Rural Health Centers

What We Do

Rural Health Centers offer high quality primary health care services to all residents.

  • Rural Health Centers are located in communities that are medically underserved.
  • All Rural Health Centers accept Medicaid, Medicare and private insurance.
  • The organization operating the Rural Health Center and applying for state funding must be a 501(c) 3 non-profit community owned organization.
  • If you do not have health insurance or cannot afford medical care, you may qualify for the Office of Rural Health’s (ORH) Medical Access Plan (MAP) at a Rural Health Center.
    • MAP eligibility is based on income
    • MAP patients pay a co-payment and ORH pays the difference for each office visit up to $100

Rural Health Centers Program Profile

How does ORH Support Rural Health Centers?

ORH was instrumental in the creation of this network of community-owned, non-profit health centers that serve vulnerable populations. Without support from ORH, many patients would lose local access to quality primary healthcare. This effort greatly decreases patient dependency on emergency departments, which carries a much greater cost. ORH assists these centers through grant funding, technical assistance and community development.

Grant Opportunities

Current grant opportunities

State Fiscal Year 2019 State Designated Rural Health Centers in North Carolina

The NC Office of Rural Health supported 14 organizations across all rural areas of the state in SFY 2019

Additional Resources

National Rural Health Resource Center
HRSA Federal Office of Rural Health
Rural Health Research Gateway


North Carolina Rural Health Center Program
Office of Rural Health
2009 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699

Dorothea Brock
Program Manager
919 527-6477

Monifa Charles
919 527-6474