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Enhancing the Health Status of Rural Pennsylvanians

The Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health (PORH) works with local state and federal partners to achieve equity in, and access to, quality health care for Pennsylvania’s rural residents. We strive to be the premier rural health leadership organization in the state and one of the most effective State Offices of Rural Health in the nation.

Swimming Pool Core and Category 24 Registration

Registration is OPEN for Swimming Pool Category 24 Certification and Recertification!

Rural Health Network Development Planning Grant Announced

This notice solicits applications for the Rural Health Network Development Planning Program (“Network Planning”). The purpose of the Network Planning program is to assist in the development of an integrated healthcare network, specifically network participants who do not have a history of formal collaborative efforts. The Network Planning program promotes the planning and development of healthcare networks in order to: (i) achieve efficiencies; (ii) expand access to, coordinate, and improve the quality of essential health care services; and (iii) strengthen the rural health care system as a whole.

CDC: Rate of Drug Overdose Death Higher in Rural Areas Than Urban

While the number of people dying from drug overdose has been consistently higher in metropolitan areas, the rate of death in rural areas – that is, the number of deaths per 100,000 people – surpassed urban areas in 2015.  In the latest release from...

New Rural Innovation Profile: Medical-Legal Partnership Addresses Social Determinants of Health

New from Rural Health Value: The Rural Health Value team recently released a new Rural Innovation Profile focused on how a nonprofit health care network integrated a medical-legal partnership, as one of the clinical and community support services, into its...

AHRQ Chartbook on Rural Health Care

As part of its annual reports to Congress on national health care quality and disparities, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) updated data points on rural health.  The Chartbook focuses on more than 250 measures of quality and...

Penn State nursing professors and alumnus receive research award

Penn State nursing faculty members and an alumnus, who is a rural health leader, are recipients of The Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing’s sixth annual Innovation Award. The winning article, "Improving Rural Geriatric Care Through Education: A...

Now Entering…Rural Pennsylvania

Come see what makes Rural Pennsylvania so extraordinary. This short program, produced over the course of two years or so, provides just a small glimpse of who we are.

PORH Celebrates National Rural Health Day

See what Pennsylvanians have to say about rural health in celebration of the 6th Annual National Rural Health Day.