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The Office of Rural Health Policy (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 Department of Health and Human Services on matters affecting rural hospitals, and health care, co-ordinating activities within the department that relate to rural health care, and maintaining a national information clearinghouse. [text of the authorizing legislation.] The Office works both within government at federal, state and local levels, and with the private sector -- with associations, foundations, providers and community leaders -- to seek solutions to rural health care problems. In particular the Office:

The Office's Annual Report is available on the Web. html file , pdf file (768 kb)


The Office of Rural Health Policy is staffed by professionals with a wide variety of experience and knowledge in health care policy, research and delivery.


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