What's Happening in Rural Health
J-1 Visa Program
The new 2024 J-1 Visa Waiver Program application cycle opens October 1, 2023, and closes September 30, 2024. See the Workforce and Recruitment webpage for more information about the program.
NHSC Recertification Cycle is Open
The National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Recertification Cycle is open through October 12, 2023. Recertifying sites can start by reviewing the NHSC Site Reference Guide (PDF). Site applicants can also contact the Washington State Primary Care Office for assistance with the application process.
2023 Northwest Rural Health Conference
The 2023 Northwest Rural Health Conference was a great success! We had 488 attendees! This year’s success would not have been possible without the organizations that dedicated their time to planning this event. We would like to recognize and thank the Oregon State Office of Rural Health, the WWAMI AHEC Programs, Washington Rural Health Association, and Fred Hutch. Save the Date: 2024 NW Rural Health Conference will be on March 25-27, 2024.
What we do
The Washington State Office of Rural Health and Primary Care Office support health systems planning and development in Washington's rural and underserved communities to improve health and healthcare across the life span. Check out our new Rural Health Infographic (PDF) to learn more about the work we do and services we provide.