Office of Rural Health Policy

The National Center for Rural Health Works is currently funded by the Office of Rural Health Policy (ORHP), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), United States Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

ORHP promotes better health care service in rural America. Established in August 1987 by the Administration, the Office was subsequently authorized by Congress in December 1987 and located in the Health Resources and Services Administration. Congress charged the Office with informing and advising the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on matters affecting rural hospitals and health care, coordinating activities within the department that relate to rural health care, and maintaining a national information clearinghouse. The office works within government at federal, state and local levels, with the private sector, and with associations, foundations, providers and community leaders to seek solutions to rural health care problems.