HRSA Office of Rural Health Policy
This office coordinates activities related to rural health care within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and provides funding to the State Offices of Rural Health and to rural hospitals. A community-based division provides direct support to community organizations for health service delivery and creating and sustaining health networks. The Office for the Advancement of Telehealth promotes the use of these technologies for health care delivery, education, and health information services, and provides funding for telehealth grants and seven rural health resource centers. It funds the Rural Assistance Center.
National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH)
NOSORH assists the 50 State Offices of Rural Health in their efforts to improve access to, and the quality of, health care for rural populations. Their website contains many educational resources and publications, some of which relate to oral health.
General information on rural oral health from the website
Webinar on funding sources for oral health
Past webinars on a variety of rural health issues
Online article Hawaii SORH Addresses Rural Oral Health with Hawaii Smiles Program
The Health and Well-Being of Children in Rural Areas: A Portrait of the Nation 2011-2012, a recently released chartbook based on data from the latest round of the National Survey of Children's Health. It includes oral health data.
This center provides resources and strategies to improve rural health and human services.
Topic oriented pages such as oral health
Rural Oral Health Toolkit that includes several modules that is accessible online or as a printable pdf
Examples of rural dental health models and innovations
This site provides access to publications and projects funded through the federal office of Rural Health Policy (PRHP) as Part of the Rural Health Research Centers and Analysis Initiatives grant program.
National Rural Health Association
This organization provides leadership on rural issues through advocacy, communications, education and research; a primary focus is on rural hospital and clinics. Among other things, they produce a journal and newsletter, hold conferences, publish policy briefs and provide advocacy around a number of issues.
Rural Policy Research Institute (RUPRI)
RUPRI provides analysis and information on the challenges, needs, and opportunities facing rural America, fosters public dialogue and helps policymakers understand the rural impacts of public policies and programs. Their six areas of work include: analytic and academic programs, health policy, international, national policy programs, poverty and human services policy, and state policy.
"MORE Care: Narrowing the Rural Interprofessional Oral Health Care Gap" white paper from DentaQuest Institute aims to provide rural health clinics, States Offices of Rural Health and rural health systems the information to initiate oral health networks that integrate and coordinate person-centered oral health care in their communities. Full Report (36 pgs) Executive Summary (12 pgs)
Why Oral Health Must be a Part of the Patient-Centered Medical Home
Recently, Montana University, the recipient of an OHNEP grant, developed an interprofessional program that connects all professional nurses, physicians and physician assistants practicing throughout rural Montana with practicing dentists. The aim of this project was to increase access to essential oral health services, particularly preventative, in Montana's rural communities. Partnering with the Montana Office of Rural Health/Area Health Education Center and Sprout Oral Health, Montana University developed this webinar.
Chartbook: Trends in Rural Children's Oral Health and Access to Care
Improving Rural Oral Health: Six States' Response to the United States Department of Health and Human Services Oral Health Strategic Framework