Leading through advocacy, education, and relationships



In the spirit of Ohio Rural Health Association's mission of building relationships, providing advocacy and promoting education, we hope you find the following resources helpful and relevant to your needs. 



Classifying Economic Distress in Appalachian Counties

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A Pathway for the Registered Nurse: Discover RN Programs

Nursing is an art and a science - the art of helping others harmonized with the science of the human body. While challenging, it is also one of the most rewarding careers available. Becoming an RN is, for many, the best decision ever made.

Mental Health/Finger Print for Success


We have created “Depression at work: Symptoms and what to do about it” where we put together a list of vital points of the signs that trigger a worker’s depression, causes of burnout, and how to overcome it. 




At Testing.com, we help consumers advocate for their health by providing them with learning guides and products that make lab testing accessible, convenient and affordable.

Hundreds of easy-to-read lab testing guides. Confidential, secure and convenient online lab test ordering powered by trusted physician networks. Compassionate customer service support. We combine expert-reviewed lab test information with access to hundreds of in-lab and at-home tests.


The role of emergency housing is crucial in preventing the spiraling of further economic and health hardship that can impact someone if they become homeless. Emergency housing may be temporary, but it gives someone the immediate ability to remain housed and safely sheltered. Once someone becomes homeless, their mental and physical health is likely to suffer. A younger homeless population, for example, faces the same or more health issues than older adults who have remained housed.

The reasons an older American might need emergency housing are also plentiful. Renters may face removal from their homes when owners place properties on the market to take advantage of rising housing prices. Some seniors may have chronic health issues that keep them from working and saving enough for the expenses of retirement and older age. They may not have the support of close family or friends, meaning they have no one to stay with if they’re evicted from rental homes or their home is foreclosed on due to an inability to pay their mortgage.

In this guide, we’ve provided detailed information on emergency housing resources for older adults and seniors across the United States

Ohio Oral Health

Oral Health Ohio is pleased to release the 2023-2027 State Oral Health Plan.


Oral Health Ohio contracted with the Health Policy Institute of Ohio to facilitate and create the 2023-2027 State Plan, which is designed to guide actions taken by policymakers, advocates, educators, providers, and funders. Oral Health Ohio received funding from the CareQuest Institute for Oral Health to support development of the State Plan.  

The vision of the state plan is that all Ohioans will have optimal oral health during every stage of life. To achieve the vision, the State Plan presents goals and action steps that partners can advance together. These action steps are paired with considerations for prioritizing equity and data to track progress.

The plan was developed with input from approximately 200 Ohioans from across the state through healthcare provider focus groups,  consumer focus groups, and a multi-sector advisory committee.

Addiction Centers

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The Mesothelioma Veterans Center

The Mesothelioma Veterans Center is an advocacy organization dedicated to supporting veterans exposed to asbestos during their service. Every branch of the Armed Forces relied on asbestos for decades. As a result, U.S. veterans account for 33% of all mesothelioma diagnoses. Since the Mesothelioma Veterans Center was established, thousands have turned to our team for information, how to take action after a diagnosis and to learn about treatment options.

Recovery Ohio

Numerous Ohio residents struggle with alcohol or drug addiction. Luckily, Ohio has many inpatient rehab programs that provide 24/7 care and supervision, medical detox, therapy, medication-assisted treatment, and aftercare planning.

HRSA Payment Program for RHC Buprenorphine-Trained Providers

 In June 2021, HRSA launched an effort to improve access to substance use disorder treatment by paying for providers who are waivered to prescribe buprenorphine, a medication used to treat opioid use disorder.  Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) still have the opportunity to apply for a $3,000 payment on behalf of each provider who trained to obtain the waiver necessary to prescribe buprenorphine after January 1, 2019.  Approximately $1.2 million in program funding remains available for RHCs and will be paid on a first-come, first-served basis until funds are exhausted.  Send questions to DATA2000WaiverPayments@hrsa.gov. There is ongoing availability of a free online course for waiver eligibility training from the Providers Clinical Support System

Spread the Word About Health Insurance

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has a collection of tools for helping individuals and families get health insurance during the Marketplace Open Enrollment period, November 1, 2022 through January 15, 2023.  Graphics, social media messages, and customizable posters and fact sheets, are available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese.  Marketplace plans are an important source of coverage for people in rural areas, who represent approximately 15 percent of Marketplace enrollees in states using HealthCare.gov.

Understanding Barriers to COVID-19 Testing.

Researchers used funding from the NIH-supported RADx-UP program to better understand barriers in underserved communities – rural and urban, as well as racial and ethnic minority populations – in Kansas.   The most commonly reported barrier was fear of lost income or employment resulting from quarantine.  Common barriers reported in both rural and urban communities were access issues, such as lack of transportation and lack of support for languages other than English.  Three subthemes appeared to be dominant in rural counties. Under the theme of “political beliefs,” the subtheme “politicization of COVID-19 mitigation and response efforts” was an identified barrier for most rural counties.  See Approaching Deadlines below for a RADx-UP opportunity that closes in January. 

