The Director of the Office of Rural Health shall be the head of the Office. The Director of the Office of Rural Health shall be appointed by the Under Secretary of Health from among individuals qualified to perform the duties of the position.
(c)Functions.—The functions of the Office are as follows:
In cooperation with the medical, rehabilitation, health services, and cooperative studies research programs in the Office of Policy and the Office of Research and Development of the Veterans Health Administration, to assist the Under Secretary for Health in conducting, coordinating, promoting, and disseminating research into issues affecting veterans living in rural areas.
(d)Rural Health Resource Centers.—
There are, in the Office, veterans rural health resource centers that serve as satellite offices for the Office.
(2) The veterans rural health resource centers have purposes as follows:
To improve the understanding of the Office of the challenges faced by veterans living in rural areas.
To identify disparities in the availability of health care to veterans living in rural areas.
To formulate practices or programs to enhance the delivery of health care to veterans living in rural areas.