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Montana Office of Rural Health

Dedicated to improving access to quality health care for rural Montana by providing collaborative leadership and resources to healthcare and community organizations

State Offices of Rural Health
The Federal Office of Rural Health Policy was established in 1987.  The Office of Rural Health Policy coordinates activities related to rural health care within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.    Since 1991, the Office of Rural Health Policy has awarded and administered grants to each of the 50 states through the State Offices of Rural Health (SORH) grant program.  The SORH program is a federal-state partnership to help rural communities build their health services through public and private partnerships and initiatives in rural health development.  The SORH grant program is authorized by Section 338J of the Public Health Service Act, 42 U.S.C. 254r.

Montana Office of Rural Health
Development of the Montana Office of Rural Health (MORH) was started in 1987 in partnership with the Montana Area Health Education Center (Montana AHEC). On April 30, 1991, Governor Stan Stephens designated Montana State University as the state entity to submit the Montana application for federal funding through the SORH grant program. In 1991, the MORH received federal funding through the SORH grant program. On March 19, 1992, the Board of Regents of the Montana University System recognized the designation of the MORH as a program of Montana State University.

The mission of the MORH is "to serve its communities through: (1) collecting and disseminating information within the state, (2) improving recruitment and retention of health professionals into rural areas, (3) providing technical assistance to attract more federal, state, and foundation funding for rural health, and (4) coordinating rural health interests and activities across the state."

All of the SORH are required to conduct activities which will accomplish three core and two additional functions:

  • Establish and maintain a State clearinghouse for collecting and disseminating information on rural health care issues, research findings related to rural health care, and innovative approaches to the delivery of health care in rural areas.
  • Coordinate activities carried out in the state that relate to rural health care; including providing coordination to avoid duplication in such activities.
  • Identify Federal, State and nongovernmental programs regarding rural health and provide technical assistance to public and nonprofit entities regarding participation in such programs.
  • Encourage recruitment and retention of health professionals in rural areas.
  • Participate in strengthening State, local and Federal partnerships in rural health.

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Natalie Claiborne, Assistant Director

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