COVID-19 Resources

With the growing COVID-19 concern brewing around us, here are some rural-relevant resources that might be helpful.Additional updates, resources and information will be added to this page as they become available...   Visit the CMS Current Emergencies landing page for...

Texas SORH Fosters Quality Champions in Rural Hospitals Across the State

To help rural Texas hospitals improve the quality of their healthcare, the Texas Office of Rural Health (TX SORH) is fostering “quality champions” in every region of the state. “In Texas we’re not immune to the high rate of turnover in our hospitals—which includes our...

Oregon ORH Offers New Resource on Telehealth Payment and Policy Changes During Pandemic

by Beth Blevins The Oregon Office of Rural Health (OORH) has created a new repository that houses state and federal telehealth policy and payment resources in response to rapidly evolving changes during the COVID-19 pandemic. COVID-19 Telehealth Policy and Payment for...

MPH Students Tackle Real-Life Problems at Oklahoma’s Critical Access Hospitals

By Beth Blevins Public health students at Oklahoma State University (OSU) are tackling real-life problems at Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) in the state. In collaboration with the Oklahoma Office of Rural Health (OORH), Master of Public Health (MPH) students...

New Fact Sheet Highlights National Rural Health Day Impact

National Rural Health Day continues to be successful because of support from our members and partners. NOSORH is proud of the reach and impact this program has year after year as we work to bring new programs, ideas, events, and opportunities to celebrate the...

National Rural Health Day A Great Success – Thanks to YOU!

The 9th annual National Rural Health Day (NRHD) was celebrated on November 21, 2019, with a record number of nationwide events held by State Offices of Rural Health, rural partners, communities, providers and other stakeholders. What began as an annual, single day of...

New Report Highlights the Health Status of Rural Missourians

Fifty-five counties in rural Missouri are now without a hospital. Death rates are higher for rural Missourians than urban in each of the top ten causes of death. These and other statistics are included in a new report that looks at the health status of rural...

New Issue Brief Highlights SORH SUD Work

by Beth Blevins Funding from HRSA’s Rural Communities Opioid Response Program (RCORP) program has helped several State Offices of Rural Health (SORHs) recently start—or strengthen—their work related to substance use disorder and opioid use disorder (S/OUD). Those who...

National Rural Health Day to Feature “The Providers” Documentary Screening, Live Web Event

National Rural Health Day (November 21) is quickly approaching! See what's in the works as the nation celebrates the Power of Rural! The Providers film screening and live web event- In honor of NRHD, the award-winning documentary film,  The Providers, will be made...

Primary Care Office Needs Assessments

State and territorial Primary Care Offices (PCOs) must complete a unique community-based health needs assessment as a component of their funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Bureau of Health Workforce (BHW), within the Department of...

NOSORH Mentoring Program Cultivates the Next Generation of Rural Health Leaders

NOSORH is excited to announce the relaunch of the NOSORH Mentoring Program and the newly designed Peer-Driven Resources webpage! The Mentoring Program builds upon the mentoring philosophy of Jim Bernstein, providing an opportunity for SORH Directors and equivalents to...

Support NOSORH with New Partner Opportunities

Your connection to NOSORH partnership opportunities awaits in the 2019 NOSORH Partnership Invitation. As you’ll see, NOSORH is exploring new ways to build collaborative partnerships to improve the future of rural health. Each level of support offers many ways to “plug...

“Plug in” to Partnership with NOSORH

  You’re invited to “Plug in” to the Power of Rural by partnering and sponsoring with NOSORH! Whether you’re a long-time friend and supporter of NOSORH and National Rural Health Day, or considering partnering for the very first time, there are plenty of new and...

State Offices Invited to Register for the Rural Health Leadership Institute

Registration is now open for the brand-new Learning to Lead: The Jim Bernstein SORH Leadership Institute! NOSORH designed this 12-part, online Institute exclusively for State Office of Rural Health (SORH) staff in current and future leadership positions. Inspired by...

Survey Results Detail SORH Scope of Work and Compensation

NOSORH surveyed State Offices of Rural Health in an effort to compile financial and compensation information as potential capacity indicators and to understand the scope of key position responsibilities across the nation. The “Scope of Work and Compensation Survey”...

Join us in Charleston for the National Rural EMS & Care Conference!

NOSORH, The National Association of State EMS Officials, The Joint Committee on Rural Emergency Care, and the South Carolina Office of Rural Health invite you to join them on April 17-18 in Charleston, South Carolina, for the 5th Annual National Rural EMS & Care...

