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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Register today for Fall classes! We offer classes to get certified and classes to become recertified to maintain your license.
PORH and DentaQuest Institute have partnered to pilot the MORE Care (Medical, Oral Expanded Care) program. The goal of this partnership is to find solutions to the oral health disparities that exist within rural communities. Oral health will be introduced into primary care practices and dental referral networks will be built.
Pennsylvania Rural Health Model Aims to Help Rural Hospitals Improve Quality, Address Community Health Needs
The Pennsylvania Rural Health Model is a new model designed to improve health and health care in Pennsylvania. The Model seeks to increase rural Pennsylvanians’ access to high-quality care and improve their health, while also reducing the growth of hospital expenditures across payers, including Medicare, and increasing the financial viability of rural Pennsylvania hospitals to ensure continued access to care.
For more information, please visit https://innovation.cms.gov/initiatives/pa-rural-health-model/
Now Entering...Rural Pennsylvania
Come see what makes Rural Pennsylvania so extraordinary. This short program, produced over the course of two years or so, provides just a small glimpse of who we are. View the video here.
PORH Celebrates National Rural Health Day
See what Pennsylvanians have to say about rural health in celebration of the 6th Annual National Rural Health Day. View the video here.
- Lead Exposure in Children
- New PA Program to Help Curb Opioid Misuse
- Integrating Oral Health and Primary Care
- Dept of Health Publishes State Health Improvement Plan
- Valuing Vaccinations Across Generations
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