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About Us

The mission of the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services is, in collaboration with our partners, to protect the health and safety of all North Carolinians and provide essential human services.

In 1973, the Office of Rural Health and Community Care (ORHCC) was created within the Department of Health and Human Services by Governor Jim Holshouser. At its inception, the Office was charged with assisting underserved communities by creating and supporting a network of rural health centers across the state. Since then, the Office has expanded to empowering communities and populations by developing innovative strategies to improve access, quality, and cost-effectiveness of health care for all. The Office of Rural Health and Community Care provides services in every county in North Carolina and currently, supports rural health centers with funding and technical support. ORHCC also helps to place medical, psychiatric, and dental providers in communities throughout the state. Rural hospitals, as well as many statewide medical facilities that treat poor and uninsured residents, may receive help through grant funds. Qualifying patients may take advantage of drug companies’ free and low-cost drug programs through ORHCC’s medication assistance program.

 

 

 

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