State Office of Rural Health

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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

Virginia SORH Grantee Resources

Virginia SORH Grantees

  • One Care of Southwest: Medical Provider and Medical Student Opioid Training Grant
  • Virginia Rural Health Association Rural Naloxone and Overdose Reversal Program Grant
  • Grantee: Eastern Shore Health District
    • Program: Adverse Childhood Experience’s Program
  • Grantee: Southern Botanical Gardens
    • Program: Educational and Workforce Training Program
  • Grantee: One Care of South West Virginia
    • Program: Rural Substance Abuse Program
  • Grantee: Virginia Rural Health Association Program
    • Rural Provider Training Program and Lockable Bag Program
  • Grantee: Cumberland Plateau Health District
    • Program: Community Health Improvement Plan Initiative
  • Grantee: Thomas Jefferson Health District & Piedmont Virginia Community College
    • Program: Community Health Worker Development Program
  • Grantee: Central Virginia Health Services
    • Program: Telemedicine & Rural Provider Training Program
  • Grantee: Stone Mountain Health Services & South West Virginia Workforce Development Board
    • Program: Coal Miners Workforce Site Initiative
  • Grantee: Far South West Virginia Drug Court & South West Virginia Area Health Education Center (AHEC)
    • Program: Harm Reduction & Peer Recovery Specialist Program
  • Grantee: The Health Wagon
    • Program: Behavioral Health Telehealth Services Program
  • Grantee: Appalachian Agency for Senior Citizens
    • Program: Bridge to Care ER Reduction Program

Quick Links

Grant Funding Opportunities Links: