State Office of Rural Health

The Virginia State Office of Rural Health was established in 1991 to create, fund and support quality and sustainable rural healthcare infrastructure.  The purpose of this office is to address and rectify health disparities affecting the state’s rural residents.  For over 25 years, the Virginia State Office of Rural Health (VA-SORH) has provided funding funding that links rural communities with state and federal resources to help develop long-term solutions to rural health problems or their root causes.

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 SORH accomplishes its mission through several rural health programs:

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

VA-SORH Collaborates with the following:

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 Grantee Resources

VA-SORH Policy and Procedure Manual

VA-SORH Grant Restrictions

VA-SORH Conference Sponsoring

Grant Eligibility Form

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: