In 1973, the North Carolina Office of Rural Health (ORH) became the first state office in the nation created to focus on the needs of rural and underserved communities. ORH continues to empower communities and populations by developing strategies to improve quality and cost-effectiveness of health care for all. While we do not provide direct care, our programs support numerous health care Safety Net organizations throughout North Carolina.

Additional Information:

ORH Programs

Provider Recruitment and Placement

Rural Health Grant Opportunities

ORH Health Newsletters

ORH Health Statistics and Data

Safety Net Resources

ORH History


Additional Resources:

Foundation for Health Leadership and Innovation

Health Resources and Services Administration Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health

National Rural Health Association

North Carolina Association of Free and Charitable Clinics

North Carolina Community Health Center Association

North Carolina Public Health Association

Rural Health Information Hub


Provider Recruitment and Placement

National Health Service Corps

North Carolina Academy of Family Physicians

North Carolina Dental Society

North Carolina Medical Society

North Carolina Pediatric Society

North Carolina Psychiatric Association

National Rural Recruitment and Retention Network


Statewide Telepsychiatry Program

East Carolina Center for Telepsychiatry and e-Behavioral Health

North Carolina Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services


Rural Health Centers

National Rural Health Resource Center

North Carolina Tracks Help Desk


NC Rural Hospital Program

The North Carolina Hospital Association

The Technical Assistance Services Center


North Carolina Farmworker Health Program

Map of North Carolina Farmworker Health Program sites and Migrant Health Centers

Migrant Clinicians Network

North Carolina Farmworker Health Program


Integrated Health Systems

Community Care of North Carolina

North Carolina Get Covered

North Carolina Pediatric Society Fostering Health


Health Statistics and Data

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS Data)

Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Performance Measures

National Quality Forum

Rural Health Information Hub (RHI-Hub)