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Rural Health

Contact the Office of Rural Health

  •  850-245-4009



    Mailing Address

    Office of Rural Health 

    4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin C15 

    Tallahassee, FL 32399-1735 


About the Office of Rural Health

The Florida State Office of Rural Health (SORH) works to improve access to quality health care services in rural and underserved areas in Florida.


  • Establish and maintain a clearinghouse for collecting and disseminating information on:
    • Rural health issues
    • Research findings relating to rural health care
    • Innovative approaches to healthcare delivery
    • Coordinate rural health activities in the state, including coordination to avoid duplication of services
    • Identify federal, state, and non-governmental rural health programs, and provide technical assistance to public and private entities


3RNET (National Rural Recruitment and Retention Network) - Help improve rural and underserved communities’ access to quality healthcare through:

  • Recruitment of physicians and other healthcare professionals
  • Development of community-based recruitment and retention activities

SHIP (Small Hospital Improvement Program) - Assist rural hospitals with 49 or fewer beds:

  • Comply with Medicare Prospective Payment System
  • Pay for costs related to system changes like value-based purchasing (VBP), accountable care organizations (ACO), and payment bundling
  • Small grants to 19 eligible hospitals

FLEX (Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility) Program - Funding for 13 small, rural hospitals with 25 or fewer beds designated as Critical Access Hospitals (CAH) to assist with:

  • Quality and performance improvement activities
  • Stabilizing hospital finances
  • Integrating emergency medical services (EMS) into healthcare systems


List of Florida's Rural Counties

Florida Rural Counties Map

Florida Health Finder

Florida Rural Health Association

Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

Contact Information

Florida Department of Health
Office of Rural Health
4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin C-15
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1735
PH: (850) 245-4009
FX: (850) 922-6296

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