State Office of Rural Health (SORH)
The Office of Primary Care and Rural Health is the federally designated State Office of Rural Health (SORH) through a federally funded grant from the Office of Rural Health Policy, Health Resources and Services Administration, United States Department of Health and Human Services. The SORH matching grant program began in 1991 and has accomplished the creation of state offices in all 50 states. Each office's mission is to help their individual rural communities build health care delivery systems.
The purpose of the State Offices of Rural Health (SORH) program is to assist Utah in strengthening rural health care delivery systems by maintaining a focal point for rural health. The program provides funding for an institutional framework that links small rural communities with State and Federal resources to help develop long term solutions to rural health problems. more…
Authorizing legislature provides that each SORH conduct the following activities:
- Establish and maintain within the State a clearinghouse for collection and disseminating information on rural health care issues; research findings relating to rural health care; and innovative approaches to the delivery of health care in rural areas.
- Coordinate the activities carried out in the State that relate to rural health care.
- Identify Federal, State, and nongovernmental programs regarding rural health, and provide technical assistance to public and nonprofit private entities regarding participation in such programs. Strengthen Federal, State, and partnerships in rural health and promote recruitment and retention of a competent health care workforce.
The Utah SORH seeks to improve the quality of, and access to health care for the citizens of rural Utah. The SORH resources and activities including the following:
- Information clearinghouse, including publications, webinars, and presentations
- Community health needs assessment
- Technical assistance to rural communities
- Support the Rural Health Association of Utah
- Provider recruitment and retention
- Rural health policy development
- Partnership with Utah Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) to develop statewide Utah Telehealth Network
- Management of Utah's Rural Hospital Flexibility Program
- Membership in National Rural Health Association the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health and the 3RNet
- Collaboration on grants and other projects with other entities including: