State Office of Rural Health

Supporting Rural Communities in Louisiana

Addressing Healthcare Challenges in Rural Louisiana

The Well-Ahead Louisiana State Office of Rural Health (SORH) integrates population health strategies within rural communities, supports the development and sustainability of rural care facilities, and advances access to care through innovation. 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.

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Emergency Preparedness

Before an emergency is declared, it is important to have a plan and process ready to protect your family and community members in Louisiana. As a healthcare professional, trainings, tools and resources are essential to effectively be prepared for the impact of a natural disaster or public health emergency.

Hospital Support Programs

Rural hospitals are an integral part of Louisiana’s rural communities. In addition to providing critical inpatient, outpatient and emergency medical services, rural hospitals are often the economic foundation of communities. Hospital support programs ensure that quality healthcare is available to rural residents.

New Clinic Development

Rural health clinics expand access to primary care services in rural communities. To become a certified Rural Health Clinic, your facility must meet specific eligibility requirements. If your facility is deemed eligible, our team can help you navigate the certification process.

Policy Guidance and Updates

As information in healthcare continues to evolve, Well-Ahead works to provide you with the most accurate and up-to-date changes in policy guidance and updates, including information surrounding COVID-19 and vaccine distribution and available support.

Practice Management

Effective practice management processes can ensure that your clinic is running as efficiently as possible. Well-Ahead offers technical assistance and resources that will help you deliver the better quality care while improving your bottom line.

Project ECHO®

Project ECHO® is a telementoring opportunity that connects rural health professionals with care specialists on a live, virtual platform. Providers consult with specialists, so patients can remain in the comfort of their community primary care clinic.


Well-Ahead is fueling innovation in rural health. We’ve partnered with TexLA Telehealth Resource Center to support the expansion of telehealth capacity—including effective delivery of services, efficiency, sustainability and patient satisfaction—in our rural communities.

Technical Assistance and Funding Opportunities

Don’t miss out! Check back regularly for information on technical assistance and funding opportunities as they become available.