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Shane Ford

Shane Ford

Ohio Department of Health

Email: shane.ford@odh.ohio.gov

Shane is the State Office of Rural Health Program Administrator at the Ohio Department of Health. The State Office of Rural Health (SORH) encompasses programs that serve to strengthen health care delivery systems and improve health care access to rural areas of Ohio. SORH programs include the Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Program (Flex) and the Small Rural Hospital Improvement Program (SHIP). The five key functions of the SORH include: Collecting and disseminating rural health information; Coordinating resources and activities throughout rural Ohio; Providing technical assistance to meet rural community health needs; Encouraging recruitment and retention of health professionals in rural communities; and Strengthening state and federal partnerships.

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