State Office of Rural Health

Patricia Whaley, Executive Director
502 Seventh St. South, Cordele, GA 31015-1443
Ph: 229-401-3081
General Fax: 229-401-3077  ●  Administrative Fax: 229-401-3084

About SORH

The State Office of Rural Health (SORH) works to improve access to health care in rural and underserved areas and to reduce health status disparities.


  • Empower communities to strengthen and maintain the best possible health care using existing resources.
  • Provide up-to-date health systems information and technical assistance.
  • Build strong partnerships to meet local and regional needs.
  • Provide incentives to local areas to implement integrated service delivery systems.
  • Be the single point of contact for all regional issues related to heath care.


  • Rural Georgians are less healthy than those living in urban areas
  • Rural Georgians are more likely to be under-insured or uninsured
  • Rural Georgians are more likely to suffer from heart disease, obesity, diabetes and cancer

For more facts, visit SORH Publications.

SORH provides funding for institutional framework that lnks small rural communities with State & Federal resources to help develop long-term solutions to rural health problems.

Contact Us:

Patricia Whaley
Executive Director
Telephone: 229-401-3081