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.

Primary Care Needs Assessment
Critical Access Hospital Map
CAH Office of Rural Health and Primary Care
Final CAH CEO presentation March 2017
CAH March 14 2017 CAH Meeting Presentation       
USDA RD - Community Facility Direct Loan       
CAH Outreach Provider Presentation      
Primary Care Shortage Areas
Mental Health Shortage Areas
Dental Health Shortage Areas
Community Health Center Update
Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSA) and Medically Underserved Areas / Populations (MUA/P)
Health Disparities Report
Rural Health Plan
Funding Opportunities
AR Critical Access Hospital Admin Meeting - 03-15-2017
CAH Outreach Provider Presentation_rev_Jan 2017


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