Division of Rural Health

The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) Office of Health Equity (OHE) serves as Virginia’s State Office of Rural Health (VA-SORH). Federally funded since 1991, the purpose of this Office is to strengthen rural health care delivery systems by maintaining a focal point for rural health. The federal SORH program provides funding for an institutional framework that links small rural communities with state and federal resources to help develop long term solutions to rural health problems. Virginia is a recipient of the federal SORH funding program.

The mission for VA-SORH is to address health inequities and its root causes in rural areas. The Office is dedicated to:

  • Fostering collaboration and leveraging resources across and within various levels of government, communities, and non-profit organizations
  • Collecting and disseminating information to stakeholders
  • Providing technical assistance
  • Assisting the coordination of rural health interests statewide through assessment and planning efforts
  • Supporting efforts to improve recruitment and retention of health professionals in rural areas

Virginia accomplishes its mission through several rural health programs:

In addition to these programs, VA-SORH is also involved in:

State Office of Rural Health

The goal of the the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (ORHP) State Offices of Rural Health (SORH) grant program is to assist states in strengthening rural health care delivery systems by creating a focal point for rural health within each state. The mission of each SORH is to help its individual rural communities build health care delivery systems. The Virginia SORH accomplishes this mission by funding projects related to:

  • Substance Abuse
  • Behavioral Health
  • Telehealth
  • EMS/Paramedicine
  • Workforce Incentive Programs


Workforce: Conrad 30 Waiver Program, Nursing Scholarship Programs, State Loan Repayment Program EMS Scholarship

Medical Rural Hospital Flexibility Program (FLEX)

Small Rural Hospital Improvement Grant Program (SHIP)

Virginia SORH Grantees

Bay Rivers Telehealth Alliance: Rural Behavioral Health Grant

One Care of Southwest: Medical Provider and Medical Student Opioid Training Grant

Virginia Rural Health Association Rural Naloxone and Overdose Reversal Program Grant

Quick Links

Rural Health Defined

Virginia State Rural Health Plan

Rural Health Clinics

Rural Health Research Gateway

Community Health Needs Assessment and Mapping Generator

Grant Funding Opportunities Links: