Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health

Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health The Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health (PORH) is one of the 50 state offices of rural health. PORH is a partnership between the United States Federal Government, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and the Pennsylvania State University.

PORH is charged with being a source of coordination, technical assistance, and networking; partnership development; and assisting in the recruitment and retention of health care providers.

Operating as usual

10/23/2020

We are just TWO weeks away from the 2020 Virtual Rural Human Trafficking Summit, set for, November 5-6. View the agenda and register here. Registration will be closing on 29th.

Attend the Summit to:

• learn how human trafficking is impacting Pennsylvania
• hear how law enforcement and health care providers are being trained to identify
and assist victims
• understand how you can change the world for a human trafficked victim.

For more information, contact the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health’s Outreach Coordinator, Terri Klinefelter, at 814-863-8214 or [email protected].

Our friends at DentaQuest have partnered with America's ToothFairy to bring a fun oral health challenge to children just...
10/16/2020
PA Coalition for Oral Health

Our friends at DentaQuest have partnered with America's ToothFairy to bring a fun oral health challenge to children just in time for National Dental Hygiene Month!

A partnership between DentaQuest and America's ToothFairy, the Oral Health Action Hero Challenge is a free superhero-themed, at-home learning activity open to kids aged 6-12 across the U.S. Participants can win fun prizes, including a Nintendo® Switch gaming console, while learning how to prevent the pain and expense of tooth decay.

09/09/2020

**UPMC Cole Receives Champion Award; Rural Health Care Systems Recognized

UPMC Cole in Coudersport, Pennsylvania received the 2020 Community Champions Achievement Award from the Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) for their project, “Building and Strengthening Better Oral Care for the Communities We Serve.”

Based on results from a collaborative community health needs assessment, hospital leadership and their partners built and strengthened oral care for the communities they serve through a network focused on coordinated, patient-centered physical and oral health care.

The network conducted a gap analysis for oral health services; designed an operational framework for patient-centered physical and oral health, assessed needs for education in the school systems and higher risk populations in their service delivery area, and developed a network plan for system sustainability. The results were impressive. The number of patients seen in the emergency department for dental issues decreased by 68 percent from 2015-2019 and the rate of missed appointments dropped for each of the system’s dental offices from 2018-2019.

HAP also presented Washington Health System in Washington, Pennsylvania with the annual Optimal Operations Award for their “Caring for Our Caregivers” campaign and St. Luke’s University Health Network’s Monroe Campus in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania with the In Safe Hands Award for their “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up…” initiative to prevent inpatient falls.

For more information on the UPMC Cole oral health program, contact Lori Gross, regional rural health services for UPMC, at 814-274-9300 or to [email protected].

08/13/2020
PA Coalition for Oral Health

Funding is now available for Rural Health Clinics interested in adding dental services!

The Pennsylvania Department of Health, in partnership with oral health stakeholders across Pennsylvania, has received grant funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) for the project titled “New Approaches to Oral Health Infrastructure and Capacity.” The project aims to integrate oral health services into two Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) located in DHPSAs.

Click here to view the RFP:
https://paoralhealth.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/RHC-Dental-Site-RFP_Year-3.pdf

This a a great way to highlight the heroes in a Pennsylvania!
07/21/2020

This a a great way to highlight the heroes in a Pennsylvania!

Know anybody in #Pennsylvania that deserves to be honored on National #RuralHealth Day? Nominate them for the 2020 Community Stars book at http://powerofrural.org!
#PowerofRural Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health

Healthy Teeth, Healthy Children: A PA Medical/Dental Partnership
06/09/2020

Healthy Teeth, Healthy Children: A PA Medical/Dental Partnership

Join HTHC on Wednesday, June 10th from 8-9pm for a PA AAP Let's Talk webinar and Pediatric Community Forum: "Lessons for Oral Health Care in the COVID-19 Pandemic - Potential for Problems and Opportunities for Pediatricians". We will be discussing the integration of oral healthcare practices into in-person and telehealth visits for acute disease, follow-up, and prevention! Register today at https://bit.ly/3hfhc1w

06/03/2020
PA Coalition for Oral Health

Pennsylvania's Department of Health has released updated guidance for dental services amid the COVID-19 pandemic. See below for additional details.

The PA Department of Health has updated its statewide dental guidance, effective June 3, 2020. Please read it carefully and note the attention to the transmission rates in your individual area and proper PPE requirements.

05/13/2020

Information for dental offices from our partners at the Pennsylvania Coalition for Oral Health.

The Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health would like to thank all of those on the front lines working hard to keep rural P...
05/13/2020

The Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health would like to thank all of those on the front lines working hard to keep rural Pennsylvanians healthy.

03/31/2020

To comply with social distancing and stay-at-home orders, all in-person Swimming Pool Pesticide Applicator Training Programs during April have been cancelled.

03/20/2020

Cancelled Events:

2020 Annual Community and Public Health Conference scheduled for April 14, 2020 in Lancaster, PA

Swimming Pool Certification Class scheduled for March 31, 2020 at the PSU Berks Campus in Reading, PA

03/17/2020

Rural communities are good places to be early in a pandemic, as they tend to be more geographically isolated with smaller populations than urban areas, which potentially means fewer chances to catch a bug. However, rural areas are not immune to outbreaks, especially pandemics such as COVID-19. It is imperative that rural residents, health care facilities and providers, and community organizations remain updated on current information and take the steps necessary to protect themselves.

AgrAbility PA
03/11/2020

AgrAbility PA

As the COVID-19 (coronavirus) continues to dominate news and headlines, this article provides some insight into the effects of the outbreak on people with disabilities. At the end it includes a list of helpful resources for further information. Thanks to Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation PATF for sharing this valuable resource. Please feel free to do the same!

Keep up to date with the latest on this virus outbreak from reliable sources, such as the Pennsylvania Department of Health Health and the CDC http://bit.ly/3cSBDig

National Rural Health Association
03/10/2020
National Rural Health Association

National Rural Health Association

Via USA TODAY: American farmers are saddled with near-record debt, declaring bankruptcy at rising rates, and selling off their farms amid an uncertain future.

For some, the burden is too much to bear.

Farmers are among the most likely to die by suicide compared to other occupations, according to the CDC. The study also found that suicide rates overall had increased by 40 percent in less than two decades. #ruralhealth #mentalhealth

The Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health is participating in the Ag Safety Day today at the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds!  We a...
03/07/2020

The Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health is participating in the Ag Safety Day today at the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds! We are educating children and families on good oral health and testing the pH of common beverages! 🦷 🥤

Oral health services are now available at a Rural Health Clinic in Schuylkill County!
02/27/2020

Oral health services are now available at a Rural Health Clinic in Schuylkill County!

Congrats to our friends at St. Luke's Miners campus in Schuylkill County for adding dental services at their Hometown Rural Health Clinic! St. Luke's University Health Network

Rural Heath Clinic and Critical Access Hospital administrators from across Pennsylvania are spending the day at our quar...
02/20/2020

Rural Heath Clinic and Critical Access Hospital administrators from across Pennsylvania are spending the day at our quarterly Rural Health Clinic and Critical Access Hospital meeting.

Advocating for rural health on Capitol Hill as part of the NRHA Policy Institute in Washington, DC:  Jessica Ames from A...
02/16/2020

Advocating for rural health on Capitol Hill as part of the NRHA Policy Institute in Washington, DC: Jessica Ames from Angel Flight East, Lisa Davis from PORH, Wendy Braund from the University of Pittsburgh, and Chris McLaughlin from the Penn State College of Medicine. Thanks to the legislators and their staffs for great meetings!

Headline Marketing & Communications
02/07/2020

Headline Marketing & Communications

Human Trafficking is happening, and as hard as it is to believe, it’s happening right here in rural Pennsylvania.

