Center of Rural Health

  • Julie Casper, Section Chief
  • Illinois Department of Public Health
  • Center for Rural Health, 535 West Jefferson Ground Floor
  • Springfield, IL 62761
  • Phone: (217) 782-1624
  • Fax: 217-782-2547
  • TDD:
  • Email:
  • Website:

Purpose of the Program

Provides assistance to rural and underserved residents and organizations to assist in  increasing access to care through scholarships, loan repayment and grants to organizations. The Center is also the Primary Care Office for the State of Illinois and is responsible for evaluating all areas in the state to determine if they are federal or state health professional shortage areas (HPSA). In addition, statute mandates that the Department of Public Health create a Center for Rural Health.

Who is Eligible

Application Process

Information on Center programs is available at us or by phoning the Center at 217-782-1624.

Availability of Funds

Varies by program.

How Funds are to be used

Varies by program.

Types of Assistance

Grants, Referral,

Year Program was established