Division of Rural Health
The Division of Rural Health serves as the focal point for rural health issues in West Virginia and contributes to innovative approaches for addressing rural health care needs of our citizens. The Division collaboratively plans and develops policy, provides technical assistance and provides statewide coordination of rural health activities.
Programs and Projects
Rural Hospital Flexibility Program
The Rural Hospital Flexibility (Flex) Program is a statewide program that encourages regionalized systems of care and enhances the availability of primary health care services through the designation of Critical Access Hospitals. The goal of the Flex Program is to maintain essential health care services in rural communities.
Recruitable Community Program
The Recruitable Community Project (RCP) was initiated in West Virginia in 1998 and focuses on increasing a rural community’s recruiting potential through community development and increased knowledge of recruitment and retention issues.
Annual West Virginia Rural Health Conference
The purpose of the Annual West Virginia Rural Health Conference is to offer education, information, and networking opportunities to health care providers, policymakers, and communities. In pursuit of overall health of West Virginians, the conference includes interesting forums, special event meetings, and breakout sessions.
Other activities that we perform include partnering with the community through initiatives such as the Rural Health Systems Program and the Small Rural Hospital Improvement Grant Program.
Mark Your Calendar!
19th Annual West Virginia Rural Health Conference
October 26-28, 2011
Lakeview Golf Resort and Spa