Rural Health Outreach Program
Thank you for visiting the web page of The Rural Health Outreach Program (RHOP). You are you are only a phone call or email away from information on rural health and policy issues – no matter where you live in Texas.
We are one of only two state-funded outreach programs in Texas. Over the decades, RHOP has evolved into a center of influence because of its accumulated rural knowledge and expertise. This has resulted in solicited participation in multiple organizations, including those at the state and national levels. We have become the hub of information exchange for rural health, the College of Nursing and Health Innovation, and the community. To date, the RHOP has responded to education and information requests from 189 of the 254 Texas counties – a tremendous increase from our original 15-county service area in 1975.
It is important for us to help you stay current about health care issues affecting rural Texas, such as The Affordable Care Act, National HIV/AIDS Strategy, Accountable Care Organizations, or Medicare Expansion. That’s why we put a significant amount of information on our website to inform you of existing rural challenges and the advocacy efforts of those championing the improvement of health care in rural Texas.
This is an exciting yet challenging time for nurses and other health care providers. We are honored to serve you by keeping “rural” in the forefront of those who affect change, ensuring and enhancing the health of rural Texas citizens.