About KORH

The core functions of the KORH are as follows:

  • Collection and dissemination of information
  • Coordination of rural health resources and activities statewide
  • Provision of technical assistance
  • Encourage recruitment and retention of health professionals in rural areas
  • Participate in strengthening State, Local and Federal partnerships

Location

The Center of Excellence in Rural Health serves as the federally designated Kentucky Office of Rural Health, located in a rural area within the Appalachian mountains of southeastern Kentucky. The Kentucky Office of Rural Health performs the duties prescribed by the United States Health Resources and Services Administration.

State Offices of Rural Health are authorized by Section 338J of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C.254r) and is a Federal-State partnership that funds a grantee in each of the 50 States. Each State Office is a member of the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH). The members of NOSORH strive to develop increased communication and involvement with one another to build strong relationships with other health care groups.

What We Do

The Kentucky Office of Rural Health provides a framework for linking small rural communities with state and federal resources while working toward long-term solutions to rural health issues.
This is some of the work we do:

  • Direct the coordination of efforts across the state to improve rural health.
  • Participate in statewide planning efforts and policy analysis specific to rural health.
  • Monitor and evaluate changing federal and state policies that impact state and local rural health programs.
  • Act as a liaison between Federal/State agencies on local, state and national rural health issues.
  • Direct the maintenance and dissemination of rural health information to increase awareness and understanding of issues.
  • Recommend actions to facilitate rural health program development and implementation.
  • Assist with grant application development and review.
  • Strengthen state and federal partnerships.
  • Search for new ways to help recruit and retain high-quality health professionals in rural areas.
  • Provide health and data resources.

For additional information you can contact Ernie Scott or Alice Combs at the address listed below.

Kentucky Office of Rural Health
750 Morton Blvd.
Hazard, KY 41701
606-439-3557