National Rural Health Day a Nationwide Success

  National Rural Health Day (NRHD) was celebrated...

SORH Resources Available for NRHA Policy Institute

NOSORH has resources to help you and your state partners prepare for the National Rural Health Association Policy Institute being held February 4-7, 2019, in Washington, D.C. One-page state profiles, like this one from South Carolina, are available to help State...

Community Stars 2018

Those who dedicate their life’s work to rural health are extraordinary people whose contributions are deserving of recognition.  To honor our nation’s rural health leaders the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) is proud to present...

2018 NOSORH Awards Honor Rural Health Leaders

Congratulations to the 2018 NOSORH Award recipients! Awardees were honored at a ceremony during the NOSORH Annual Meeting in Cheyenne, Wyoming. A special thank you to the NOSORH Awards Committee, co-chaired by Margaret Brockman (NE) and Cathleen McElligott (MA)! We...

Rural Health in National Spotlight for National Rural Health Day

NOSORH, all 50 State Offices of Rural Health, their partners, sponsors, and community stakeholders are gearing up to celebrate the Power of Rural on November 15, 2018! It’s not too late to get involved with National Rural Health Day (NRHD) activities! Visit the...

Rural Health Data Institute Open to All: Secure Your Spot Today!

Are you looking to build your knowledge of rural health data? Do you want to know how to communicate data in a way that is easy to use? Registration is now open for the Fall 2018 cohort of the NOSORH Rural Health Data Institute (RHDI)! The RHDI is a set of eight...

NOSORH 2018 Sponsor Opportunities

Now is the perfect time to keep rural on your mind! Help us celebrate the Power of Rural. Explore Opportunities to Partner with NOSORH today! You’re invited to partner with NOSORH to help build the capacity of State Offices of Rural Health (SORH) and be an integral...

SORH Encouraged to Register for Rural Health Clinic Institute

The Rural Health Clinic Institute, a webinar series developed exclusively for State Offices of Rural Health (SORH), kicks off soon! SORH will learn about the needs of RHCs, compliance issues, how to support RHCs to do better billing and collection, ways to help clinics become innovative, and how to organize their efforts to be effective technical assistance providers for RHCs.

Rural Health Clinic Institute Registration Now Open

Register now for the Rural Health Clinic Institute, a 9-part webinar series developed by NOSORH to help State Offices of Rural Health (SORH) build capacity to provide technical assistance to clinics in their states. SORH will learn about the needs of RHCs, compliance...

Engaging State Offices of Rural Health and Rural Health Clinics in Value-Based Care

The NOSORH Rural Health Clinic (RHC) Committee has released the latest module in a series designed to assist State Offices of Rural Health with providing technical assistance for Rural Health Clinics (RHCs). Engaging State Offices of Rural Health and Rural Health...

2017 NOSORH Awards Honor State Office of Rural Health Leaders

Congratulations to this year’s NOSORH Award recipients! Special thanks goes to the NOSORH Awards Committee, co-chaired by Margaret Brockman (NE) and Cathleen McElligott (MA), and to Keith Clark (NV) for volunteering his time to take pictures of the awardees! We...

NOSORH Sponsor & Partner Opportunities

Click Here to Download PDF Version NOSORH invites you to explore a sponsorship level that meets your needs and to join us in showcasing your organization at the NOSORH Annual Meeting in Savannah, Georgia on September 6-7, 2017. With your support, you’ll become a...

NOSORH Policy Fact Sheet

A fact sheet on the request for increased appropriation for SORH is available here.  

The Branch, February 2017

National Rural EMS & Care Conference: Register Today The National Rural EMS & Care Conference has a compelling agenda planned that you don't want to miss! The conference will take place in Fargo, North Dakota on April 25-26, 2017. Invited attendees include...

The Branch, January 2017

A Message from the New President Happy New Year NOSORH friends! Thank you for your support in my new role as your NOSORH President. I am honored to serve you. Thank you, Scott Daniels, for your leadership over the last two years, and welcome to Melissa Van Dyne,...

Community Stars 2016

To celebrate National Rural Health Day and the 25th anniversary of the Federal State Office of Rural Health Program, NOSORH is proud to present “Community Stars”. This publication honors and gives a personal voice to rural people, providers, advocates, and communities...

iVantage Announces 2016 Performance Leadership Awards

On National Rural Health Day, iVantage Health Analytics (iVantage), a leading provider of performance management analytic tools for hospitals and health systems, has released the results of its analysis of rural hospital performance for the National Organization of...

