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Rural Health Programs

More rural counties have fewer residents who often live further from health care resources than their more urban counterparts. Arkansas has a variety of safety net providers to compensate for the shortage of health care providers and improve access to care in those areas, especially for the low-income and uninsured population. This is done through a number of initiatives operating in concert with other agencies and organizations dedicated to providing access to health care. The following is a list of grant funding programs within the Office of Rural Health and Primary Care.

Charitable Clinics Grant Program 

The Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) Arkansas Charitable Clinics Grant Program provides funding to assist charitable clinics in the provision of patient care in the areas of primary care, pharmacy, dental care, optometry and behavioral health services, for free or at low cost to those persons unable to pay for medical care.


Eligibility requirements:  

Notice of Funding and application review and award


Grant Performance Standards  

Notice of Funding and application review and award

Reimbursement of approved expenses 


Health Professional Clearinghouse

Health Resources and Services Administration

Primary Care Office Grant

National Health Service Corps

J-1 Visa Waiver Physicians

Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Program

Small Rural Hospital Improvement Program

State Office of Rural Health Grant

Public Health Accrediation Board
Arkansas Department of Health
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