State Office of Rural Health Frequently Asked Questions
Listing of State Office of Rural Health frequently asked questions.
Depending upon the program and agency, various definitions of rural exist. For grant programs from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP), all counties that are not part of a Metropolitan Area are considered rural by definition. In Metropolitan counties, Rural-Urban Commuting Area (RUCA) Codes define the rural areas eligible for the various FORHP grant programs.
Click here to learn more about eligibility for federal grants from the FORHP.
The State Office of Rural Health (SORH) does not in any way limit our technical assistance or services to just those counties or communities that meet the FORHP’s definition of rural.
Various Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) grant opportunities fund rural health projects in communities meeting the federal definition of rural.
Rural Health Network Development Planning Grant Program
This grant program provides one year of funding to rural communities needing assistance in the development of an integrated health care network. Planning grants provide funding to develop a formal network with the purpose of improving the coordination of health services in rural communities and strengthening the rural healthcare system as a whole.
Rural Health Network Development Grant Program
These grants are designed to further ongoing collaborative relationships among healthcare organizations by funding rural health networks that focus on integrating clinical, informational, administrative, and financial systems across members.