Primary Care and Rural Health, Office of
To address health disparities created by lack of access to high-quality health care due to financial, cultural and geographic barriers.
What we do
Recruit a diverse primary care workforce of medical, dental and mental health care providers through operation of the Health Professionals Loan Repayment Program, the physician waiver program for holders of J-1 Visas and coordination of National Health Service Corps programs
Assess annually the existing workforce's capacity to meet the medical, dental and mental health services needs of Rhode Islanders.
Collaborate with organizations and facilities to apply for Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) designation and funding where need exists to improve access to healthcare.
Assist those working to increase access to primary care services for all, and reduce disparities seen in our rural populations.