State Office of Rural Health

Important Message from the State Office of Rural Health: 

The Division of Primary Care and Rural Health recognizes these are challenging times for all of us and we want everyone to have the most accurate and up to date information possible regarding COVID-19. Therefore, for any questions and concerns please redirect your search to  for updates. For COVID-19 resources that are specific to Virginia and/or rural communities visit the VA-SORH Rural Resources page.

Everyone in Virginia age 12 or older is eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. Pre-registration is no longer required.


Virginia State Office of Rural Health

The Virginia State Office of Rural Health (VA-SORH) was established in 1991 to create, fund and support quality and sustainable rural healthcare infrastructure.  VA-SORH is a designated, federally funded office by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP). The purpose and mission of VA-SORH is to address and rectify health disparities affecting the state’s rural residents.  For nearly 30 years, VA-SORH has provided funding that connects small rural communities with state and federal resources with the goal of developing long-term solutions to address the root causes of rural health disparities.


VA-SORH 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


Are you “rural”?


Contact Us:

For any questions and concerns regarding COVID-19 please redirect your search to  for updates. Any COVID-19 related calls will be redirected to the VDH website

Heather Anderson, MPH
Director, Division of Primary Care and Rural Health
Phone: (804)-864-7426

Sarah O’Connor, MPH
State Office of Rural Health Program Coordinator
Phone: (804) 573-8659

Clarissa Noble, MPH
Rural Health Manager, SHIP & Flex Coordinator
Phone: (804) 864-7433

Ellie Wilson
Outreach Coordinator
Phone: (804) 516-4975


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