State Office of Rural Health
Addressing Healthcare Challenges in Rural Louisiana
Almost half of Louisiana is rural, and at Well-Ahead, we provide support to address rural communities’ unique healthcare needs.
Rural communities are faced with accessibility challenges, a limited number of healthcare providers and health disparities. Well-Ahead acts as an anchor of information and support for rural health professionals, hospitals and clinics and coordinates communication, education, collaboration and innovation among these community leaders to improve the health of Louisiana’s rural residents.
In addition, our Provider Education Network connects rural providers to an ever-growing bank of tools, training and technical assistance needed to effectively serve Louisiana residents.
Are you located in a Health Professional Shortage Area?
Hospital Support Programs
New Clinic Development
Technical Assistance and Funding Opportunities
Don’t miss out! Check back regularly for information on technical assistance and funding opportunities as they become available.
The grant is expected to fund approximately 30 projects in urban communities and 43 projects in rural communities (as defined by the Rural Health Grants Eligibility Analyzer) for two years to encourage COVID-19 safety and vaccination. Learn more.
The Distance Learning and Telemedicine program helps rural communities use the unique capabilities of telecommunications to connect to each other and to the world, overcoming the effects of remoteness and low population density. Learn More.
To encourage practitioners to serve in health professional shortage areas, this program repays governmental or commercial educational loans for eligible healthcare practitioners.