The New Jersey State Office of Rural Health has been in existence since 1996 and is funded through the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy. New Jersey was one of the last states in the country to establish an Office of Rural Health. This was due, in large part, to the unique circumstances within our state.
The mission of the State Office of Rural Health is to serve as a statewide resource for rural health concerns, to improve rural health, and to foster available and accessible health services for rural New Jerseyans through programs and activities related to its five essential functions.
The five essential functions of the State Office of Rural Health are to serve rural populations in New Jersey by:
Collecting and disseminating rural health information.
Coordinating resources and activities statewide.
Providing technical assistance to meet rural community health needs.
Encouraging recruitment and retention of health professionals in rural areas.
Strengthening state and federal partnerships.
The State Office of Rural Health is assisted by a Rural Health Committee and other programs to leverage limited resources, and expand our partnerships locally, statewide, and nationally in its efforts to improve and enhance rural health care delivery systems.
Rural Area Definition:
The Rural-urban commuting area (RUCA) codes classify U.S. census tracts using measures of population density, urbanization, and daily commuting. The most recent RUCA codes are based on data from the 2010 decennial census. Within the Metropolitan counties, all Census Tracts that are assigned a RUCA code of 4-10 are eligible for Rural Health grants. In addition, Census Tracts within Metropolitan Areas with RUCA codes 2 and 3 that are larger than 400 square miles and have population density of less than 35 people per square mile are also considered rural.
For more information about the health status of New Jersey residents who live in rural areas, and comparisons with the state and national baseline of health and quality of life measures, please see this report based on the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) – Holleran Report 2010.
New Jersey Rural Injury Questionnaire Summary [pdf 127k]: The Miller Consulting Group, June 23, 2011 – The New Jersey State Office of Rural Health in partnership with the Center for Health Statistics, Injury Prevention, Division of Family Health Services, Maternal Child and Health Program and Occupational Injury Program designed and implemented an anonymous questionnaire for focus group participants with emphasis on four areas of interest surrounding rural injuries to youth under the age of 19.
New Jersey Rural Health Focus Group Report 2011 [pdf 253k]:The Miller Consulting Group – The New Jersey State Office of Rural Health in partnership with the Miller Consulting Group conducted a qualitative study to gather direct feedback on the views and opinions on issues related to the needs, preferences and accessibility regarding health care from rural residents in the southern regions of the State.
New Jersey Department of Health
State Office of Primary Care/Rural Health
50 East State Street, 6th Floor
P.O. Box 364
Trenton, NJ 08625-0364