State Offices of Rural Health
Alabama Office of Primary Care and Rural Health
Facilitates and supports activities which improve access to health care services for rural Alabamians, with special concern for children, the elderly, minorities and other medically underserved vulnerable populations. Part of the Alabama Department of Public Health.
Alaska Office of Rural Health
Collects and disseminates rural healthcare information and
data. Work to improve rural health professions recruitment
and retention, and offers technical assistance to rural
providers, hospitals, and communities. Coordinates rural
health policy analysis in Alaska.
Arizona Center for Rural Health
Promotes the health of rural and medically underserved individuals, families, and communities in Arizona through service, education, and research. Houses the Arizona State Office of Rural Health.
California State Office of Rural Health
Collaborates with public and private entities statewide and at the regional and national levels to increase rural access to health care and to link small rural communities with state and federal resources.
Colorado Rural Health Center
Serves as the State Office of Rural Health (SORH) for
Colorado. Offers members programs and services to ensure
that rural communities have access to adequate healthcare.
Connecticut State Office of Rural Health
Offers a services and activities to improve healthcare access for rural residents in Connecticut. Provides technical assistance for local and regional rural health initiatives. Works to build collaboration and networks between community members, healthcare providers, and other organizations to leverage resources and improve rural health in the state.
Illinois Center for Rural Health
Serves as the State Office of Rural Health (SORH) for
Illinois and works to improve access to primary healthcare
in rural and underserved areas in the state. Provides
consultation and technical assistance to community-based
organizations, serves as an information clearinghouse on
rural health issues, and administers scholarship programs
for students in the health professions.
Indiana State Office of Rural Health
Promotes the rural healthcare workforce and delivery systems in the state of Indiana and helps to coordinate efforts and resources. Supports the Critical Access Hospital (CAH) Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility (Flex) Program and the Small Rural Hospital Improvement Program (SHIP). Works within the Indiana State Department of Health's Office of Primary Care.
Iowa State Office of Rural Health and Primary Care
Helps rural communities and organizations build rural health infrastructure. Supports
health systems programming to enhance effectiveness and eliminate health disparities. Provides rural health advocacy and outreach, coordination of rural health resources, and consultation to healthcare communities and providers in rural Iowa.
Kansas Office of Primary Care & Rural Health
Serves as the State Office of Rural Health (SORH) for Kansas and aids rural and medically underserved communities in the state. Helps build sustainable access to quality, patient-centered primary healthcare services. Focuses on supporting the primary care and rural health workforce, connecting local providers and partners to resources and programs, and strengthening system-wide performance improvement capacity.
Kentucky Office of Rural Health
Partners with hospitals, community organizations, and nonprofit groups, in promoting healthcare in rural Kentucky. Located in the Center of Excellence in Rural Health at the University of Kentucky Medical Center.
Louisiana Bureau of Chronic Disease Prevention and Healthcare Access
Works to improve the health status of Louisiana residents in rural and underserved areas by building community health systems' capacity to provide integrated, efficient, and effective health care services. A bureau of the Louisiana Department of Health Office of Public Health housing the State Office of Rural Health. Known locally as Well-Ahead Louisiana.
Maine Office of Rural Health and Primary Care
Manages health personnel recruitment and retention programs and provides technical assistance for communities to receive grants that benefit health care and rural areas; facilitates communication on rural health issues among providers, consumers and government programs.
Maryland State Office of Rural Health
Collects and disseminates information within the state, coordinates rural health interests and activities across the state, and provides technical assistance to attract more federal, state, and foundation funding for rural communities.
Massachusetts Office of Rural Health
A component of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health which collects and disseminates information on rural health; coordinates resources and activities within rural communities; provides technical assistance for planning and development; strengthens local, state, and federal partnerships; and administers the Massachusetts Rural Hospital Flex and the SHIP programs.
Michigan Center for Rural Health
Serves as the State Office of Rural Health (SORH) in Michigan. Supports the development of partnerships among nonprofits, health departments, hospitals, government, and academia to create new opportunities in quality of care, recruitment and retention of healthcare providers, distance education, and emergency medical services (EMS).
Minnesota Department of Health - Office of Rural Health and Primary Care
Serves as the State Office of Rural Health (SORH) in Minnesota and promotes access to quality healthcare for all Minnesota residents. Works with policymakers, providers, and rural and underserved urban communities. Collects and analyzes statewide data on licensed healthcare providers; provides grant support to increase access to healthcare workforce programs; and builds and sustains healthcare facilities, including Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs). Designates and supports the trauma system in Minnesota.
Mississippi Office of Rural Health
Works to help rural Mississippi communities build productive healthcare delivery systems. Focuses on data collection on rural health needs, policy analysis and development, technical assistance, health manpower recruitment, coordination of rural health interests statewide, and support for rural healthcare facilities. Part of the Mississippi State Department of Health.
Missouri Office of Rural Health and Primary Care
Serves as the Missouri State Office of Rural Health (SORH).
