Rural Health

The New Jersey State Office of Rural Health (NJSORH) supports rural communities in New Jersey by improving their access to health services and resources.

We do this by focusing on:

  • Enhancing rural health services through the exchange of information.
  • Recruiting health care professionals to stay in rural areas.
  • Collaborating with rural health stakeholders.
  • Community engagement.
  • Strengthening state and federal partnerships.
If you serve rural communities and would like more information, please reach out to Marisol Meyer at
The Definition of Rural

A New Jersey community is considered rural if it has a population density of less than 500 people per square mile.

The federal government's definition of rural is an area that is not urban.

Free Access to the National Rural Recruitment and Retention Network (3RNET)

3RNET is a workforce recruitment website used by health care organizations and medical professionals. Registering for a free account with 3RNET allows you to browse job postings and to be contacted about the right opportunity for you.

Register Here

Federal Rural-Urban Commuting Area (RUCA) Codes

RUCA codes classify areas according to population density, urbanization, and daily commuting. These codes determine whether an area is eligible for a Rural Health grant.

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How We are Funded

We are funded through the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) in the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).  FORHP promotes research, policy, and better health care services in rural America.

Learn More about FORHP

Learn More about HRSA

Contact Information

Marisol Meyer
Project Officer, Office of Rural Health 

Last Reviewed: 11/27/2023