The Maryland Rural Health Association is a non-profit organization whose mission is to educate and advocate for the optimal health of rural communities and their residents. MRHA is a member organization comprised of local health departments, hospitals, community health centers, area health education centers, health professionals, and community members in rural areas throughout Maryland. Of Maryland’s 24 counties, 18 are considered rural by the state, and with a population of over 1.6 million they differ greatly from the urban areas in the state.
The Maryland Rural Health Association (MRHA) was formed in January 1995 as a result of Maryland’s first annual Rural Health Conference hosted by the Maryland State Office of Rural Health (SORH). The nucleus for the formation of the MRHA was a committee of rural health representatives interested in furthering rural health activities in the state and a core group of Conference attendees. The MRHA has been meeting ever since, serving as a primary advocate for quality rural healthcare in Maryland. Membership is comprised of health departments, hospitals, community health centers, health professionals, and community members in rural Maryland.