The California State Office of Rural Health (CalSORH) serves to link rural communities with state and federal resources and collaborates with statewide rural health associations and other public and private agencies to promote rural health services. CalSORH also provides structure for the Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility/Critical Access Hospital (FLEX/CAH) Program, Small Rural Hospital Improvement Program (SHIP), and J-1 Visa Waiver Programs.
- News & Updates
- Resources & Information
- News and Updates
- Loan Repayment Forgiveness Program
- ORHP Grants and Other Funding Sources
- CalSORH Work Force Programs
- Health Professional Shortage Area and Medically Underserved Area/Population (HPSA,MUA/P)
- Additional CalSORH Resources
- Program Contacts
News & Updates
Rural Health Updates & Resources
- Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy
View the latest announcements from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP).
- HPSA & MUA/P
Health Professional Shortage Area and Medically Underserved Area/Population
- Needs Assessment Methodologies in Determining Treatment Capacity for Substance Use Disorders: Final Report
Needs Assessment Methodologies in Determining Treatment Capacity for Substance Use Disorders: Final Report Presents the results from an environmental scan reviewing the literature on needs assessment methods and substance use disorder (SUD) needs assessment reports representing diverse interests, including rural and urban areas, researchers, government agencies, and private consultants. Highlights best practices for conducting SUD needs assessments, identifies gaps and opportunities for improvement in the available data, and discusses why SUD needs assessments are necessary. Sponsoring organizations: Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, Office of Disability, Aging and Long-Term Care Policy, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Date: 09/2019
- Emergency Broadband Benefit Program
Health care providers, grantees and partners have an exciting opportunity to help spread the word and begin planning for an upcoming program that helps patients and households obtain internet access to connect with virtual health care, jobs, and education. Beginning around late April 2021, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) will make $3.2 billion available to qualifying households to lower the cost of high-speed internet service and provide discounts on internet service bills and an opportunity for a computer or tablet. The EBB program is similar to the Lifeline program with expanded eligibility, vendors, and subsidies.
- “CDC Opioid Guideline—Implementation Guide for Electronic Health Records.”
- Rural Hospital Guide to Improving Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
- Steven M. Thompson Physician Corps Loan Repayment Program (STLRP)
The Steven M. Thompson Physician Corps Loan Repayment Program (STLRP) encourages recently licensed physicians and surgeons to practice in Health Professional Shortage Areas – Primary Care (HPSA-PC) and Primary Care Shortage Areas (PCSA) in California. The program repays up to $105,000 in educational loans in exchange for full-time service for a minimum of three (3) years. If you are an allopathic (MD) or osteopathic (DO) physician working in a HPSA-PC and PCSA in California, have outstanding educational debt, and meet other important application criteria related to cultural and linguistic competency, you may be eligible to apply. Please carefully review the eligibility guidelines for the program to which you are interested in applying. STLRP is highly competitive and not all who apply are awarded.
- Behavioral Health Pilot Project (BHPP)
The state legislature appropriated funds for DHCS to establish the BHPP to expand the California Bridge Program initiated under the MAT Expansion Project to further develop Emergency Department-based behavioral health services in California’s acute care hospitals. The BHPP provides funding for behavioral health counselors (otherwise known as substance use navigators or “SUNs” in the CA Bridge Program) in hospital emergency departments (EDs). If you are currently receiving funding from CA Bridge, this is an opportunity to secure funding to sustain your SUN. If you do not currently have a program through CA Bridge, this funding will provide a foundation for the program by placing a counselor (SUN) in the ED to work with individuals with substance use disorder.
- Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Information – Federal Office of Rural Health Policy
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Training and Technical Assistance Related to COVID-19
- The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology – June 30, 2020 Final Rule
Standardized set of health data classes and constituent data elements for nationwide, interoperable health information exchange. It replaces the Common Clinical Data Set
- The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Innovation Center is announcing a new Model, the Community Health Access and Rural Transformation (CHART)
- 3RNET Recruiting for Retention Academy
- COVID-19 Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities
Explore CDC’s new web resources on COVID-19 Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities. Learn how conditions in the places where people live, learn, work, play, and worship affect who’s more likely to get COVID-19. Use interactive data and peer-reviewed literature to explore how COVID-19 shows up among racial and ethnic minority groups.
Resources & Information
Please note: the resources provided on this page lead to external, non-OSHPD websites.
