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Rural Health

Contact the Office of Rural Health

  •  850-245-4446



    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) exists to improve access to high quality health care services in Florida’s rural communities.

Responsibilities of the Florida Office of Rural Health

1. Establish and maintain a clearinghouse for collecting and disseminating information on:

  •     Rural health issues
  •     Research findings relating to rural health care
  •     Innovative approaches to health care delivery

2. Coordinate rural health activities in the state, including coordination to avoid duplication of services.

3. Identify federal, state and non-governmental rural health programs, and provide technical assistance to public and private entities.

Current Activities

  • Small Hospital Improvement Program – Provides funding to small rural hospitals to assist in transitioning to value-based reimbursement, payment bundling and become involved in accountable care organizations.
  • 3RNET – Free web-based job directory for health positions in Florida.      (
  • Rural EMS Support - Contracts with the Florida Association of Rural Emergency Medical Services Providers (FAREMS) to provide enhanced training to EMS personnel in rural areas as a method to address high turnover rates.

Public Health Resources 



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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