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 Professional Loan Repayment Program, the physician waiver program for holders of J-1 Visas and coordination of National Health Service Corp 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.
Programs within the office