Rural Health and Primary Care 


The Office of Rural Health & Primary Care promotes the development of community-based health care services and systems throughout Arkansas to ensure that well managed, quality health services are available to all citizens.

Efforts are directed in several areas such as community-based needs assessment, technical assistance for the development of primary care sites, recruitment and retention of primary care manpower and health professional shortage area (HPSA) / medically underserved area (MUA) designations. 

More information about the shortage area designation process.

Activities include:

  • Providing consultation and technical assistance to rural communities for the purpose of developing viable health care services in their communities.
  • Administering state grant programs designed to assist rural communities in maintaining local health care.
  • Operating a health professional clearinghouse to assist rural and underserved areas to recruit and retain health professionals.
  • Providing technical assistance and training opportunities to rural hospitals that have converted to Critical Access Hospital status.
  • Coordinating federal, state and other efforts focusing on access to health care.


Critical Access Hospital Map        
Primary Care Shortage Areas
Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSA) and Medically Underserved Areas / Populations (MUA/P)
Health Disparities Report
Rural Health Plan
Funding Opportunities


Rural Health & Primary Care4815 W. Markham Street, Slot 22
Little Rock, AR 72205