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    Maryland State Office of Rural Health​

    The mission of the Maryland State Office of Rural Health (SORH) is to help improve the quality of health among rural Marylanders by developing strong partnerships; building local resources; promoting relevant state and national rural health policies; and supporting efforts to expand healthcare access. Maryland SORH implements these three goals: 

    1) Serve as a focal point and state clearinghouse for collection and dissemination of information regarding rural health care issues, research findings, and innovative  approaches to the delivery of health care in rural areas;  

    2) Provide coordination of rural health programming across the state and in identified  areas such as diabetes, substance use, and workforce development to avoid redundancy  of efforts among public health and health care entities; and  

    3) Deliver technical assistance to rural-serving public and non-profit private entities to build capacity to access state and federal resources.  

    The Maryland SORH is federally funded by the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration’s Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) and serves as one of the country’s 50 SORHs.  

    Rural Maryland

    The State of Maryland recognizes 18 of its 24 jurisdictions as rural. Maryland’s rural counties include:

    Allegany, Calvert, Caroline, Carroll, Cecil, Charles, Dorchester, Frederick, Garrett, Harford, Kent, Queen Anne’s, Somerset, St. Mary’s, Talbot, Washington, Wicomico, and Worcester

    25% of Maryland's residents live in rural Maryland. Maryland's rural communities face unique healthcare concerns that include a lack of healthcare providers and difficulty accessing those providers due to transportation and technology barriers. Rural hospitals and health care providers, which frequently are the economic backbone of the communities they serve, deserve special consideration so that they can continue to provide high-quality services and meet the needs of rural residents. 


                                                SORH Programs               News & Resources​        Funding Opportunities

    Where can I learn more?


    Sara Seitz, MPH


    Maryland State Office of Rural Health

    Maryland Department of Health

    201 W. Preston Street

    Baltimore, MD 21201

    Phone: 410-767- 4467


    Last updated: 2023 May 11

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    New funding opportunities shared: Click here! 

    Maryland Statewide Telehealth ​Interest Group ​

    Join Zoom Meeting. Friday, July 14, 2023​· 12:00 – 1:00 pm​
    Meeting ID: 813 3850 1705
    Passcode: 081449​

    See the analysis and Infographicshere!

    The NHSC New Site application is open now through June 22, 11:59 p.m. ET.

    Eligible healthcare facilities can apply to become National Health Service Corps (NHSC)-approved sites. NHSC-approved sites provide outpatient, comprehensive primary health care services to people in Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs). NHSC-approved sites are an incentive to recruit and hire new clinicians and keep current staff. Eligible practitioners employed at an NHSC-approved site are eligible for loan repayment and scholarship programs.​ For more details click here.


    Since 2010, the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health, the 50 State Offices of Rural Health, and rural health stakeholders from across the country have set aside the third Thursday of November to celebrate National Rural Health Day (NRHD) and promote the “Power of Rural,” bringing much-needed attention to the ongoing efforts to communicate, educate, collaborate, and innovate to improve the health of an estimated 57 million rural Americans. To learn more click here​.