About Policy & Advocacy

NOSORH’s mission is to promote the capacity of SORH and their stakeholders to improve health care in rural America through leadership development, advocacy, education, & partnerships. Key issues which NOSORH addresses include funding and authorization for important rural programs, access to care, small hospitals and providers, rural workforce development, behavioral, oral health, emergency care, and broadband capacity. The policy activities of the organization are focused on the capacity of the SORH, and their state, community and provider partners that serve the nearly 57 million rural Americans. NOSORH efforts include advocacy and regulatory activities to ensure programs are appropriately suited to rural places and people.

NOSORH advocacy activities are primarily guided by the work of the NOSORH Policy Committee with advice and support from NOSORH’s Legislative Liaison. Any SORH staff is welcome to participate and bring issues to the NOSORH Policy Committee for response and action by the membership. NOSORH members may use the “Call for Action” form to bring issues to the attention of NOSORH.

NOSORH regulatory activities are informed by the insight from NOSORH members who serve on the Program Analysis and Response Committee (PARC) in association with our partner at Varela Consulting Group. The PARC regularly scans federal briefs, proposed regulations, and rural data to analyze the impact of proposed changes in light of the needs of rural populations, the role of states and other federal programs.

NOSORH “Call for Action” Form

“Call for Action” Form

NOSORH advocacy activities are primarily guided by the work of the NOSORH Policy Committee with advice and support from NOSORH’s legislative liaison. Any SORH staff is welcome to participate and may use the “Call for Action” form to bring issues to the attention of NOSORH.