2020 Community Star Nominations Now Open!

Calling for a National Focus on the People Inspiring the Power of Rural Movement!

Help us in our nationwide search for this year’s inspiring Community Stars in connection to the Power of Rural movement and National Rural Health Day 2020. As in year’s past, we’re asking our rural health partners and stakeholders 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 2020 Community Stars book! This annual publication will be released on National Rural Health Day – November 19, 2020.

In 2019, NOSORH received over one hundred nominations representing 44 states. Help us reach our goal of featuring 1 Community Star (individual, organization or consortium) from each of the 50 states!

If you know of an individual or organization that we should shine a light on and celebrate this National Rural Health Day, please nominate them by August 7, 2020.


To learn more about Community Stars, read past books, browse FAQs and more, visit www.powerofrural.org/community-stars/


SORH COVID-19 Response

In response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, NOSORH is hosting weekly listening sessions with the 50 State Offices of Rural Health to identify the challenges and opportunities that SORH are hearing from their constituents. These reports document the resulting identified rural challenges and concerns, innovative rural strategies, opportunities for collaboration, needed rural resources, and identified areas of concern or suggestions for SORH-managed federal programs.

Peer-Identified Resources

Communications and Stakeholder Outreach

Workforce Resources


Rural Community-based Responses

Grants Management

Rural Health Care Infrastructure

Data Tools

Looking to share your rural successes, challenges or concerns? Rural stakeholders can send an email directly to HRSA at RuralCOVID-19@hrsa.gov


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COVID 19 FAQs Cleared 04.01.2020


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New Fact Sheet Highlights National Rural Health Day Impact

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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 #PowerofRural – 2019 was no exception!

Below you’ll find a new fact sheet that highlights the impact of National Rural Health Day 2019 at the local, state and national level. Check it out!

National Rural Health Day Impact Fact Sheet

Mark your calendar for Thursday, November 20, and stay tuned for the roll out of resources for the 2020 National Rural Health Day and Power of Rural campaign!

Thank you for all you do to transform this moment into a movement!

Enroll Now in the 2020 Rural Health Data Institute

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NOSORH is excited to announce that registration is now open for the 2020 Rural Health Data Institute (RHDI)! Designed to establish a minimum data-use skill set for rural health stakeholders, RHDI is a weekly series of eight, 90-minute webinars held Tuesdays from May 12 -June 30.

Participation in the RHDI is available to all rural health stakeholders that could benefit from advancing their data-use skills. Former participants have included State Offices of Rural Health, state governmental agencies, academic institutions, community coalitions and more. The curriculum for RHDI is designed for those with limited, or no, knowledge of the data use process, and will not cover advanced topics (i.e., rural suppression strategies, etc.).

Institute Key Dates:
Registration: OPEN NOW
Registration closes: May 1, 2020
Access to course materials: May 5, 2020
Institute starts: May 12, 2020
Institute ends: June 30, 2020Click here for more information and examples of past infographic fact sheets from graduates. Please contact Chris Salyers, NOSORH Education and Services Director, at chris.salyers@nosorh.org or (734) 881-9551 with any questions.

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Rural Health Data Institute

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The Rural Health Data Institute (RHDI) is a series of educational webinars designed to establish a minimum data-use skill set for those working with rural health data. The sessions are designed for those with little or no knowledge of the data use process.

RHDI starts by throwing the term “research” out the window and defining terms in a way that everybody can understand. It moves through the process of collecting your data, cleaning it up, and analyzing it in a way that makes sense. Later sessions help participants work through the steps of crafting their messaging and displaying it in a visualized way so other people can understand it too. By doing very small “homework” assignments aligned to the data use process, participants will end the RHDI with a one-page infographic fact sheet.

The Institute is open to rural health professionals, including clinical, administrative and academic personnel.

Attendees will participate in 8 live, weekly webinars with supplemental reading and optional homework assignments. Session surveys and a final evaluation are required.

Due to COVID-19, the 2020 Spring Data Institute has been postponed. We hope to be able to offer it again later this year.

Contact Chris Salyers, NOSORH Education & Services Director, at chris.salyers@nosorh.org for additional information.

Exit Report 2019

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NRHD Exit Report 2019