The Nevada State Office of Rural Health was established by the state legislature in 1977 to administer the delivery of healthcare services to rural and frontier areas in Nevada. It was also created to coordinate programs that would further enhance and improve healthcare access to rural communities, train healthcare providers, help finance healthcare services in areas of need and ensure a healthy Nevada. The office continues to build partnerships and strengthen its outreach in order to meet the healthcare needs of rural Nevadans.
Being housed under the School of Medicine enables the Nevada State Office of Rural Health to have accessible teaching and healthcare resources that can be pushed out into underserved communities with greater effectiveness. The largest problem facing rural communities is access to healthcare during times of need. Providing technical assistance greatly reduces the burden of healthcare in these communities.