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.

Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health Presents Undergraduate Student Achievement Award

Amelia Browning, a Schreyer Honors College undergraduate student in the Penn State Department of Health Policy and Administration (HPA), received the 2017 Jennifer S. Cwynar Community Achievement Award.

The award was presented on April 12, during the Annual Stanley P. Mayers Endowed Lecture at Penn State University Park.  Lisa Davis, director of the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health (PORH) and outreach associate professor of HPA, presented the award. Read More>>


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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.


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.

PORH Magazine

PORH Magazine Fall 2016 cover

PORH Magazine - Fall 2016

  • 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