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.

Improving Oral Health

MORE Care program

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.


National State Office of Rural Health Program Celebrates 25 Years

Federally funded since 1991, the State Offices of Rural Health grant program is celebrating its 25th Anniversary year.  The State Offices of Rural Health program is a federal-state partnership that helps rural communities build their health care services through collaborations and initiatives with a wide range of partners across the state. The State Offices are charged with being a source of coordination, technical assistance, and networking; partnership development; and assisting in the recruitment and retention of health care providers.  There are 50 State Offices of Rural Health in the nation, one in every state.

Click here for a video celebrating the State Office of Rural Health Program!

Now Accepting Nominations for the 2016 Rural Health Awards

The Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health is pleased to announce the invitation of nominations for the 2016 Rural Health Awards! The 2016 Rural Health Awards will be presented in the honoree's community during the week of National Rural Health Day, November 14, 2016. Read More>>

PORH Magazine

PORH Magazine Spring 2016 cover

PORH Magazine - Spring 2016

  • Navigating the Insurance Marketplace and Enrolling in Medicaid
  • Reducing Food Waste
  • 2015 Rural Health Award Winners
  • Addressing Rural Population Health Through a Web-based Portal
  • National Rural Assistance Center Updates

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