SORH Resource Center


Welcome to the SORH Resource Center – a destination for empowering State Offices of Rural Health with the tools, insights, and partnerships needed to lead the way in advancing rural healthcare! You’ll find an evolving collection of curated resources focusing on the following topics of interest: Behavioral Health, Maternal Health, and Emergency Preparedness.  

Select from the options below to view the resources:

+ Behavioral Health

  • AgriSafe Network – Mental Health Resources: Provides mental health resources tailored to the agricultural community, aiding SORH in addressing mental health challenges within this population. AgriSafe Network 

  • American Psychological Association – Crisis Hotlines and Resources by State: Offers a compilation of crisis hotlines and state-specific resources, assisting SORH in connecting individuals to immediate mental health support. APA Crisis Hotlines 

  • American Psychological Association – State, Provincial, and Territorial Psychological Association Directory: Provides a directory of psychological associations at the state, provincial, and territorial levels, offering connections and resources for addressing behavioral health needs. APA Directory 

  • CDC’s Overdose Data to Action: Offers data-driven insights and resources to address the opioid overdose epidemic, supporting SORH efforts in preventing and responding to substance misuse. CDC OD2A 

  • Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA): Provides training and resources for preventing substance abuse in rural communities. SORH can engage in collaborating on community-driven strategies for substance abuse prevention. CADCA 

  • FORHP’s Rural Community Opioid Response Program (RCORP): Offers technical assistance for rural communities addressing opioid misuse and addiction. SORH can collaborate with technical assistance providers to develop comprehensive opioid response strategies. RCORP 
    – Best Practices: University of Rochester, NY: Shares insights and best practices from their experiences in addressing rural opioid challenges. University of Rochester, NY
    – Recovery Housing: Fletcher Group: Offers expertise in establishing recovery housing solutions to support individuals in rural communities. Fletcher Group
    – TA Provider: JBS International: Provides specialized technical assistance for implementing opioid response programs in rural areas. JBS International
    – Treatment: Center on Rural Addiction (CORA): Provides resources and guidance for rural addiction treatment initiatives. Center on Rural Addiction (CORA) 

  • HRSA’s Pediatric Mental Health Block Grants: Offers funding and resources to enhance pediatric mental health services in underserved areas. SORH can collaborate to improve access to mental health care for rural children and adolescents. HRSA Pediatric Mental Health Block Grants 

  • National Alliance on Mental Illness: Find Your Local NAMI: Enables individuals to find local NAMI chapters for support, education, and advocacy related to mental health. NAMI 

  • National Council for Mental Wellbeing: Provides resources, training, and advocacy for mental health organizations. Offers webinars, policy updates, and tools for improving rural behavioral health services. National Council for Mental Wellbeing 

  • Regional Telehealth Resource Center: Focuses on using telehealth to expand access to behavioral health services in rural communities. Guides technology, regulations, and best practices for implementing telehealth solutions. Regional Telehealth Resource Center 

  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA): Offers grants, training, and publications to support mental health and substance abuse prevention and treatment in rural areas. SORH can find valuable information and funding opportunities for enhancing rural behavioral health services. SAMHSA
    SAMHSA Rural Behavioral Health Webpage
    – SAMHSA Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF): Provides a structured approach to prevent behavioral health issues, offering data-driven strategies that SORH can utilize to address substance abuse and mental health concerns in rural areas. SAMHSA SPF 

+ Maternal Health

  • American Academy of Pediatrics: Bright Futures Initiative: Presents the Bright Futures initiative to promote the health and well-being of children and adolescents, aligning with SORH efforts to enhance maternal and child health outcomes. Bright Futures 

  • American College of Nurse-Midwives: Offers resources, education, and advocacy for nurse-midwives providing maternal care in rural areas. SORH can engage in promoting midwifery services and enhancing maternal health outcomes. American College of Nurse-Midwives 

  • The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG): Offers resources and guidance for obstetric and gynecologic care, supporting SORH in advancing maternal health initiatives. ACOG 

  • American Heart Association Rural Initiative: Provides resources and support to improve cardiovascular health outcomes in rural areas. SORH can engage in promoting heart health and preventing cardiovascular diseases in rural communities. American Heart Association Rural Initiative 

  • American Pediatric Association State Chapters: Provides resources and information specific to pediatric care, which can be valuable for SORH to collaborate on integrated maternal and pediatric health services in rural communities. American Pediatric Association State Chapters 

  • Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses: State Chapters: Provides information on state chapters dedicated to women’s health, obstetric, and neonatal nursing, fostering collaboration and support for maternal care. AWHONN State Chapters 

