Improving the Health of Rural Texans
Since 1984

Our Mission

TRHA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose primary goal is to improve the health of rural Texans. Our members are dedicated to providing leadership on rural healthcare issues throughout Texas.

Member Benefits

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Find state & federal organizational support.

Mark Your Calendar

Meet those leading rural healthcare initiatives across Texas at a solution-oriented event.

Why Texas Rural Healthcare Matters


Total number of counties in Texas without a hospital.

See the list of critical access hospitals here >


Total number of counties in Texas without a primary care physician

The majority of rural hospitals are located in one of the state’s 139 federally designated Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) and 111 Medically Underserved Areas (MUAs)

Learn more about the Economic Impact of Rural Health Care.

For reliable news coverage on state healthcare issues, we recommend following the Texas Observer, State of Reform, and Texas Tribune. TRHA is also associated with the National Rural Health Association.

See more information regarding the state of rural healthcare

Texas Rural Health Basic Facts

Texas covers 261,797 square miles, with a 2020 estimated population of 29,527,941 people – 3,035,041 living in rural Texas (USDA-ERS). It ranks second among U.S. states in both area and population.

The Rural Health Care Crisis, Mapped

Rural Americans bear the brunt of the country’s doctor shortages—and in Texas, home to the largest rural population of any state, it’s especially acute.

Helpful Articles on Texas Healthcare

Looking for some informative articles on healthcare in the state of Texas? See more here from the Texas Observer.