Listen to two podcasts, produced by the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health in conjunction with Headline Marketing & Communications, from their Human Trafficking Summit in October 2019 on how they are working diligently to end trafficking once and for all.

https://www.porh.psu.edu/human-trafficking-and-the-rural-health-system-response/

#HumanTrafficking #podcasts #HeadlineMC

LAST CALL FOR RESERVATIONS!!!  WEBINARS START MARCH 17!Reserve your Seat NOW!!  New Program Alert!!!A Four-part Webinar ...
02/05/2020
Annual Giving and Development Campaigns: What You Need to Know to Effectively Compete in a Competitive Market

LAST CALL FOR RESERVATIONS!!! WEBINARS START MARCH 17!

Reserve your Seat NOW!! New Program Alert!!!

A Four-part Webinar Series for Health Care Organizations

Annual Giving and Development Campaigns: What You Need to Know to Effectively Compete in a Competitive Market

See agenda and register here: http://www.cvent.com/events/annual-giving-and-development-campaigns-what-you-need-to-know-to-effectively-compete-in-a-competitiv/event-summary-0aee73028db8410ebac78004795f1534.aspx

Fund development and fundraising are important strategies and activities for all organizations.  Whether raising monies for capital projects or matching funds for technology, success is determined by the tools used to create, implement, and sustain robust development initiatives.This webinar series...

The Pennsylvania Coalition for Oral Health is collecting information about how Pennsylvanians locate and access dental c...
01/29/2020
Finding a Dental Provider in Pennsylvania

The Pennsylvania Coalition for Oral Health is collecting information about how Pennsylvanians locate and access dental care. Please consider completing this survey and/or sharing within your networks.

Today we are gathering information on how Pennsylvanians find and get to the dental office. This survey will take less than 5 minutes to complete and is anonymous. Thank you for your time.

It’s the 75th Anniversary of community water fluoridation!  Join us in celebrating with our friends at the PA Coalition ...
01/24/2020
PA Coalition for Oral Health

It’s the 75th Anniversary of community water fluoridation! Join us in celebrating with our friends at the PA Coalition for Oral Health!

Celebrating 75 years of community water fluoridation! All water sources contain some natural fluoride, but adjusting this amount to the right level is what protects teeth from cavities.

American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
01/23/2020

American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry

Dental emergencies can happen at any time of year. Sports like skiing, snowboarding and skating require dental protection too!

https://news.psu.edu/story/603163/2020/01/08/research/oral-health-assessment-children-rural-pa-demonstrates-disparities?...
01/17/2020
Oral health assessment of children in rural PA demonstrates disparities | Penn State University

https://news.psu.edu/story/603163/2020/01/08/research/oral-health-assessment-children-rural-pa-demonstrates-disparities?utm_source=newswire&utm_medium=email&utm_term=604427_HTML&utm_content=01-16-2020-22-03&utm_campaign=Penn%20State%20Today

Research conducted by the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health found that urban rates of dentist supply are nearly twice that of rural rates and that inequalities exist between areas of higher socioeconomic status and those of lower socioeconomic status. The research was funded by the Center for Rura...

Podcasts discussing Human Trafficking issues have been posted to our website! https://www.porh.psu.edu/human-trafficking...
01/16/2020
Human Trafficking and the Rural Health System Response | Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health

Podcasts discussing Human Trafficking issues have been posted to our website!

https://www.porh.psu.edu/human-trafficking-and-the-rural-health-system-response/

Download a Human Trafficking Awareness Poster Click on one of the sizes of posters below to download a PDF to print and share. (Left) 8.5x11in, (Right) 11x17in  Podcasts 2019 Rural Human Trafficking Summit Podcast Episodes Welcome to the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health’s podcast series on hum...

January is Human Trafficking Awareness month!
01/15/2020

January is Human Trafficking Awareness month!

AgSafety4u
01/09/2020

AgSafety4u

Last day at the Keystone Farm Show.

Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health's cover photo
01/03/2020

Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health's cover photo

Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health's cover photo
12/20/2019

Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health's cover photo

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118 Keller Building
University Park, PA
16802

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Tuesday 08:00 - 17:00
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Thursday 08:00 - 17:00
Friday 08:00 - 17:00

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