  • Association of Community Health Nursing Educators (ACHNE): Provides resources and support for public health nursing, enabling SORH to collaborate with public health nurses in enhancing maternal health services. ACHNE 

  • Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs: Provides resources, policy analysis, and maternal and child health advocacy. SORH can engage in enhancing maternal care coordination and support in rural communities. Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs 

  • DONA International: Offers resources for birth doulas and childbirth professionals, complementing SORH efforts to improve maternal health through support and education. DONA International 

  • Home Visiting Program: Offers maternal, infant, and early childhood home visiting services to improve maternal and child health outcomes. SORH can collaborate to enhance support for families in rural communities. Home Visiting Program 

  • HRSA’s Title V Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Block Grants: Offers funding and technical assistance to improve maternal and child health outcomes. SORH can collaborate to enhance the quality of maternal care in rural communities. HRSA Title V MCH Block Grants 

  • March of Dimes Perinatal Data Center: Provides data and research on maternal and infant health outcomes. SORH can access valuable statistics to inform strategies and interventions for improving rural maternal health. March of Dimes Perinatal Data Center 

  • Maternal mental health hotline: Offers a national maternal mental health hotline for support and resources. SORH can promote the hotline to ensure rural mothers have access to mental health services. Maternal Mental Health Hotline 

  • National Association of Medicaid Directors (NAMD): Provides insights and information about expanded Medicaid benefits post-partum, helping SORH navigate the landscape of maternal care coverage for rural communities. NAMD 

  • National Association of School Nurses (NASN): Offers resources and guidance for school nurses, allowing SORH to promote maternal and adolescent health education through school-based initiatives. NASN 

  • RHIHub’s Rural Maternal Health toolkit: Offers resources, case studies, and best practices to improve maternal health outcomes in rural areas. SORH can use these tools to address maternal health disparities. RHIHub Rural Maternal Health Toolkit 

  • Women’s Preventive Services Initiative (WPSI): Provides guidelines and resources for preventive health services for women, aiding SORH in promoting comprehensive maternal care. WPSI 

        + Emergency Preparedness

        • Administration for Strategic Preparedness & Response (ASPR): Provides resources and guidance for public health emergency preparedness. SORH can collaborate to strengthen rural communities’ readiness for emergencies. ASPR
          ASPR Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP) Cooperative Agreements: Offers funding and support for healthcare facilities to enhance emergency preparedness and response. SORH can work with HPP to build resilient rural healthcare systems. ASPR HPP Cooperative Agreements 
          ASPR Technical Resources, Assistance Center, and Information Exchange (TRACIE): Provides resources, webinars, and tools for emergency healthcare planning and response. SORH can access information to support rural healthcare facility preparedness. ASPR TRACIE 

          Emergency Preparedness Resources for Healthcare Coalitions: Provides resources tailored to healthcare coalitions, aiding SORH in strengthening emergency preparedness among healthcare providers. ASPR TRACIE HCC Resources 

        • Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT): Presents a volunteer-supported mobilization of community members for emergency response, aligning with SORH goals to engage rural communities in preparedness. CERT 


        • Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Grants to States: Offers various grants to states for disaster preparedness and response efforts. SORH can collaborate with state agencies to access funding for enhancing rural emergency preparedness. FEMA Grants to States 

        • Privacy, Security and HIPAA: Offers resources related to privacy, security, and HIPAA compliance in healthcare IT, supporting SORH in maintaining data security during emergencies. Privacy, Security and HIPAA 

        • Homeland Security: Disaster Assistance Resources: Provides disaster assistance resources to support individuals and communities affected by disasters, complementing SORH efforts in emergency response coordination. DHS Disaster Assistance 

        • National Disaster Medical System (NDMS): Collaborates with healthcare providers to ensure medical care during disasters. SORH can engage in enhancing rural communities’ preparedness for emergencies and disasters. NDMS 

        • Provides tools, templates, and guidance for emergency preparedness planning. SORH can use these resources to assist rural healthcare facilities in developing comprehensive emergency plans. 

        • Rural Health Information Hub Toolkit (Models and Innovations): Provides innovative strategies and models for emergency preparedness in rural communities, offering insights and solutions for SORH to consider. Rural Health Information Hub Toolkit 

        • RHIhub Toolkit Module: Emergency Preparedness and Response for Bioterrorism: Offers a toolkit module focused on bioterrorism preparedness and response, supplementing SORH efforts to enhance emergency readiness. RHIHub Bioterrorism Toolkit 

        • State and Local Emergency Management Agencies: Offers links to state and local emergency management agencies, facilitating collaboration and information exchange for disaster preparedness and response. State and Local EMAs