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Missouri Rural Health Association (MRHA) is vested in the success of the organizations we serve. Living and working in rural Missouri has its intricacies. Our goal is to connect our constituents with partnerships, resources, technical assistance, advocacy support, and other tools to help them address community needs. Free transportation to COVID-19 vaccination appointments now available in 14 counties! To learn more, contact Mary Gordon at


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Save the Date: Specialty Care in the Age of COVID

Many hospitals can’t staff out all non-procedure based specialty services. ‘Specialty Care in the Age of COVID: Using Specialty Inpatient Teleconsults to Deliver the Best Patient Care Locally’ will cover the benefits of offering these specialties locally and explore how hospitals can bridge the medical access gap. Join Speakers Meena Mallipeddi, CEO, T SQRD and Anand Nathan, CPO/COO, T SQRD, for the webinar on Oct. 28 from 12 – 1 p.m. CT. Zoom Meeting ID: 889 7714 7714 Passcode: 641919.

90 Days to spend RHCCT Program Funds ($49k)

As a reminder, RHC COVID-19 Testing (RHCCT) program funds ($49k) must be expended by December 31, 2021.  Final reporting on these payments in the Rural Health Clinic COVID-19 Reporting Portal, including the number of COVID-19 tests conducted and the number of positive tests, is due January 31, 2022.  These deadlines only apply to the RHCCT Program ($49k). HRSA funded the National Association of Rural Health Clinics (NARHC) to provide technical assistance to RHCs.

Health News & Policy Updates

Medicaid Expansion in Missouri

The rules have changed.

Learn more.

November 18 is National Rural Health Day

Celebrate the Power of Rural.

Learn more.

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Funding Available for Physician Assistant Rural Training

caregiver training and relief program

Customized Caregiver Training and Relief Program

What We Do

Our Services


Whether it’s connecting partners with resources, utilizing MRHA’s outreach channels, or providing education, we are here to serve our rural communities.


Our annual conference events convene the best and the brightest speakers and presenters. Stay connected for the latest news and information.


We connect rural health agencies and consumers with rides to doctor visits through our HealthTran program. Find out how you can partner with MRHA.


MRHA provides Rural Communities Opioid Program (RCORP) technical assistance with help from state and federal agencies. Learn more.
What Drives Us

Our Mission

MRHA’s mission is to safeguard and improve the health of rural Missourians. MRHA accomplishes its mission by engaging in partnerships and providing leadership on rural issues through advocacy, communication and education. Read our Title V Policy.

Get Involved

Looking to join a dynamic group of professionals committed to improving health outcomes in rural communities? The Missouri Rural Health Association is the organization for you. From our HealthTran program to technical assistance, work with opioid use disorder (OUD), and our annual conferences, we continue to expand capacity to help our members serve their rural constituents.


Upcoming Events

Specialty Care in the Age of COVID

October 28th, 12:00pm – 1:00pm CT, Zoom. Join the Day of the Webinar.

It's Time to Renew Your Membership!

Annual dues are now due. To get started, complete the MRHA membership renewal form. Renew, today.

Medicaid Expansion in Missouri

Over 200,000 Missourians are newly eligible. Learn more.


Meet the Board

Patricia Miller, MPA

Patty Miller is deeply committed to the needs for rural Missourians.

She’s an experienced CEO with a demonstrated history of leadership in nonprofit organization management. She is a strong business development professional with a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Missouri.

Board President
CEO – MO State Alliance of YMCA

Carla Gibson

Carla Gibson is a Senior Program Officer at the REACH Healthcare Foundation.

She is responsible for developing programs and initiatives tied to the Foundation’s health equity focus. With REACH since 2006, Carla provides grant making leadership, and creates partnerships that span cultural competency, immigrant and refugee health, trauma-informed care, mental health services and rural health improvement.

Senior Program Officer
REACH Healthcare Foundation

Jim Mikes

James Mikes, ScD, MPH, former vice president of Rural Advocacy & Regulation at MHA, has operated hospitals in Missouri, Indiana, Pennsylvania and Arizona.

He holds a public health degree from St. Louis University and was awarded a Doctor of Science from Tulane University. He serves on the adjunct faculty at St. Louis University Department of Health Management & Policy.

Retired Health Administration Professor
St. Louis University

A Note from Melissa Van Dyne

Ready to Serve

How Can MRHA Help?

As MRHA’s executive director, my goal is to listen to concerns, ask questions and work with our board, partners, and members to help address community needs. I will work alongside community leaders and connect them with resources that make a positive impact. MRHA is here to help.

Let’s Work Together

There’s a renewed momentum behind MRHA that’s promoting growth. Whether its expanding service offerings, increasing integrated marketing efforts to promote the association, or equipping our members with more resources, this momentum is sure and steady.