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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 health care 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 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 health care concerns that include lack of health care 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 January 18

    ​​​Announcements ​

    Marylan​d Statewide Telehealth ​Interest Group 

    Friday, January 6, 2023 12:00pm – 1:00pm

    Video call link: https://meet.google.com/szn-unec-pwg 

    Or dial: ‪(US) +1 347-509-8755‬ PIN: ‪474 299 929‬#​

    Call for Speaker Proposals:
    National Rural EMS & Care Conference 2023

    The National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH), the National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO), and the Joint Committee on Rural Emergency Care (JCREC) invite you to partner to bring meaningful education to the National Rural EMS & Care Conference in 2023. You’re invited to submit a proposal(s) to present rural innovations, research findings, model programs, resources, and projects to help EMS stakeholder attendees address the needs of rural communities to prepare for the future.

    Please click here ​to learn more and submit your speaker proposal.​

    All proposals are due by Friday, January 27th, 2023
    Submit an Abstract for a Poster Presentation for #MATRC2023

    Please join the 2023 HYBRID Mid-Atlantic Telehealth Resource Center (MATRC) Summit, March 15-17. Consider submitting an Abstract for Poster Presentation at matrcsummit.org​. Now more than ever, being engaged in telehealth research is a way to advance your telehealth care involvement. With the volume of healthcare practitioners who pivoted into telehealth in 2020, this is a great opportunity to present your data to examine aspects of telehealth.
    Abstracts submission for Poster Presentation for the 2023 MATRC Summit will be accepted until January 30th at 5 PM EST~ Mid-Atlantic Telehealth Resource Summit - Poster Session RFP (matrcsummit.org).

    Thriving In the Academics and Practice of Primary Care - 2023
    Leadership Hall: 685 W. Baltimore Street, Baltimore, MD 21201

    This event celebrates primary care at University of Maryland and Johns Hopkins University as well as around Baltimore and through-out Maryland. We will be focusing on provider stories, advocacy, and educational and scholarly progress in the field of primary care.
    At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be able to:
    - Describe and identify resources to address burnout and stress in a primary care setting
    - Implement strategies to maintain well-being while caring for others
    - Recognize the needs of primary care clinician learners, and provide assistance in their role as health care providers in training. To regi​ster online 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​.