Programs

The Small Rural Hospital Improvement Grant Program (SHIP) provides funding to small rural hospitals to help them pay for costs related to the implementation of PPS, comply with provisions of HIPAA, reduce medical errors, and support quality improvement.

The Kentucky State Loan Repayment Program is a 50/50 matching program that increases availability of primary health care services through repayment of education loans to eligible health professionals practicing in Health Professional Shortage Areas.

Kentucky’s Rural Hospital Flexibility Program endeavors to stabilize the smallest and most vulnerable rural hospitals, and to improve access to hospital-based care for rural populations. The grant program allows small hospitals the flexibility to reconfigure operations and be licensed as Critical Access Hospitals in order to receive cost (+1%) based reimbursement.

Critical Access Substance Abuse Project (CASAP) is a new funding opportunity through HRSA’s Federal Office of Rural Health Policy to provide support to 40 Critical Access Hospitals nationwide who serve rural communities with high rates of poverty, unemployment, and substance abuse. The KORH has identified 9 critical access hospitals in Kentucky that meet these criteria and will be facilitating the project across those 9 communities.

The National Health Service Corps (NHSC) is a competitive Federal program that awards scholarships to students in return for a commitment to provide care in underserved communities. The program pays tuition and fees and provides a living stipend to students enrolled in accredited medical (M.D. or D.O.), dental, nurse practitioner, certified nurse midwife, or physician assistant training.