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The Office of Rural Health and Community Care (ORHCC) empowers communities and populations by developing innovative strategies to improve access, quality, and cost-effectiveness of health care for all. Currently, the Office has 45 employees and administers eight programs. In SFY 2013, the Office spent $36.5 million from state, federal, and philanthropic sources (55%, 35% and 10% of the annual budget, respectively) and generates over 400 contracts to support our North Carolina communities.

The importance of the Office of Rural Health and Community Care to North Carolina
Lack of medical insurance, rising health costs, and scarcity of services in some areas contribute to approximately 4.5 million people without adequate health care in North Carolina. ORHCC assists the uninsured and underserved through the following programs:

  • Medical Placement Services attracts medical, dental, and psychiatric health professionals to North Carolina’s underserved areas by means of a student loan repayment program and other incentives.
  • Rural Health Operations create access for uninsured, Medicaid, and Medicare residents by providing capital grants, indigent care reimbursement, and technical assistance.
  • Community Health Grants increase access to or expand services to the medically indigent.
  • NC Farmworker Health Program provides medical and dental services to members of the North Carolina agricultural labor force and their families.
  • The Rural Hospital Program funds operational improvement projects for the benefit of all critical access hospitals and select small rural hospitals in NC.
  • Medication Assistance provides free and low-cost medications donated by pharmaceutical manufacturers to patients who cannot afford them.
  • HealthNet provides quality health care via a “medical home” model by partnering with the Community Care of North Carolina (CCNC) network providers and health care safety net organizations.
  • The CHIPRA Quality Demonstration Grant, an enhancement to Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (CHIPRA), identifies strategies for improving the quality of healthcare for children.
  • Rural HIE supports rural communities in building technology infrastructure in order to promote connectivity, broadband access and meaningful use. In SFY 2014 ORHCC will support a tele-medicine initiative to provide psychiatric services.

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Behavioral Health Access Plan For The Uninsured (BHAP)

Press Release:Telepsychiatry Showing Promise

Press Release:DHHS Recruits Record Number of Primary Care Providers to Rural North Carolina

If you are a physician, dentist, or psychiatric provider looking to practice in rural N.C., please complete our interview form.

Are you a physician, dentist, or psychiatric provider looking for placement incentive options in N.C.? Read about our Loan Repayment Programs.

Practice Sites and Communities: Click here if you are a North Carolina community that needs a primary care physician or provider, psychiatrist, dentist or dental hygienist; we can help you find them.

Funding Opportunities: If you are a nonprofit organization that is working on an RFA for funding with our Office, please complete the Annual Certified Contractor Documents.

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