier Hernandez-Lichtl, CEO, West Kendall Baptist Hospital From before West Kendall Baptist Hospital opened, our staff has operated under guiding themes that describe who we are and what we value. As we prepared to ... more

  • Brookfield & Marceline: A Team of Rivals

    By Becky Cleveland The rural communities of Marceline and Brookfield, both located in North Central Missouri’s  Linn County, have teamed up to pilot Communities of Excellence 2026.  We are hopeful that successful implementation of this ... more

  • Trolls, Elves, and Strong Communities

    By Kruse Scholar Spencer Cahoon A week ago my wife and I returned from traveling through the lands of trolls, elves, and Vikings: Scandinavia.  From seeing spectacular waterfalls, tasting fermented shark meat, to exploring 800-year ... more

  • Rural America: think regionally; act locally

    Communities of Excellence 2026 is pleased to share a six part blog series by our National Learning Collaborative pilot cohort communities.  Today we begin with a post from Max Summers and Steve Wenger, representing the Northwest ... more

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