EMS Grant Writing 101 Virtual Conference

EMS Grant Writing Virtual Conference Flyer Participants will be able to: Write a complete grant proposal Understand rural relevant data important to EMS agencies Identify viable funding opportunities and submit a complete proposal Click Here to Register

5th Annual National Rural Health Day Webinar Information

NRHD 2015 Webinar Flyer 11:30-12:00 PM EST Press Conference & Live Webcast: Introducing the Rural Health Information Hub Listen in as the Rural Assistance Center announces their launch as the Rural Health Information Hub. Speakers will discuss the reasons for the...

iVantage Celebrates National Rural Health Day!

        Celebrate National Rural Health Day! Our partner, iVantage Health Analytics, is a leading healthcare analytics company and their research is the driving force for determining this year’s top performing rural hospitals. Each year, iVantage...

The Real Doc Hollywood Resources

Do you have a healthcare provider in your state that exemplifies a "Real Doc Hollywood"? NOSORH would like to use National Rural Health Day to honor "Real Doc Hollywoods" or other healers  who have made a positive impact on their local community, brought services that...

Appropriation Increase for SORH – Contact Your Partners and Legislators

Hello all – I hope that you all know that one of our top priorities at NOSORH is to increase the funding for SORH.  That effort started anew during the NRHA Policy Institute but needs follow up now that it is “appropriations season” in Congress. You may recall that...

Chuck Lail February 2015

What is the most important thing you are working on right now? The number one challenge for our state continues to be access.  We have tremendous unmet need.  We are 1 of the 5 poorest states and have some of the worst health indicators.  To add to this, we have had...

The Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Program Reaches Sweet 16

Monday, October 27, 2014 The Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Program Reaches Sweet 16 By Sally Buck, CEO It is an exciting time for the Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility (Flex) Program state grantees and partners as we recognize the program has reached its sweet...

Learning More About Access to Oral Health

On April 28-30, I had the opportunity to attend the National Oral Health Conference in Fort Worth, Texas. This meeting was an eye-opening opportunity! I learned a lot about oral health issues and many ways in which State Offices of Rural Health (SORH) and oral health providers can collaborate to improve access to oral health care in rural communities. I highly recommend this conference if you ever have the chance to attend or, better yet, give a presentation about oral health projects that you are working on.

Region E Pre-Meeting and SORH Regional Partnership Meeting 2021

Mobile Integrated Health and Community ParamedicineEMS agencies across the nation, of all sizes and types are partnering with hospitals, primary care physicians, nurses, and mental health and social services providers on innovative programs that navigate patients to...

Rural Health Policy Update

House Releases FY 22 Appropriations Schedule:When Congress returns from the Fourth of July Holiday, the House Appropriations Committee will vote on their fiscal year (FY) 2022 spending bill.  The Labor-HHS Subcommittee is scheduled to meet on July 12, where the bill...

Region A Pre-Meeting and SORH Regional Partnership Meeting 2021

The Rural/ Oral Connection in Pennsylvania: Access and Workforce PlanningThe PA Coalition for Oral Health is a statewide coalition that focuses on improving the oral health of all Pennsylvanians. PA is a state with a large rural population, both in numbers and...

June 2021

Lela ShepardFlorida Office of Rural HealthDirectorNOSORH Member since 2019 What are you working on right now: What am I not working on. What led you to a career in rural health? Happy accident. Favorite thing about working at a SORH: Everyone is so generous with their...

Region D Pre-Meeting and SORH Regional Partnership Meeting 2021

Closing the Gap: Public Libraries and Public HealthSmall and rural public libraries have great potential to contribute to cross-sector public health collaboration. During the COVID-19 Pandemic, small and rural public libraries worked with health departments to address...

Webinar: Cost Reporting 101 for SORH (6/15/2021)

Webinar Recording Slides

Webinar: RHC Vaccine Confidence Grants (6/14/2021)

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Webinar: From Volume to Value: Impact on Rural Providers and SORH Transition Assistance (06/08/2021)

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New COVID-19 Funding and Resources – Providing a Little Something for Everyone

Many new COVID-19 funding programs and resources have been recently introduced. HRSA’s Expanding COVID-19 Response in Rural Communities through Rural Health Clinics web page introduces three current funding opportunities geared toward CMS-certified Rural Health...