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.

 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        
Dental Health Professional Shortage Area
Medically Underserved Areas (MUA)
Mental Health Professional Shortage Areas
Primary Care Health Professional  Shortage Areas
Health Disparties Report
Rural Health Plan
Funding Opportunities


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