About Georgia Rural Health Association

Georgia Rural Health Association (GRHA) is the oldest state rural health association in the country. Founded in 1981, this nonprofit network of healthcare providers, educators, and individuals is united in its commitment to improve the health and healthcare services of rural Georgians. GRHA understands that the rural areas in our state are unique and differ greatly from urban areas in our state. These rural communities, and those who provide healthcare services to them, require educational programs and support tailored to their specific needs.

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Mission Statement

GRHA is an innovative for rural health organization that strives to promote and improve the health and well-being of rural Georgia through advocacy, awareness, and health equity by leveraging and aligning partnerships.

The Association's mission includes:

Promoting rural health as a distinct concern in Georgia

Serving as an advocate for rural health by promoting improved health status, healthcare systems, and health-related education for rural Georgians.

Encouraging the development of appropriate healthcare resources for residents of rural Georgia

To accomplish this mission, GRHA acts as a conduit for the exchange and distribution of information intended to improve health outcomes and preserve health services throughout rural Georgia.

Meet Some of Our Board Members

A team dedicated to serve you to promote and improve rural health in Georgia.

Lloyd Sirmons

Lloyd Sirmons

GRHA Executive Director

Erin Mundy

Erin Mundy

GRHA President

Augusta University
Director of Community Based Training Programs

Carla Belcher

GRHA Treasurer

Community Health Care Systems


Poverty rates for rural counties exceed those in urban counties by 58%


The number of physicians per capita in rural counties is half of the one in urban areas. There are also dramatic shortages of nurses, therapists, and nutritionists.

Other Rural Health Facts

  • The crude death rate is higher in rural areas than the urban county rate. From Georgia Center for Rural Health and Research.

  • Lower educational levels found in rural counties contribute to poverty and handicap the individual and family in making health decisions.