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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.
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Alaska Office of Rural Health
Collects and disseminates rural health care information and data; is engaged in health care provider recruitment and retention; provides technical assistance to rural providers, hospital and communities; and coordinates rural health policy analysis.
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Arizona Center for Rural Health (AzCRH)
Promotes the health of rural and medically underserved individuals, families, and communities in Arizona through service, education, and research.
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Arkansas Office of Rural Health & Primary Care
Supports access to quality health care services throughout Arkansas by helping develop community-based healthcare systems and services. Part of the Arkansas Department of Health.
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California State Office of Rural Health (CalSORH)
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.
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Colorado Rural Health Center (CRHC)
Serves as the State Office of Rural Health for Colorado. Offers members programs and services to ensure that rural communities have access to adequate healthcare.
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Connecticut State Office of Rural Health
Is located at Northwestern Connecticut Community College in rural Winsted, CT. The Office works closely with the Department of Public Health, Connecticut Primary Care Association, AHED, Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, CT Hospital Association and community organizations promoting quality healthcare for rural residents.
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Delaware Office of Primary Care and Rural Health
Works closely with local health advocates on a variety of community development activities designed to increase access to healthcare in Delaware. Part of the Delaware Division of Public Health.
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Florida Office of Rural Health
Works to improve access to high quality health care services in Florida’s rural communities. A division of the Florida Department of Health.
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Georgia State Office of Rural Health (SORH)
Works to improve access to health care in rural areas and reduce health status disparities. A division of the Georgia Department of Community Health.
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Hawaii State Office of Primary Care and Rural Health
Coordinates federal, state, and local efforts aimed at improving the health of Hawaii’s rural and medically underserved populations.
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Idaho Bureau of Rural Health and Primary Care
Promotes access to quality healthcare through a variety of programs, services, and activities for Idaho residents.
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Illinois Center for Rural Health
Works to improve access to primary health care in rural and underserved areas of Illinois and to encourage community involvement in health issues. Serves as an information clearinghouse on rural health issues. Administers scholarship programs for students in the health professions.
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Indiana State Office of Rural Health
Helps Indiana's rural communities build their healthcare delivery systems. Works to enhance the growth of public health services, funding sources, and education opportunities for every Indiana rural resident. Supports the Critical Access Hospital Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility (Flex) Program and the Small Rural Hospital Improvement Program (SHIP). Located within the Indiana State Department of Health's Office of Primary Care.
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Iowa State Office of Rural Health (IA SORH)
Helps rural communities and organizations identify and resolve issues, and build rural health infrastructure. Provides rural health advocacy and outreach, coordination of rural health resources, and consultation to communities and health care providers in rural Iowa communities.
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Kansas Office of Primary Care & Rural Health
Aids Kansas rural and medically underserved communities in building sustainable access to quality, patient-centered primary health care 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.
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Kentucky State Office of Rural Health
Partners with hospitals, community organizations, and non-profit groups, in promoting health care in rural Kentucky. Part of the Center of Excellence in Rural Health run by the University of Kentucky Medical Center.
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Louisiana Bureau of Primary Care and Rural Health
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.
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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.
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Maryland 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.
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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.
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Michigan Center for Rural Health (MCRH)
Serves as the Michigan State Office of Rural Health and the Michigan State Rural Health Association. 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 health care providers, distance education, and emergency medical services.
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Minnesota Department of Health - Office of Rural Health and Primary Care (ORHPC)
Promotes access to quality healthcare for all Minnesotans. Works with policymakers, providers, and rural and underserved urban communities. Coordinates statewide healthcare workforce programs and provides technical assistance to healthcare facilities.
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Mississippi Office of Rural Health
Works to help rural Mississippi communities build productive health care 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.
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Missouri Office of Primary Care and Rural Health (MORH)
Serves as the Missouri State Office of Rural Health. Helps communities provide access to healthcare services through community-based systems of care. Provides information on recruitment, loan repayment programs, and Missouri's Rural Health Clinics (RHCs).
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Montana Office of Rural Health (MORH)
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.
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Nebraska Office of Rural Health
Works to assure quality health care 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.
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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 division of the Center for Education and Health Services Outreach at the University of Nevada School of Medicine.
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New Hampshire Rural Health and Primary Care Section
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.
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New Jersey State Office of Rural Health (NJSORH)
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.
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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 Health Systems Bureau in the New Mexico Department of Health.
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New York State Office of Rural Health (Charles D. Cook Office of Rural Health)
A division of the New York State Department of Health focused on rural health issues for the state.
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North Carolina Office of Rural Health (ORH)
Provides technical assistance to small hospitals and community health centers in rural and medically underserved communities, recruits health care providers to work in rural and medically underserved communities, and provides grants for community health centers.
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North Dakota State Office of Rural Health (NDSORH)
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.
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Ohio State Office of Rural Health (OHSORH)
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. Includes a rural health listserv.
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Oklahoma Office of Rural Health (OORH)
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.
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Oregon Office of Rural Health
Works to improve the quality, availability, and accessibility of health care for rural Oregonians. Offers assistance to hospitals, clinics, and communities to strengthen the rural health care delivery system. Provides technical assistance to rural communities, recruits health care providers, and serves as a clearinghouse for information and data on rural health issues.
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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.
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Rhode Island Office of Primary Care and Rural Health
Promotes continued improvement in the health status of residents in rural Rhode Island. Works to see that all people in Rhode Island have the opportunity to live a safe and healthy life in a safe and healthy community. A division of the Rhode Island Department of Health's Office of Primary Care, Health Disparities and Access to Care Team.
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South Carolina Office of Rural Health (SCORH)
Dedicated to ensuring equitable access to quality healthcare for all rural South Carolinians. Also functions as the South Carolina State Rural Health Association.
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South Dakota Office of Rural Health
Works to improve access and delivery of health services to rural and medically underserved communities by recruiting health professionals, assisting hospitals and rural health clinics, and helping organizations develop and use technology.
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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.
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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.
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Utah Office of Primary Care and Rural Health
Collects and disseminates information, provides technical assistance, coordinates rural health interests statewide, and supports efforts to improve recruitment and retention of health professionals.
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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.
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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.
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Washington State Office of Community Health Systems, Rural Health and Primary Care Office
Supports rural and underserved communities in the state of Washington by providing assistance and resources for health systems planning and development to improve health and access to healthcare.
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West Virginia Division of Rural Health & Recruitment
Serves as the focal point for rural health issues in West Virginia. Addresses rural health care 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.
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Wisconsin Office of Rural Health (WI-ORH)
Supports rural healthcare delivery in Wisconsin by providing education, resources, and services. Works closely with individual rural communities and rural hospitals.
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Wyoming Office of Rural Health (WORH)
Seeks to enhance access to healthcare service, support the development of an adequate healthcare workforce, and promote collaboration in expanding comprehensive, community-based healthcare in rural Wyoming.
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