The Center for Rural Health is designated the Arizona State Office of Rural Health (AzSORH) through the State Offices of Rural Health Program, which is an initiative of the Office of Rural Health Policy (Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration).
The AzSORH grant program has been continuously funded since 1990, which was the first tier of funding for the national SORH program. The program is designed to be flexible enough to meet emerging health-related needs throughout the rural areas of the state.
The federally-mandated goals of the program are to:
- Improve collection and dissemination of information
- Coordinate rural health resources and activities statewide
- Provide technical assistance to rural communities
- Encourage recruitment and retention of health professionals in rural areas
Participate in strengthening state, local, federal, and cross-border/binational partnerships
The AzSORH participates in the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health, the National Rural Health Association and collaborates on a wide variety of programs with the Arizona Rural Health Association.