California State Office of Rural Health

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.  ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Programs

J-1 Visa Waiver Program

California's J-1 Visa Waiver Program gives priority to applications from primary care physicians who will work in federally designated underserved areas.

Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility/Critical Access Hospital (FLEX/CAH) Program

Supports small rural hospitals through the Flex Program annual grant, allowing CalSORH to fund technical assistance, quality assurance studies, network development,…

Small Rural Hospital Improvement Program (SHIP) Grants

Grants to support small rural hospitals with the implementation of delivery system changes to help ensure a strong foundation for…

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

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Resources & Information

Please note: the resources provided on this page lead to external, non-HCAI websites.

News and Updates

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.

HCAI Scholarships, Loan Repayment Programs, and Grants for Organizations

Song-Brown Program
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

Program Contacts

You may directly contact the California State Office of Rural Health (CalSORH) for assistance.

Email: CalSORH@hcai.ca.gov