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.

Grants Technical Assistance Workshop on Community-Based Funding Opportunities Scheduled

October 20, 2015

9:00 AM – 1:30 PM

Toftrees Golf Resort and Conference Center, State College, PA

The Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health is offering a Grants Technical Assistance workshop. This workshop, presented by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP), is designed to educate rural health providers and advocates about FORHP's upcoming community-based grant funding opportunities, encourage organizations to apply for these funds and increase organizations' capacities in obtaining future grant funds made available through FORHP.

For more information and to register, please visit the workshop website.

For more information, contact PORH Outreach Coordinator Terri Klinefelter at 814-863-8214 or

Register NOW for Swimming Pool Pesticide Applicator Training Courses

Swimming Pool Pesticide Applicators Training - Registration OPEN for Fall Classes!

Tyrone Regional Health Network and Penn State Health Sign Letter of Intent

Tyrone Regional Hospital

Tyrone Regional Health Network and Penn State Health have signed a letter of intent to enter into formal affiliation. With approval by organizational boards and state authorities, Tyrone Regional will become a member of Penn State Health.

The affiliation will bring together a community-based healthcare network with a reputation for high-quality care and excellent customer service with a high-performing university health system to provide increased access to a wider range of services for residents of the Northern Blair County area.

Read the Tyrone Regional Health Network Letter of Intent News Release from July 20, 2015.

PORH Announces Spring 2015 Magazine

Magazine Cover

We are pleased to present our
Spring 2015 Magazine.

Continuing Education and Outreach

Rural Health Continuing Education Programs focus on a wide range of topics important to rural health advocates, including rural migrant and immigrant health, leadership and management skills, community health needs assessments, program evaluation, grant writing technical assistance, and more. PORH also offers the Swimming Pool Pesticide Applicators Certification and Recertification Training Program in partnership with the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, which trains swimming pool pesticide applicators in the safe application of pesticides at public bathing places.

Hospital and Healthsystem Initiatives

PORH leads the federal Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Program in Pennsylvania which assists the state’s smallest rural hospitals, Critical Access Hospitals, with quality improvement, financial and operational improvement, and support for health system development and community engagement. PORH also administers the federal Small Rural Hospital Improvement Program which provides support to the state’s small rural hospitals with activities related to quality improvement and investments towards meaningful use of health information technology

Agricultural Safety and Health

The Pennsylvania Rural Health Farm Worker Protection Safety Program provides technical and compliance assistance to agricultural producers and their employees in understanding and complying with the requirements of the Federal Environmental Protection Agency Worker Protection Standard, with a special focus on Anabaptist populations and migrant farm workers. Links to university-based, state, and national agricultural safety and health programs also are available.

National Rural Health Day

In collaboration with the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health, PORH celebrates National Rural Health Day during the third week of November. State Offices of Rural Health and their partners showcase rural America and highlight the efforts of the State Offices of Rural Health, and others in addressing the unique health care needs of rural communities. Join us in celebrating the Power of Rural!

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