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Directory of State Offices of Rural Health (SORH) and Rural Health Associations
Brief overview of State Offices of Rural Health (SORH) grant program. Directory contact information for each SORH, as well as additional state rural health contacts, state rural health association contacts, and national rural health contacts.
Sponsoring organization: Office of Rural Health Policy

State Offices of Rural Health Directory
Directory of the State Offices of Rural Health with contact information for key SORH staff. Maintained by the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH).
Sponsoring organization: National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health

Organizations

Alabama Department of Public Health: Office of Primary Care and Rural Health
Phone: 334.206.5396
Facilitates and supports activities which improve access to health care services for rural Alabamians, with special concern concern for children, the elderly, minorities and other medically underserved vulnerable populations.

Alaska Office of Rural Health
Phone: 907.465.8618
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.

Arizona Center for Rural Health
Phone: 520.626.2254
Promotes the health of rural and medically underserved individuals, families, and communities through service, education, and research.

Arkansas Office of Rural Health & Primary Care
Phone: 501.280.4560
Email: orhpc@arkansas.gov
Promotes the development of community-based health care services and systems throughout Arkansas to ensure that well managed, quality health services are available to all citizens. This is a component of the Arkansas Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Health.

California State Office of Rural Health (CalSORH)
Phone: 916.449.5770
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 (CRHC)
Phone: 303.832.7493
Email: info@coruralhealth.org
An independent, non-profit, membership-based organization that serves as the State Office of Rural Health for Colorado. Offers programs and services to ensure that rural communities have access to adequate healthcare.

Connecticut State Office of Rural Health
Phone: 860.738.6378
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.

Delaware Office of Primary Care & Rural Health
Part of the Delaware Division of Public Health. Collects and disseminates rural health information across the state. Coordinates rural health interests and activities statewide.

Florida Office of Rural Health
Phone: 850.245.4446
Addresses the healthcare needs of the state's rural citizens. A division of the Florida Department of Health.

Georgia State Office of Rural Health (SORH)
Phone: 229.401.3090
Works to improve access to health care in rural areas and reduce health status disparities. A division of the Georgia Department of Community Health.

Hawaii State Office of Primary Care and Rural Health
Phone: 808.586.4188
Email: sorh@mail.health.state.hi.us
A division of the Hawaii Department of Health. Works closely with the statewide Hawaii Rural Health Association.

Idaho State Office of Rural Health and Primary Care
Phone: 208.334.0669
Email: RuralHealth@dhw.idaho.gov
Promotes access to quality health care for people in Idaho through a variety of programs, services, and activities.

Illinois Center for Rural Health
Phone: 217.782.4977
Works to improve access to primary health care in rural and underserved areas of Illinois. The Center for Rural Health is also the Primary Care Office for Illinois and is responsible for designation of provider shortage areas. A division of the Department of Public Health.

Indiana State Office of Rural Health (InSORH)
Phone: 317.233.1325
Promotes the health of rural residents through public health services, funding sources, education, conferences, publications, and various initiatives. Oversees the Indiana Rural Hospital Flex Program and the Small Rural Hospital Improvement Grant Program. Located within the Indiana State Department of Health's Primary Care Office.

Iowa State Office of Rural Health (IA SORH)
Phone: 515.281.7224
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. Part of the Bureau of Oral and Health Delivery Systems, which in turn is part of the Iowa Department of Public Health.

Kansas State Office of Rural Health (KS SORH)
Serves rural communities in Kansas. Collects and disseminates health information and links rural communities to programs that support rural health. Works with Kansas rural health clinics, CAHs, FLEX, rural hospitals, and underserved areas. Part of the Kansas Bureau of Community Health Systems, which is under the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

Kentucky State Office of Rural Health
Phone: 606.439.3557
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.

Louisiana Bureau of Primary Care and Rural Health
Phone: 225.342.9513
Works to improve the health status of Louisiana residents in rural and underserved areas by working proactively to build community health systems' capacity to provide integrated, efficient and effective health care services. A division of Louisiana Department of Health & Hospitals.

Maine Office of Rural Health and Primary Care
Phone: 207.287.5524
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 Office of Rural Health
Phone: 410.767.5300
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
Phone: 800.769.9991
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 (MCRH)
Phone: 517.355.7979
Coordinates resources and activities statewide, collects and disseminates information concerning rural health issues, promotes recruitment and retention of health professionals, and strengthens state/local/federal partnerships. Maintains maps and lists of CAHs and RHCs.

Minnesota Department of Health - Office of Rural Health and Primary Care (ORHPC)
Phone: 651.201.5000
Provides technical assistance for clinics and hospitals, works to recruit and retain health professionals, and promotes access to quality health care for rural and underserved urban Minnesotans.

Mississippi Office of Rural Health
Phone: 601.576.7216
Serves to understand and improve rural health conditions within Mississippi through collecting and evaluating data, providing technical assistance, and updating a rural health care information clearinghouse. A division of the Mississippi State Department of Health.

Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services: Rural Community Health
Phone: 573.751.6219
Email: info@health.mo.gov
Serves as the Missouri Office of Primary Care and Rural Health. Helps communities provide access to health care services through community-based systems of care. Provides information on recruitment, flex monitoring, and Missouri's rural health clinics.

Montana Office of Rural Health (MORH)
Phone: 406.994.6001
Collects and disseminates information within the state, improves recruitment and retention of health professionals into rural areas, provides technical assistance to attract more federal, state, and foundation funding for rural health, and coordinates rural health interests and activities across the state.

Nebraska Office of Rural Health
Phone: 402.471.3121
Email: officeofruralhealth@dhhs.ne.gov
Works to assure the availability and accessibility of quality health care services to meet the needs of people living in rural Nebraska. Promotes programs and activities, recruitment and retention, networking, hospital maintenance, community planning, and leadership. Serves as the Nebraska Office of Primary Care.

Nevada State Office of Rural Health
Phone: 775.784.4841
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.

New Hampshire Rural Health and Primary Care Section
Phone: 603.271.4741
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 (NJSORH)
Phone: 609.689.9930
Provides technical assistance, statewide coordination, information clearinghouse, and recruitment and retention. Works with the New Jersey Primary Care Association.

New Mexico Office of Primary Care and Rural Health
Phone: 505.827.0924
Dedicated to improving primary care and rural health access in the State of New Mexico. A division of the Health Systems Bureau in the New Mexico Department of Health.

New York State Office of Rural Health (Charles D. Cook Office of Rural Health)
Phone: 518.402.0102
Email: orh@health.state.ny.us
A division of the New York State Department of Health and focuses on rural health issues.

North Carolina Office of Rural Health and Community Care (ORHCC)
Phone: 919.733.2040
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.

North Dakota State Office of Rural Health
Phone: 701.777.3848
Helps North Dakota's rural communities build health care services through collaborations and initiatives. Works with hospitals and facilities, Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Program, Small Rural Hospital Improvement Program, and grant development assistance. A division within the University of North Dakota's Center for Rural Health.

Ohio State Office of Rural Health (OHSORH)
Phone: 614.644.8508
Email: BCHS@odh.ohio.gov
Strengthens rural health care 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.

Oklahoma Office of Rural Health (OORH)
Phone: 405.840.6502
Coordinates, plans, and promotes quality healthcare for targeted, underserved rural Oklahomans through enhanced delivery systems such as education, research, service, analysis, and development.

Oregon Office of Rural Health
Phone: 503.494.4450
Email: ruralweb@ohsu.edu
Coordinates efforts to improve rural health systems, provides technical assistance to rural communities, recruits health care providers, advises hospitals about the Critical Access Hospital option, and serves as a clearinghouse for information and data on rural health issues.

Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health
Phone: 814.863.8214
Email: porh@psu.edu
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.

Rhode Island Office of Primary Care and Rural Health
Phone: 401.222.1171
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, Division of Disease Prevention & Control.

South Carolina Office of Rural Health (SCORH)
Phone: 803.454.3850
Seeks to improve the health status of rural and underserved people throughout the state through advocacy, education, and assistance to providers, communities and policy-makers.

South Dakota Office of Rural Health
Phone: 605.773.3361
Works to improve the delivery of health services to rural and medically underserved communities, emphasizing access. Part of the South Dakota Department of Health.

Tennessee Office of Rural Health
Phone: 615.741.0417
Email: tn.health@tn.gov
Works to improve and enhance the accessibility, availability, and affordability of quality health care in Tennessee by creating a central focus and coordination of rural health care resources. A division of the Tennessee Department of Health.

Texas State Office of Rural Health
Phone: 512.936.6701
Serves as the primary state resource in planning, coordinating, and advocating statewide efforts to ensure continued access to rural health care services.

Utah Office of Primary Care and Rural Health
Phone: 801.273.6618
Collects and disseminates information, provides technical assistance, coordinates rural health interests statewide, and supports efforts to improve recruitment and retention of health professionals.

Vermont Office of Rural Health and Primary Care
Phone: 802.951.1259
Provides planning, technical assistance and resources to improve access to health services throughout Vermont. A division of the Vermont Department of Health.

Virginia State Office of Rural Health
Phone: 804.864.7426
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.

Washington State Office of Community and Rural Health
Phone: 360.236.2805
Helps rural and underserved communities have access to health services. Administers grant programs, finds doctors, and connects health care professionals with clinics and hospitals.

West Virginia Division of Rural Health & Recruitment
Phone: 304.558.0644
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.

Wisconsin Office of Rural Health
Phone: 800.385.0005 or 608.261.1883
Dedicated to improving the quality of health for rural and underserved communities in Wisconsin. Collaborates with health care organizations and systems, community based providers and individuals, and educational organizations to develop programs and provide resources designed to enhance life in rural communities.

Wyoming Rural and Frontier Health Division
Phone: 307.777.6512
Promotes collaboration in expanding comprehensive, community based primary care services in the rural/frontier communities of Wyoming. Places high priority on improving access to care for the underserved, vulnerable, and minority populations of the state.

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