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 recognition has grown to be a national conversation and movement! On November 21 alone, the #PowerofRural trended on Twitter with over 3,400 tweets and 16 million impressions, surpassing 2018’s numbers by 9 million impressions! The week of NRHD saw an astounding 19.8 million impressions and close to 5,000 tweets!
NOSORH was honored to release the 2019 Community Stars e-book on NRHD. This year’s publication (also available for purchase in a new hard copy format) features the inspiring stories of individuals and organizations from 44 different states who are working every day to make a difference in their rural communities through innovation, collaboration, education and communication. Close to 100 nominations were received, so thank you to all who took the time to nominate a deserving rural health hero. Please be sure to take a moment to read these incredible stories and be sure to shine a light on your state’s star!
There was no shortage of opportunities to celebrate the Power of Rural this year. Featured activities included a two-week screening of the award-winning documentary film The Providers, a weeklong lineup of events hosted by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy and other national agencies and organizations, Walk with a Doc walks, and a call to action to post the #PowerofRural at 11:21 in each time zone to create a coast-to-coast virtual conversation. The Rural Medical Education (RME) Collaborative partnered with NOSORH to host a free online CME event on November 23 for rural primary care clinicians. Hundreds of providers participated in this unique, inaugural event. NOSORH also hosted a live webinar discussion with The Providers documentary filmmakers and Matthew Probst, PA-C, one of three rural health care providers featured in the film. The recording can be found here on the NOSORH website. Additionally, NOSORH and the RHIhub co-hosted the Twitter chat “Access to Funding for Rural Health Projects”, featuring special guests from HRSA, USDA Rural Development, Healthcare Collaborative of Rural Missouri, American Hospital Association, Rural Philanthropy Analysis Project, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and Helmsley Charitable Trust Rural Healthcare. Click here for a transcript of the chat and resources shared.
Along with the multitude of events promoted by national partners, all 50 State Offices of Rural Health across the country took part in NRHD activities, including obtaining 25 gubernatorial proclamations. State Offices conducted site visits, held contests, presented rural health awards, reached out to policymakers, produced videos, hosted The Providers screening parties, held rural health conferences and meetings, presented to medical students, engaged in social media conversations, and much more.
As always, NOSORH greatly appreciates the support and engagement of nationwide partners and the 50 State Offices of Rural Health! Your support helps NRHD receive broader national attention and reach new audiences to bring even more awareness to the amazing work being done in rural and underserved areas. Let’s work together to keep the Power of Rural momentum going throughout 2020! Mark your calendar for Thursday, November 19, 2020, and join NOSORH for the 10th annual National Rural Health Day.
Congratulations to the 2019 NOSORH Award recipients! Awardees were honored at a ceremony during the NOSORH Annual Meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on October 17.
A special thank you to the NOSORH Awards Committee, co-chaired by Margaret Brockman (NE) and Cathleen McElligott (MA)! We appreciate all who took the time to submit a nomination!
SORH Award of Excellence
Arizona Center for Rural Health
“In addition to improving access to quality health care services, this SORH is deeply focused on social justice and health equity. They demonstrate a true dedication to reducing the health disparities of the deeply disenfranchised and impoverished families and individuals in their bi-cultural and bi-national communities. They have also been working with state and local health and social services organizations to address such important and timely topics as the opioid epidemic, human trafficking, adverse childhood experiences, women’s health, innovative telemedicine use, border health issues, American Indian access to care, and behavior change for social good.”
Emerging Leader Award:
Kathryn Miller, Wisconsin Office of Rural Health
“While Kathryn is not new to her position as a Flex Coordinator, and her coworkers have always seen her excellent work up close, in the last few years she has emerged on both a state and national level as someone others recognize and look to for leadership. As a leader, she is collaborative: she’s quick to help someone with questions, and lend her assistance on a project. She’s strategic: she keeps a real-time tally of invoices and payments on two federal grants for over 60 hospitals, so she knows which projects are withering and can reach out to add extra support, or see eventual failures coming and take action. And she’s able to flow with changes: as the Flex program has shifted to a primary focus on quality, added layers of measurement and evaluation, and as our purchasing department rolls out new requirements and documentation monthly, she rises to the continuing changes and keeps everything moving forward and the quality high.”
The James D. Bernstein Mentoring Award:
Roslyn Council, New Jersey Office of Rural Health
“Roslyn’s calming presence and warm nature drew me in – her knowledge, support of the region, and expertise have been invaluable to me. Over the past year, she has taken me under her wing and showed me how to be a regional representative. Roslyn has been so supportive, from answering questions or reaching out to check in. Her ability to listen, observe, and understand the needs of those around her is incredible and it makes her capacity to mentor so effective. I am certain there are many of us who have benefited from her work in public health over the years.”
The Distinguished Andrew W. Nichols Rural Health Advocate Award and the Legislator of the Year Award will be announced at a later date.
The National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH), its Federal, state, nonprofit, and other partners, invite all those who live, work, visit or return to their roots in rural America to thank rural health professionals and celebrate the Power of Rural on November 21, 2019. The “key messages” for National Rural Health Day include: 1.) Rural America is fueling an innovative rural health infrastructure; 2.) Rural America is a great place for mission-minded health professionals to provide individualized care; and 3.) Rural America offers a beautiful and challenging landscape, requiring unique approaches.
