Tom Morris is HRSA's associate administrator for rural health policy. In that role, he oversees the administrative and policy activities of the Office of Rural Health (ORHP) with its $174 million FY 2008 budget.
HRSA works to fill in the health care gaps for people who live outside the economic and medical mainstream. The agency uses its $7 billion annual budget (FY 2008) to expand access to quality health care through an array of grants to state and local governments, health care providers and health professions training programs.
Morris coordinates ORHP's response to policy issues, especially the impact of Medicare and Medicaid regulations on the rural health workforce and service delivery. As office director, he is responsible for 16 grant programs that focus on building rural health care capacity at the state and community level.
Morris came to the federal government in 1996 as a Presidential Management Intern, which led to details on a Federal Intra-Agency Telemedicine Committee, in the U.S. Senate, and at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Morris joined ORHP full time in 1998 and has worked in several capacities there, including his prior position as deputy director, and as policy coordinator and grants project officer.
Prior to joining the government, he was a reporter and editor covering health care and other issues at two daily newspapers in North Carolina.
Morris received his bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a master's in public administration with a concentration in community health from East Carolina University.