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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”?

Map showing the counties in Virginia that a designated "rural" by HRSA.



Contact Us:

Heather Anderson, MPH
Director, Division of Primary Care and Rural Health

Kandi Chamberlain, MPH
State Office of Rural Health, Program Manager
Phone: (804) 495-5613

Brandon Rivenbark
Rural Health Manager, SHIP & Flex Coordinator
Phone: (804) 835-2618

Ellie Wilson
Outreach Coordinator
Phone: (804) 690-7255

Fern Christian
Virginia Rural Response & Relief Coordinator
Phone: (804) 688-5395