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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

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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 for more information.

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NC Performance Measures

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PPMD MATRIX FY2020 (19-20) Version 1.1

“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, 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).

March 2019

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Terri Klinefelter
Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health
Outreach Coordinator
NOSORH Member Since 2003

Favorite thing about working at a SORH: Meeting so many people dedicated to improving the lives of others (especially those in rural communities).

What I’m working on right now: Coordinating PORH’s annual Community and Public Health conference and planning a new conference as part of a new initiative focused on addressing human trafficking.

Best advice I ever received: Change is hard…not changing is harder.

If I weren’t doing this, I would be…lost in the world.

Last place I traveled to: Nags Head, NC

Who inspires you? My husband and my two sons.

What I’m currently reading: “Educated” by Tara Westover

What’s your secret talent? Killings spiders on behalf of my husband.

Favorite quote: “Don’t be afraid to see what you see.” – Ronald Reagan

February 2019

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Holli Childs
Utah Office of Primary Care & Rural Health
Senior Research Analyst
NOSORH Member Since 2017

Favorite thing about working at a SORH: I love being able to interact with the people who live in rural communities and increase my understanding of the challenges they face.

Best advice I ever received: From the associate dean at my MPH graduation, “Get your foot in the door.”

If I weren’t doing this, I would be…sledding with my daughter, traveling the world, or reading a cheesy romance novel.

Who inspires you? My mom.

What I’m currently reading: I just finished “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks”.

What’s your secret talent? Tap dancing.

Favorite quote: “We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.” -Martin Luther King, Jr.

Call for Speakers! 2019 NOSORH Meetings

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Call for Presentations

The National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) invites you to partner with us in delivering high-quality educational opportunities to the State Offices of Rural Health (SORH) throughout 2019.  NOSORH hosts five regional partnership meetings and one national meeting of the SORH each year, aimed at enhancing the ability of SORH to deliver technical assistance to rural communities in their state.

While all proposals are encouraged, we are particularly looking for submissions that are future-focused and encourage cross-sector collaboration. The NOSORH planning committee is prioritizing proposals that include collaborative partnerships with at least one SORH, and proposals that incorporate interactive discussion components.

Click here to access the Call for Proposal form:

Proposal forms are due to NOSORH by March 1, 2019 (with anticipated extension for annual meeting presentations) and emailed to

If you have any questions about the content of the submission, please contact Chris Salyers at or 734.881.9551

January 2019

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Katie Reuman
Rural Health Specialist
South Dakota Office of Rural Health
NOSORH Member Since 2016

What I’m working on right now: The South Dakota Office of Rural Health is currently working on Auto HPSA Impact Analysis, Flex grant docs, 340B contract amendments, reviewing J-1 applications, and conducting community assessments.

Best advice I ever received: Control the things I could and deal with those I couldn’t.

Last place I traveled to: I traveled to Utah for the Regional SORH Meeting. I extended my stay to hike and explore Lake Powell, Antelope Canyon, The Wave, and Grand Staircase-Escalante. In February, my husband and I plan to spend 12 days in New Zealand!

Who inspires you? My mom teaches me many lessons with the way she lives her life. She has shown me what it means to be a strong woman and the importance of setting goals and achieving them.

What I’m currently reading: The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

Favorite quote: Always make your past self jealous!