It’s not too late to get involved with National Rural Health Day (NRHD) activities! Visit the PowerofRural.org website for the latest news and events happening throughout the country.
Below are some fun, easy ways to “plug in” to the Power of Rural this month:
Spotlight the #PowerofRural on Social Media
Follow NOSORH on Facebook/Twitter and use the #PowerofRural in every post (and encourage others to do the same)! Download social media graphics from the toolkits. Click here to put a National Rural Health Day frame on your Facebook Profile Pic!
Join our Thunderclap
Help us amplify the #PowerofRural by joining the nationwide NRHD Thunderclap! Tweet the #PowerofRural at 11:21 am (in your timezone) on 11.21.19!
NOSORH/RHIhub Twitter Chat on Funding
RHIhub and NOSORH are co-hosting a NRHD Twitter Chat “Access to Funding for Rural Health Projects”. Join the discussion at 1:00 pm ET on November 21 by using the hashtag #RuralHealthChat!
NEW-“Key Messages and Data Points” Publication
NOSORH is excited to offer a brand new “Key Messages & Data Points” electronic publication for National Rural Health Day! The document features rural-relevant data under 3 National Rural Health Day key messages. Click here to view and download.
The Providers film screening
This year’s National Rural Health Day will feature a special two-week screening (November 7-21) of the award-winning documentary, The Providers. The film is set against the backdrop of the physician shortage and opioid epidemic in rural America and follows three healthcare providers and their patients. Encourage your clinics, hospitals, office, etc to host a screening of the film as a way to celebrate NRHD! Click here to register.
Live web event featuring The Providers
A live NRHD web event titled “The Art of Telling Your Power of Rural Story”, will be held on November 21 at 2:00 pm ET. Join this insightful discussion with Anna Moot-Levin, one of the film’s producers, and featured provider, Matt Probst, PA-C, from El Centro Family Health. Together, they will offer participants a window into the world of making the film and discuss the importance of storytelling to inspire more collaboration and innovation that leads to positive change, improves rural health outcomes and perceptions, and more. Registrants of the film screening and web event will be given a “Providers Discussion Guide” as a framework for having meaningful conversations about the film’s central themes. Additionally, registered participants can pose questions in advance of the web event. Click here to register.
Community Stars – Now taking pre-orders for hardcopy book!
Stay tuned for the release of the 2019 Community Stars e-book on November 21! This year’s publication will feature the inspiring stories of “Stars” from 44 different states who are making a big impact on rural health! Also, for the first time, the Community Stars book will be available in electronic and hardcopy format! Pre-order your hardcopy book today!
NRHD Toolkits available for free resources!
The PowerofRural website has easy-to-use online toolkits with resources designed for community stakeholders, including hospitals, clinics, first responders, and others who serve the health needs of rural communities. Toolkits includes logos, display advertising, social media, public service announcement and media release templates, and much more! We encourage you to share these tools widely with your partners. You can even make the tools your own by adding your logo and URL.
Rural Health Clinical Congress- Free CME Event for Rural Providers- Nov 23
In partnership with NOSORH, RME Collaborative is proud to offer the 2019 Rural Health Clinical Congress (RHCC)! The RHCC is designed to take the distance out of learning, providing high-level, practical education for rural healthcare professionals through a virtual learning environment. This free, multi-topic CME/CE event is specifically for primary care clinicians and registered nurses who care for patients in rural and underserved areas. The RHCC will take place on Saturday, November 23, and feature a comprehensive curriculum covering clinical, practice management, and patient-centric topics, including diabetes, heart failure, asthma, teledermatology, and dyslipidemia. The program will be delivered by rural and clinical experts through an interactive, engaging virtual platform. Click here to learn more and register for this unique continuing education event!
Walk with a Doc on 11.21.19
Invite rural hospitals, health clinics, and communities in your state to host a free Walk with a Doc event on NRHD. Walk with a Doc is a fun and easy way to engage communities in better health while celebrating the Power of Rural!
Nationwide Activities to Note
Organizations and agencies from around the country are hosting their own National Rural Health Day Events, including the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy! Be sure to check out their schedule of events and make plans to participate!
The Chartis Center for Rural Health will announce the 2019 Performance Leadership Awards on NRHD. Based on the results of the Hospital Strength INDEX from iVantage Health Analytics, the 2019 Performance Leadership Awards reflect top quartile performance among all rural hospitals in the United States in either Quality, Outcomes or Patient Perspective. The Chartis Center for Rural Health will be reaching out to SORH this week with a link to this year’s award winners and marketing resources.
Share Your Plans!
We want to hear from you! Are you planning an event on NRHD? Do you have a unique idea you’d like to share with us? During the weeks leading up to NRHD 2019, your event will be shown on the Power of Rural website. Click here to submit your plans.
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.
KNOW SOMEONE MAKING A POSITIVE IMPACT?
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!
HELP US REACH OUR GOAL
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!
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 email@example.com for more information
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com for more information.