Allison Hutchings is the Deputy Director of the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy’s Rural Strategic Initiatives Division. In this capacity, she helps oversee the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program (RCORP), a $575 million initiative that provides community-based grants and technical assistance to rural communities addressing behavioral health care needs. She also participates on HHS’ Behavioral Health Coordinating Council, helping to ensure that RCORP investments align with other HHS priorities and behavioral health funding streams.
Prior to becoming Deputy, Allison managed the first cohort of RCORP-Implementation, RCORP’s first direct service program, helping to establish the program’s strategic direction, deliverables, and anticipated outcomes. She also served as Program Coordinator for HRSA’s Black Lung Clinics Program, which funds health clinics and hospitals around the country that provide specialized care and benefits counseling to coal miners. Before coming to HRSA, Allison held positions at the U.S. Department of Justice, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and Save the Children – India. She holds an MPH from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and a B.A. from the College of William & Mary. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, reading, exploring new places, and spending time with family.
Allison is inspired daily by the creativity, resilience, and dedication of RCORP grantees and looks forward to (hopefully) connecting with grantees and TELs in person again soon!