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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.

Lung Cancer Awareness Month Social Media Toolkit

GW Cancer Center Releases Updated Lung Cancer Awareness Month Social Media Toolkit November is lung cancer awareness month, an opportunity to raise awareness about the disease; combat stigma around a lung cancer diagnosis; and support patients, survivors and...

HRSA Announces the Rural Health Outreach Funding Opportunity

The Rural Health Care Services Outreach Program is a community-based grant program aimed towards promoting rural health care services by enhancing health care delivery in rural communities. Outreach projects focus on the improvement of access to services, strategies...

Call for Abstracts

2018 Pennsylvania Public and Community Health Annual Conference April 3, 2018 Lancaster, PA Call for Abstracts The Pennsylvania Public Health Association (PPHA), the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health (PORH), and the Penn State College of Medicine's Public Health...

SRHT Project Releases New templates for Rural Hospitals

The 2017 Rural Hospital Value-Based Strategic Summit was held to provide leaders with templates that improve organizational planning, strengthen actionable steps and operationalize key strategies that enable hospitals and networks to effectively transition to value....

Cancer Prevention Strategies for Early Adults

Health literacy, the degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process, and understand
health information and services needed to make health decisions, is an essential element for early
adults (aged 18–44 years) to make informed decisions about cancer. Low health literacy is one of the
social determinants of health associated with cancer-related disparities. Over the past several years, a
nonprofit organization, a university, and a cancer center in a major urban environment have
developed and implemented health literacy programs within healthcare systems and in the

Transitions in Care among Rural residents with Congestive Heart Failure

Both rural and urban hospitals vary with regard to the levels of care they are able to provide,
requiring that a subset of patients be transferred from the first point of encounter to a second
facility. Because of their generally smaller size, rural hospitals are more likely than urban institutions
to transfer patients to a second hospital for definitive care. Critical access hospitals, which are
limited to 25 inpatient beds and may only keep patients for three days, are required to have transfer
and referral agreements with one or more larger acute care hospitals. All rural hospitals, whether
through inpatient services or emergency department stabilization, offer important initial care for
rural residents

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.