July 2019

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Nita Ham
Georgia State Office of Rural Health
Director, SORH Program
NOSORH Member Since 2014

Favorite thing about working at a SORH: My SORH team! We are all very passionate about our work and collaborate frequently to design projects that will increase access to health care and improve the quality of life in rural Georgia.

What I’m working on right now: The two most time consuming projects I’m currently working on are the Mobile Healthcare Access and Integration Pilot Study and the Rural Hospital Stabilization Grant Program.

If I weren’t doing this, I would be…managing a wildlife rehab center!

Best advice I ever received: Life is all about routine maintenance. Learn to enjoy the maintenance…it will improve your outlook on everything!

What I’m currently reading: Sacred Duty by Tom Cotton

People would be surprised if they knew: I can’t whistle! I just simply cannot do it, no matter how hard I try!

Who inspires you? My father has been my greatest inspiration my entire life. He passed away last year, but continues to influence my decisions every day.

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Nominate a 2019 Community Star!

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Nominate them as a 2019 Community Star!

At NOSORH, we are dedicated to bringing attention to the outstanding contributions of those who are working to improve health in rural America through leadership development, advocacy, education, and collaborative partnerships. We hope you will help us in our search for this year’s outstanding Community Stars in connection to the Power of Rural movement and National Rural Health Day (November 21, 2019).

As in year’s past, we’re asking our friends and partners to identify those who are making a positive health impact in their rural community, and to nominate them for consideration to be included in the 2019 Community Stars ebook, a publication released annually on National Rural Health Day!


This year, we’re issuing a challenge to our partners and stakeholders, asking that they help us reach the goal of featuring one Community Star (individuals, organization, or consortium) from each of the 50 states!

When you click the link below, you’ll be directed to a secure online nomination form located on the PowerofRural.org website. If you know of an individual or organization that we should shine a light on and celebrate this National Rural Health Day, please take just a few moments to nominate them by August 9, 2019.

Finally, please share this information with your contacts, asking them to nominate someone they know who is making a difference in rural health!

Register Now! 2019 Grant Writing Institute

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The NOSORH Grant Writing Institute features a series of nine online learning sessions covering every aspect of grant writing with a unique rural health focus. The series is intended for beginners seeking to gain the skills to research and draft winning proposals from various agencies.  

Class size is limited. Group discounts are available.

2019 Registration in Now Closed

Please contact Beth Kolf at bethk@nosorh.org for more information

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NOSORH Partnership Invitation 2019

NOSORH Mentoring Program Cultivates the Next Generation of Rural Health Leaders

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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 be paired with veteran SORH Directors or equivalents. The Mentoring Program requires that the Mentor and Mentee meet via phone at least two hours per month and is expected to last about 6 months. Mentees are also required to participate in a “NOSORH 101” webinar and attend the FORHP New SORH Orientation at FORHP offices. The Educational Exchange Scholarship may also be used in conjunction with the Mentoring Program to support a site visit between the Mentor and Mentee as pairs see fit.

With this launch, the NOSORH webpage for the Educational Exchange scholarships has been moved to a single Peer-Driven Resources page. This new comprehensive webpage features information on the Jim Bernstein mentoring philosophy, along with documents, applications and resources for the Mentoring and Educational Exchange scholarship programs. These guides and resources help ensure the mentoring experience is beneficial for all parties involved. If you’re looking for other opportunities for professional development, be sure to check out the Rural Health Leadership Institute and the SORH Proficiencies framework.

For more information or with questions, contact Chris Salyers, Education and Services Director, at chris.salyers@nosorh.org.

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Support NOSORH with New Partner Opportunities

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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 in” to the Power of Rural and NOSORH’s mission, increasing your reach and visibility on the rural stage. In addition to recognition at the NOSORH Annual Meeting, you will become a valued partner in National Rural Health Day on November 21 and gain recognition through the Power of Rural campaign.

All NOSORH partners are encouraged to submit a speaker proposal for the 2019 NOSORH Annual Meeting! The meeting will take place October 16-17 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, with all 50 State Offices of Rural Health in attendance. To submit a proposal, simply fill out this speaker form and click “submit” at the end. Proposals are due by Friday, June 7, 2019 at 5:00 pm ET.

Thank you in advance for your interest in supporting NOSORH’s mission. Contact Ashley Muninger at ashleym@nosorh.org for more information.

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“Plug in” to Partnership with NOSORH

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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 exciting ways to connect! The 2019 NOSORH Partnership Invitation outlines various levels of support, including a new opportunity to plan a customized concept as an Exclusive Partner in the NOSORH mission.

As you’ll see, NOSORH is exploring new approaches to building robust collaborative partnerships to improve the future of rural health. This is a chance to be a part of something bigger than an exhibit table or a “regular” sponsorship opportunity. Each level of support offers ways to connect you with new possibilities and increase your reach and visibility on the rural stage. In addition to recognition at the NOSORH Annual Meeting, you will become a valued partner in National Rural Health Day on November 21 and gain recognition through the activities developed to promote the #PowerofRural campaign.

“Plug in” to partnership with NOSORH and our mission as an investment in the health of rural America, the Power of Rural campaign and an opportunity to shine the light on the important work of rural health care! NOSORH greatly appreciates the support from partners over the years through various contributions. No matter what level of sponsorship you select, know that you will make a difference!

Please contact Ashley Muninger, ashleym@nosorh.org with any questions.

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April 2019

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Trenton Engledow
Texas State Office of Rural Health
NOSORH Member Since 2016

Favorite thing about working at a SORH: The people I get to work with every day.

What I’m working on right now: We are currently working on regionalizing our hospitals and restructuring TX SORH to leverage those regions/networks to implement our projects/technical assistance/outreach.

Best advice I ever received: You don’t have to know everything.

If I weren’t doing this, I would be…remodeling/flipping houses.

3 great things about rural health in my state: The people, the places, and the fact we are Texas! Yeehaw!

What I’m currently reading: I was going to read Teryl’s autobiography, but Graham gave me the CliffsNotes.

Last place I traveled to: Costa Rica

Who inspires you? People who are caring and understanding.

What’s your secret talent? According to a quiz I just took online, my secret talent is dancing. “Inaccurate” does not even begin to describe the results of that quiz.

People would be surprised if they knew: According to 23andMe, I have more Neanderthal DNA than 99% of their customers (maybe this won’t be a surprise to some).