Helps rural areas provide access to healthcare services
through community-based systems. Provides information on
recruitment, loan repayment programs, and Missouri's Rural
Health Clinics (RHCs).
Montana Office of Rural Health
Works to improve access to quality healthcare for rural
Montana residents by providing leadership and resources to
healthcare and community organizations. Focuses on
recruitment and retention of health professionals into
rural areas, provides technical assistance, and coordinates
rural health interests and activities across the state.
Nebraska Office of Rural Health
Works to assure quality healthcare services to those living
in rural Nebraska. Promotes programs and activities
including student loan repayment programs, recruitment and
retention, healthcare facilities serving underserved areas,
and State 30 J1 Visa Waiver. Serves as the Nebraska Office
of Primary Care.
Nevada State Office of Rural Health
Provides technical assistance activities to rural
communities through workshops, dissemination of
information, and recruitment and retention of health care
practitioners. A program of the Office of Statewide
Initiatives at the University of Nevada, Reno School of
Medicine and home to the Area Health Education Centers (AHECs), Flex and SHIP programs.
New Hampshire Rural Health & Primary Care
Offers technical assistance to rural health care providers and organizations, supports clinician recruitment and retention efforts, and disseminates healthcare related information to rural healthcare stakeholders. A division of the Department of Health and Human Services.
New Jersey State Office of Rural Health
Statewide resource for rural health concerns. Collects and shares rural health information, provides technical assistance, and encourages recruitment and retention of health professionals in rural areas.
New Mexico Office of Primary Care and Rural Health
Works to improve access to quality healthcare for New
Mexico by providing collaborative leadership and resources
to healthcare and community organizations. A division of
the Population and Community Health Bureau in the New Mexico Department of Health.
North Carolina Office of Rural Health
Provides technical assistance to small hospitals and community health centers in rural and medically underserved communities, recruits healthcare providers to work in these communities, and provides grants for community health centers.
North Dakota State Office of Rural Health
Helps the rural communities in North Dakota build
healthcare services through collaboration. Works with
hospitals and other healthcare related facilities.
Administers the Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Program
(FLEX), Small Rural Hospital Improvement Program (SHIP),
and provides grant development assistance.
Ohio State Office of Rural Health
Works to strengthen rural healthcare delivery systems
across Ohio. Coordinates rural health initiatives statewide
by collecting rural health information, coordinating
resources, providing technical assistance, and encouraging
recruitment and retention.
Oklahoma Office of Rural Health
Works with rural communities to ensure their healthcare infrastructure is effective and economically viable by broadening and improving the access and quality of healthcare services, stabilizing rural hospital finances, and educating the public and policymakers about rural health issues.
Oregon Office of Rural Health
Works to improve the quality, availability, and
accessibility of healthcare for rural Oregon residents.
Offers assistance to hospitals, clinics, and communities to
strengthen the rural healthcare delivery system. Provides
technical assistance to rural communities, recruits
healthcare providers, and serves as a clearinghouse for
information and data on rural health issues.
Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health
Works to improve the health of rural communities and their residents by compiling, analyzing, and disseminating information to policy makers. Also works to encourage partnerships and identify opportunities for collaboration and cooperation.
South Dakota Office of Rural Health
Works to improve access and delivery of healthcare services
to rural and medically underserved communities in South
Dakota. Activities include recruiting health professionals,
assisting hospitals and rural health clinics, and helping
organizations develop and use technology.
Tennessee Office of Rural Health
Works to improve and enhance the accessibility, availability, and affordability of quality healthcare in Tennessee by creating a central focus and coordination of rural healthcare resources. A division of the Tennessee Department of Health.
Texas State Office of Rural Health
Works with local health care providers, county leaders, and state partners to support access to quality health care for rural Texans. Assists rural health providers through a variety of programs including information and referral, assistance with medical license applications, grants and educational awards for individual clinicians, health care institutions, and other organizations.
Vermont Office of Rural Health and Primary Care
Works to improve quality and performance of Vermont's Critical Access Hospitals and rural hospitals. Focuses on access to primary, dental, and mental health services and recruitment and retention of primary care, oral health, and mental health workforce. Supports outreach to farm owners and workers and training for health care professionals. Part of the Vermont Department of Health.
Virginia State Office of Rural Health
Collects and disseminates information, provides technical assistance, helps coordinate rural health interests state-wide, and supports efforts to improve recruitment and retention of health professionals.
West Virginia State Office of Rural Health
Serves as the focal point for rural health issues in West Virginia. Addresses rural healthcare needs by planning and developing policy, providing technical assistance and managing statewide coordination of rural health activities. A division of the WV Office of Community Health Systems and Health Promotion.
Wisconsin Office of Rural Health
Supports rural healthcare delivery in Wisconsin by
providing education, resources, events, and services. Works
closely with individual rural communities and rural
hospitals to support their rural health activities.
Wyoming Office of Rural Health
Seeks to enhance access to healthcare services, support the
development of an adequate healthcare workforce, and
promote collaboration in expanding comprehensive,
community-based healthcare in rural Wyoming.