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.
Gov. Tom Wolf proclaims Nov. 16-20 Rural Health in Pennsylvania Week
In an effort to draw attention to the wide range of issues that impact rural health, Nov. 16-20, 2015, has been declared Rural Health in Pennsylvania week by Gov. Tom Wolf. The request for the proclamation was made by the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health (PORH). Gov. Wolf made the proclamation to promote awareness of the full range of issues that impact rural health care throughout the Commonwealth and the health status of rural Pennsylvanians.
Rural communities are wonderful places to live and work, which is why nearly 62 million people – including 3.5 million Pennsylvanians – call them home. These small towns, farming communities and frontier areas are places where neighbors know each other, listen to each other, respect each other and work together to benefit the greater good.
However, these communities also face a host of unique health care challenges. Today more than ever, rural communities must address accessibility issues, a lack of health care providers, the needs of an aging population, and larger percentages of un- and underinsured residents. Rural health care providers and delivery systems, meanwhile, face declining reimbursement rates and disproportionate funding levels that make it challenging to meet the needs of their residents.
To bring light to these challenges – and to honor the selfless, community-minded “can do” spirit that prevails in rural America – the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) sets aside the third Thursday of every November – November 19th, 2015 – to celebrate National Rural Health Day. Events across the United States showcase the efforts of rural health care providers; State Offices of Rural Health; and community, state, and national rural health advocates in addressing those challenges.
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Real Doc Hollywoods and Community Stars
As a way to honor rural health care providers and the generous community-minded spirit of rural America, the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) and the fifty State Offices of Rural Health (SORHs) celebrated the 5th Annual National Rural Health Day on Thursday, November 19, 2015. NOSORH published Real Doc Hollywoods and Community Stars to highlight just a few of the health care providers and programs around the country who have made a positive impact on health in their local community. Fulton County Medical Center in McConnellsburg, Pennsylvania and Project Bald Eagle of Lycoming County, Pennsylvania were recognized as "Community Stars."
The Jennifer S. Cwynar Rural Health Undergraduate Summer Internship Program
The Jennifer S. Cwynar Rural Health Undergraduate Summer Internship Program is named in memory of Jennifer S. Cwynar, a 2008 graduate of the undergraduate program in health policy and administration at The Pennsylvania State University, who served as PORH’s intern in the summer of 2008. Cwynar died on January 6, 2010. The Jennifer S. Cwynar Rural Health Undergraduate Internship Program exposes Penn State undergraduate students to the unique health care access, affordability, and quality issues facing rural Pennsylvanians. The internship gives students the opportunity to research rural health policy and legislation; assist with the planning of statewide continuing education events; participate in meetings with key state, regional, and national rural health policymakers and stakeholders; and pursue self-directed interests that further their educational and professional goals. Because of a generous financial contribution given by the Cwynar family, PORH offers an “externship experience” to the office’s intern
PORH accepts application for the internship program in January-February of each year. To inquire about an internship opportunity, please forward during that timeframe a cover letter and resume to Lisa Davis, Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Interviews for selected candidates are held in March and April of each year and the successful applicant selected by April. The internship commences in May and continues for 10 weeks.
Jennifer S. Cwynar Community Achievement Award
The Jennifer S. Cwynar Community Achievement Award recognizes community achievement by a Department of Health Policy and Administration student in the College of Health and Human Development who has demonstrated service and commitment to a community or an underserved population(s), preferably, but not exclusively, in a rural area of Pennsylvania.
The award is established in memory of Jennifer S. Cwynar, a 2008 graduate of Health Policy and Administration and a 2008 undergraduate intern at the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health. The award is given in recognition of Jennifer’s commitment to community service, advocacy for underserved and rural populations, and focus on public health and is awarded to a senior undergraduate Health Policy and Administration student who has advanced those commitments and to encourage and foster personal and professional development.
This award will be given to one baccalaureate degree or integrated undergraduate/graduate student in the Department of Health Policy and Administration in the College of Health and Human Development. Candidates must: 1. have at least seventh semester standing by spring semester of 2016, and 2. have maintained at least a 3.00 grade point average.
For more information, contact Lisa Davis, Director of the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health, at 814-863-8214 or to email@example.com.
Spring 2015 Magazine
We are pleased to present our Spring 2015 Magazine.
- Raising Awareness about Oral Health
- Pennsylvania Department of Health Strives to Decrease Obesity, Diabetes, Heart Disease, and Associated Chronic Conditions
- PORH Director Receives National Award
- A Medical Student’s Perspective
- Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health Presents 2014 State Rural Health Awards
- Penn State’s Worker Protection Standard Specialist Helps Growers Keep Workers Safe
- Building Stonger Rural Communities in Pennsylvania: Resources for Non-profit Health Care Providers
- Penn State Extension-Health Care Partnerships Lead to Positive Outcomes for Rural Pennsylvanians
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 Healthy Communities Institute brings an easily-accessible platform to launch and evaluate population health efforts.
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