The Office of Primary Care and Rural Health (OPCRH) has been in existence since 1991, and is the major health resource for Utah's rural, multicultural and underserved communities.
OPCRH coordinates federal, state, and local efforts aimed at improving the health of Utah's rural, medically underserved, and multicultural residents. OPCRH works with Utah’s urban and rural communities, agencies and organizations to recruit health care professionals, identify sources of funding, and to implement other projects related to decreasing disparity and increasing access to primary health care.
OPCRH administers the following programs and grants:
- The Primary Care Office (PCO) coordinates local, state and federal resources to improve primary care access and health professional workforce availability for underserved populations.
- The State Office of Rural Health (SORH) is a federal-state partnership to help rural communities build their health care services through public and private partnerships and initiatives in rural health development.
- The Rural Hospital Flexibility Program (FLEX) provides funding to encourage quality and performance improvement activities, stabilize rural hospital finance, and integrate emergency medical services (EMS) into health care systems.
- The Small Rural Hospital Improvement Program (SHIP) provides funding to support small rural hospitals with value-based purchasing and implementation of prospective payment systems.
- The State Primary Care Grants Program for Medically Underserved Populations increases access to appropriate, high quality, and cost-effective primary health care for Utah’s low-income populations who are uninsured or underinsured.
- The Assistance for Persons with Bleeding Disorders Program assists with the cost of obtaining hemophilia services or the cost of insurance premiums for coverage of hemophilia services.