One month left to apply for Public Health AmeriCorps

Public Health AmeriCorps will invest $400 million, over five years, to support COVID-19 recovery, health equity, local public health, and the development of a pipeline of public health leaders. A webinar recording that provides an overview of the service program and how to apply for funding is available on the Rural Health Information Hub. The deadline for applications to the 2023 AmeriCorps State and National Public Health AmeriCorps Notice of Funding Opportunity is Wednesday, January 4, 2023, by 5:00 pm ET.

USDA Funding Remote Education in Rural and Tribal Communities

Deadline January 30.  The U.S. Department of Agriculture will make $64 million in awards for real-time, interactive distance learning and telemedicine services.  The USDA Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grants allow students to participate in class remotely and also connect rural residents to medical professionals without leaving home. 

2023 Physician Fee Schedule Update Webinar

 Wednesday, December 14 at 2:00 pm ET. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released the Calendar Year 2023 Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule. This rule makes policy updates developed to increase accessibility of behavioral health services and telehealth services in rural areas. In this 45-minute webinar, CMS subject matter experts from the Hospital and Ambulatory Policy Group (HAPG) will present on the behavioral health and telehealth updates in the rule.

Rural Communities Opioid Response Program-Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome

Applications Due March 8. HRSA’s Federal Office of Rural Health Policy will be making a $20 million investment for approximately 40 grants to reduce the incidence and impact of neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) in rural communities. Over the course of a three-year period of performance, RCORP-NAS recipients will collaborate with local, state, and regional stakeholders to provide coordinated, trauma-informed, and family-centered behavioral and maternal health care services, including medication-assisted treatment, to rural pregnant and postpartum persons and their families.  Applicant organizations may be located in an urban or rural area; however, all activities supported by the program must exclusively occur in HRSA-designated rural areas. See pg. ii of NOFO for information on the webinar for applicants taking place on January 4. (No registration required.)

Engaging Communities Through Issues Forums: A How-To Guide for Onsite and Online Community Engagement

This publication is part of a two-part series. The publication explores the use of forums as a community engagement tool in Extension work. It is a comprehensive how-to guide designed to help Cooperative Extension professionals develop issues forums in both onsite and online settings.

Rural Communities Opioid Response Program RCORP Overdose Response HRSA-23-038

Rural Communities Opioid Response Program RCORP
Overdose Response HRSA-23-038
The first RCORP NOFO for FY23, RCORP-Overdose Response, is now live on grants.gov
Applications are due January 19 and there will be a TA webinar for applicants on November 10. Please see flyer for more details.

Recovery Village

Whether you’re seeking alcohol treatment centers in Ohio or drug treatment centers in Ohio, you can choose from inpatient (residential) and outpatient programs to meet your needs. Inpatient rehab allows clients to receive round-the-clock care while outpatient programs allow them to spend time at home. Ohio outpatient and inpatient drug rehab centers typically offer a variety of programs to help men and women through their treatment and recovery, including individual and family therapy, counseling and 12-step programs.

It’s possible to find safe and effective drug and alcohol rehab in Ohio, and The Recovery Village can point you in the right direction. If you are unsure which level of rehab care is right for you, the caring addiction specialists at The Recovery Village are available to talk with you anytime. It’s toll-free to call, and you don’t have to commit to treatment if you just need advice on where to go. When you choose rehab at The Recovery Village, you can expect:

Alcohol Rehab & Detox in Columbus

Alcohol addiction is a disease that few people expect themselves to develop, yet many do. A person may believe they feel happier, less stressed and more fun when they drink, so they start using alcohol to cope with negative feelings. Eventually, their mind will start to crave the substance, and their body will depend on it to function. It can progress to the point where a person may be in physical and mental pain if there isn’t alcohol in their system.

Hundreds of thousands of Ohioans struggle with alcohol addiction every year. Nearly 531,000 residents had an alcohol use disorder (AUD) in 2017; of these, around 494,000 needed treatment but did not receive it. Addiction is a treatable condition, and recovery is possible. However, it requires a first step that’s difficult for many people: reaching out for help.

Research Alert: County-Level Availability of Obstetric Care and Economic Implications of Hospital Closures on Obstetric Care

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Leveraging Quality Measurement to Improve Rural Health: Final Environmental Scan - Rural Core Measure Set

Affordable Internet Connectivity

CDC Social Determinants of Health Accelerator Plans

ACF Regional Partnerships for Children/Families Affected by Substance Abuse

USDA: The Gus Schumacher Nutrition Incentive Program - Produce Prescription Program

Bipartisan Policy Center: The Impact of COVID-19 on the Rural Health Care Landscape

Bipartisan Policy Center: The Impact of COVID-19 on the Rural Health Care Landscape

State Telehealth Laws and Reimbursement Policies, Spring 2022

ORHA Professional Development Funding Opportunity

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Inequities in Access to Care in Rural Areas

Differences in Preventive Care Among Rural Residents by Race and Ethnicity

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COVID-19 Research articles

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