Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health (PORH)

Enhancing the Health Status of Rural Pennsylvanians

The Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health (PORH) works with local state and federal partners to achieve equity in, and access to, quality health care for Pennsylvania's rural residents. We strive to be the premier rural health leadership organization in the state and one of the most effective State Offices of Rural Health in the nation.

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Continuing Education and Outreach

Continuing education programs focus on a wide range of topics including rural migrant and immigrant health, leadership and management, community health needs assessments, program evaluation, grant writing technical assistance, and more!

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Hospital and Healthsystem Initiatives

PORH administers programs that provide support the state’s small rural hospitals on quality improvement, financial and operational improvement, health system development, and community engagement.

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Agricultural Safety and Health

The Pennsylvania Rural Health Farm Worker Protection Safety Program assists Pennsylvania growers in understanding and complying with the requirements of the Federal Environmental Protection Agency Worker Protection Standard and linkages to other farm safety resources.

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Population Health

Access to high quality population health data is key to increasing the health of communities and rural residents. A partnership with the Community Health Solutions brings an easily-accessible platform to launch and evaluate population health efforts.

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Swimming Pool Pesticide Applicator's Training Program

Register today for Spring classes! We offer classes to get certified and classes to become recertified to maintain your license.

Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health presents Student Achievement Award

Mary Rosman, an undergraduate student in the Penn State Department of Health Policy and Administration (HPA), has been awarded the 2016 Jennifer S. Cwynar Community Achievement Award.

This award was established in memory of Jennifer S. Cwynar, a 2008 graduate of HPA and a 2008 undergraduate intern at PORH. The award is given in recognition of Cwynar’s commitment to community service, advocacy for underserved and rural populations, and focus on public health. The award is issued to a senior undergraduate HPA student who has advanced those commitments and is intended to encourage and foster personal and professional development. Read More >

2016 Community and Public Health Conference

Strengthening the Health of Pennsylvanians: Addressing the Health Care and Public Health Needs of Vulnerable and Underserved Populations was a one day conference hosted by the Pennsylvania Public Health Association (PPHA) and the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health (PORH). This conference highlighted community and public health issues and initiatives for diverse and underserved populations. Presentations from our speakers will be uploaded soon, please check back! For more information, contact Terri Klinefelter, Outreach Coordinator at 814-863-8214 or

PORH Magazine

PORH Fall 2015 Magazine Front Cover

Fall 2015

  • Standardizing Community Health Worker Practice, Policy, and Payment
  • Curbing Medicare Fraud
  • Defeating Lyme Disease in Pennsylvania
  • A Medical Student’s Perspective On Medical Training
  • Pennsylvania’s Critical Access Hospital Program Receives National Award
  • Heroin Addiction: A Growing Problem in Rural Pennsylvania
  • Access to Tobacco Cessation Programs in Pennsylvania Only a Fax Away
  • Penn State Extension Program Encourages Walking for Wellness

For Information Contact:

Lisa Davis, Director and Outreach Associate Professor of Health Policy and Administration
Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health
310 Nursing Sciences Building
University Park, PA 16802