Mississippi State Department of Health

Mississippi Office of Rural Health


The Mississippi State Office of Rural Health (MORH) works to help rural communities build productive health care delivery systems. The Office administers three federal grants and is engaged in data collection on rural health needs, policy analysis and development, the provision of technical assistance, health manpower recruitment, coordination of rural health interests state-wide, and support for rural facilities.

Rule 1.3.1 of the Mississippi State Rural Health Plan defines a rural area as: 1) a Mississippi county that has a population less than 50,000 individuals; 2) an area that has less than 500 individuals per square mile; or 3) a municipality of less than 15,000 individuals. Read the Mississippi State Rural Health Plan

There are several definitions that the federal government uses to define "rural". The U. S. Census Bureau, the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and the federal Office of Rural Health Policy have varying definitions for rural. Read these definitions






MS Department of Health
Office of Rural Health

Post Office Box 1700
570 East Woodrow Wilson
Osborne 150
Jackson, MS 39215-1700

Telephone: (601) 576-7216
Fax: (601) 576-7873

Links referenced
Read the Mississippi State Rural Health Plan    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/44,66,111,pdf/RuralHealthPlan.pdf
Read these definitions    http://www.hrsa.gov/ruralhealth/policy/definition_of_rural.html
Mississippi State Rural Health Plan    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/44,0,111,305,html
Mississippi Rural Health Association (MRHA)    http://www.msrha.org/
MHRA Newsletters    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/44,0,111,297,html
Rural Health Research Gateway    http://www.ruralhealthresearch.org/
Rural Health Information Hub (RHIhub)    https://www.ruralhealthinfo.org/

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