News and Updates
- Rural Health Information Hub (RHIhub)
- Rural Recruitment and Retention Network (3R Net)
- California Hospital Association (CHA)
- California Primary Care Association Newsletter
- Rural Health Monitor Newsletter
- California State Rural Health Association
- California State Legislative Bill Office
- California Association of Rural Health Clinics
- National Association of Rural Health Clinics
- National Association of Community Health Clinics
- Center for Connected Health Policy
- Rural Health Research Gateway
Loan Repayment Forgiveness Program
California State Loan Repayment Program
Through the funding from the National Health Service Corp. (NHSC), the State Loan Repayment Program (SLRP) is responsible for repaying educational loans of primary care providers. Eligible providers include medical doctors of osteopathy in family practices, general internal medicine, general pediatrics, and OB/GYN. Also eligible are physician assistants, nurse practitioners, certified nurse-midwives, general practice dentists (DDS or DMD), psychiatrists, clinical or counseling psychologists, social workers, marriage and family counselors, mental health counselors, and licensed professional counselors.
ORHP Grants and Other Funding Sources
California State Rural Health Association (CSRHA)
The CSRHA links together rural individuals and organizations to facilitate information exchange, collaboration, and advocacy and to promote rural health communities.
Rural Health Information Hub (RHIhub)
The Rural Health Information Hub (RHIhub) is the nation’s rural health information source. Website offers online library, coverage of rural issues, state guides, toolkits, program models, and more. Provides customized assistance by phone or email. Funded by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy.
Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC)
The Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) administers the Universal Service Fund (USF), which provides communities across the country with affordable telecommunication services.
USDA Notice of Funds Availability (NOFA) – Rural Broadband Access Loan and Loan Guarantee Program
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development announced this week that USDA is accepting applications for the Rural Broadband Access Loan and Loan Guarantee Program for FY 2017. Applications will be accepted until September 30, 2017 under this window. The Rural Broadband Access Loan and Loan Guarantee Program furnishes loans and loan guarantees to provide funds for the costs of construction, improvement, or acquisition of facilities and equipment needed to provide service at the broadband lending speed as outlined in the Federal Register. Applicants are encouraged to review the online FY 2017 application guide as found in the Code of Federal Regulations, 7 CFR part 1738. More information on how to apply for funding is available on page 34473 of the July 25th Federal Register.
OSHPD Scholarships, Loan Repayment Programs, and Grants for Organizations
The Song-Brown program provides support funding to family practice, family nurse practitioner and physician assistant training programs. Funding is not provided to individual students that have been accepted into any of the training programs funded by Song-Brown.
State Loan Repayment Program (SLRP)
Through funding by the National Health Service Corp (NHSC), the State Loan Repayment Program (SLRP) is responsible for repaying educational loans of primary care providers.
Health Professions Foundation
Health Professions Foundation is a nonprofit 501 (c) 3 corporation. The mission of the Foundation is to increase the supply of healthcare providers who are willing to practice in underserved areas of California. The Foundation accomplishes its mission by awarding scholarships and educational loan repayment grants to health professional students and recent graduates who are committed to practicing in rural and urban underserved areas.
CalSORH Work Force Programs
Rural Recruitment and Retention Network (3RNet)
This site is for health professionals who are interested in working with the 3R Net in securing an opportunity. Anyone using this information in a fraudulent fashion or for personal profit will be investigated.
Health Professions Education Foundation
Health Professions Education Foundation is a nonprofit 501 (c) 3 corporation. The mission of the Foundation is to increase the supply of healthcare providers who are willing to practice in underserved areas of California. The Foundation accomplishes its mission by awarding scholarships and educational loan repayment grants to health professional students and recent graduates who are committed to practicing in rural and urban underserved areas.
Health Professional Shortage Area and Medically Underserved Area/Population (HPSA,MUA/P)
Health Professions Education Foundation – Medically Underserved
The Health Professions Education foundation provides steps to determine if a practice is designated a Medically Underserved Area (MUA) or Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA).
Additional CalSORH Resources
- Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
- Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO)
- Bureau of Primary Health Care (BPHC)
- California Hospital Association (CHA)California Primary Care Association (CPCA)
- California State Rural Health Association (CSRHA)
- Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA)
- Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
- National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH)
- National Rural Health Association (NRHA)
- National Rural Health Resource Center (NRHRC)
- Office of Binational Border Health
- Office of Rural Health Policy (ORHP)
- Rural Health Information Hub (RHIhub)
- Rural Health Research Centers Program
- Rural Information Center Health Services (RICHS)
- Rural Policy Research Institute (RUPRI)
- Centers for Disease Control COVID-19: Rural Communities
You may directly contact the California State Office of Rural Health (CalSORH) for assistance.