Rural Health Care Links
Am I Rural?
can be used to help determine whether a specific
location is considered rural based on various
definitions of rural, including definitions that are
used as eligibility criteria for federal programs.
The information provided by this service addresses
only the rural aspect of a program's requirements.
Your "Am I Rural?" report is not a guarantee of your
eligibility status. Please check with the program
contacts directly to verify your eligibility for
specific federal programs.
Rural Healthcare Facilities
UTMB Family Medicine Residency - Rural Training Track
Directed by Dr. Tricia Elliott.
Critical Access Hospital (CAH)
A Critical Access Hospital (CAH) is a hospital certified
to receive cost-based reimbursement from Medicare. The
reimbursement that CAHs receive is intended to improve
their financial performance and thereby reduce hospital
closures. Listing of
CAHs in Texas.
Rural Health Clinic (RHC)
A clinic certified to receive special Medicare and
Medicaid reimbursement. The purpose of the RHC program
is improving access to primary care in underserved rural
Rural Healthcare Organizations
Area Health Education Centers (AHEC)
A national non-profit organization that is both
federally and state funded. The AHEC specializes in
healthcare workforce development. The main link
above leads to the National AHEC website. For more
information on the Texas AHEC system, please visit one
of the following sites:
Texas AHEC East Program;
West Texas AHEC program;
South Texas AHEC Program.
Rural Assistance Center (RAC)
A product of the U.S. Department of Health and Human
Services’ Rural Initiative, the Rural Assistance Center
(RAC) was established in December 2002 as a rural health
and human services "information portal." RAC helps rural
communities and other rural stakeholders access the full
range of available programs, funding, and research that
can enable them to provide quality health and human
services to rural residents.
National Rural Health Association
An organization that brings together rural health care
professionals from around the country who are working
toward a common goal of improving the health of rural
Texas Rural Health Association
The Texas Rural Health Association is a
nonprofit organization whose primary goal is to improve the health of rural
Texans. The TRHA is composed of individuals and organizations dedicated to
providing leadership on rural health care issues through advocacy,
communication, and education.
State Office of Rural Health
The Texas State Office of Rural Health (SORH) joined the Texas Department of
Agriculture in October 2011. Dedicated to serving the health needs of rural
Texas, SORH staff work closely with local health care providers, county
leaders and state partners to support access to quality health care
for rural Texans. SORH works to assist rural health providers through a
variety of programs including technical assistance, grants and educational
awards that are available to individual clinicians, health care institutions
and other organizations.
Service Corps (NHSC)
Loan repayment is offered to physicians who are willing
to spend an allotted amount of time in an underserved
rural area in need of physicians. This link will
take you to information about this program.
The World of Rural Medical Education
Site author - Robert C. Bowman, M.D., Professor in
Family Medicine at ATSU School of Osteopathic Medicine
in Arizona. This site has links to many rural
health care related websites.