Committee Clips

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NOSORH committees are great focal points for engaging in many NOSORH initiatives.  Descriptions of all committees and contact information can be found on the NOSORH website.

Educational Exchange- The committee met on August 20th at their new time of 3:00pm ET. The group focused their efforts on the best way to work with SORH on completing the SORH Proficiencies self-assessment tool. Be sure to check the NOSORH calendar for upcoming webinars supported by the committee. Our next meeting will be held on September 17th at the new time of 3:00pm ET.

RHC Committee- During the August meeting, the RHC Committee examined the CMS proposed rule for the Physician Fee Schedule specific to Rural Health Clinics with presentations provided by Wakina Scott of FORHP and Nathan Baugh of NARHC. An overview of the Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Facilitator Training provided in partnership of the Louisiana State Office of Rural Health and The Compliance Team (TCT). Tracie Ingram, LA SORH, and Kate Hill, TCT, presented the recap to the committee. TCT is the newest CMS endorsed PCMH Accreditation Body. Finally, the RHC Committee will host the Chronic Care Management for Rural Provider webinar with a Medicare focus presented by Captain Corinne Axelrod of CMSon Wednesday, September 19at 2 PM ET.

Communications- The committee has been working on new resources for NRHD and is excited to be announcing the slate of NRHD webinars in the coming weeks.

Policy Committee – The August meeting of the Policy Committee included updates on the efforts for SORH reauthoriziation. Hall Render is strategizing with leadership to push for a vote on the House version of the SORH reauthorization bill (HR 5641). The committee heard an update from FORHP including information on CY 2019 Proposed Rule for Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System.

Policy Program Monitoring Team- The August meeting included a review of recent State health coverage initiatives and PPACA related court cases. The team also discussed and formulated points for responding to CMS Request for Information on the Stark Law. The team plans to review comments on telemedicine reimbursement and AC0 definitions this month.

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Support NOSORH Through New Sponsorship and Partner Opportunities

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NOSORH is in search of partners to help build the capacity of State Offices of Rural Health (SORH) and be an integral part of National Rural Health Day! Various sponsorship levels are available to meet your needs and provide a platform to showcase your organization at the NOSORH Annual Meeting on October 17-18 in Cheyenne, WY. The Annual Meeting brings together over 150 attendees, including representation from all 50 SORH staff, and partners from across the country who are dedicated to improving access to quality rural health care. Don’t miss this opportunity to network, share resources, and create collaborative solutions.

To learn more about the levels of sponsorship and how you can help NOSORH, visit the Sponsor Prospectus page. Click here to sign up to be a sponsor/exhibitor.

NOSORH greatly appreciates the support from partners over the years through various sponsorship contributions. No matter what level of sponsorship you select, know that your contributions will make a difference!

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National Rural Health Day Toolkits Available to Help You Celebrate!

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Each year NOSORH, all 50 State Offices of Rural Health, their partners, sponsors, and community stakeholders set aside the third Thursday of November (November 15, 2018) to celebrate National Rural Health Day (NRHD). Whether you’ve already made plans or are just starting to think about it, there are plenty of ways to get involved! Visit the website for the latest news and events happening throughout the country to celebrate the #PowerofRural!

Here are some ways to join the Power of Rural movement:

  • Download the NRHD Starter Toolkit for SORH! This resource, developed for State Offices of Rural Health, contains comprehensive toolkits as well as stand-alone educational and promotional items (coloring books, social media posts, postcards, etc.) that support this year’s NRHD efforts.
  • Check out the 2018 NRHD Engagement Toolkit! This easy-to-use online toolkit features resources designed especially for community stakeholders, including hospitals, clinics, first responders, and others who serve the health needs of rural communities. It includes display advertising, social media, public service announcement and media release templates, and much more! These NRHD tools will enhance outreach efforts to schools, churches, local media outlets, and community businesses.
  • Invite rural hospitals, health clinics, etc. in your state to host a free Walk with a Doc community walk on NRHD. Walk with a Doc is a fun and easy way to engage communities in better health and celebrate the Power of Rural. Click here to learn how to host a walk.
  • Take the Pledge at and commit to four specific calls to action: Innovate, Educate, Collaborate & Communicate!
  • Follow NOSORH on Facebook and Twitter and help us expand our NRHD reach by liking, sharing, and retweeting posts! Click here for free NRHD social media graphics. Don’t forget to use the #powerofrural in every post and encourage your partners to do the same.
  • Stay tuned for more information on this year’s lineup of live, 30-minute webinars that will be featured throughout the day on NRHD.
  • How will you celebrate? has a place for you to share your plans for NRHD.

The success of NRHD depends on active engagement from all SORHs and partners! Visit for more ideas! Contact Ashley Muninger for more information.

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Go “Beyond the Basics” With NEW On-Demand Grant Writing Course

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NOSORH’s Grant Writing Institute—Beyond the Basics is now on-demand! This course is designed for individuals looking for education beyond the introductory or beginning level. This is the only grant education of its kind focused on rural health grant writers. Topics will include learning communication strategies to connect with funders, using work plans to meet basic grant reporting, understanding how to create meaningful evaluation tools, and how to use data. Past participation in NOSORH’s Grant Writing Institute is not required.

To view the brochure, please click here.

To register, click here.

For more information, contact Tammy Norville at

NOSORH 2018 Sponsor Opportunities

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Now is the perfect time to keep rural on your mind! Help us celebrate the Power of Rural.
Explore Opportunities to Partner with NOSORH today!

You’re invited to partner with NOSORH to help build the capacity of State Offices of Rural Health (SORH) and be an integral part of National Rural Health Day! Explore a sponsorship level that meets your needs and showcase your organization at the NOSORH Annual Meeting in Cheyenne, Wyoming, on October 17-18, 2018. The Annual Meeting brings together over 150 attendees, including representation from all 50 SORH staff and partners from across the country who are dedicated to improving access to quality rural health care.

When you partner with NOSORH, you’re helping to support state stakeholders working on the front lines. Rural health is vital to sustaining rural communities in America. The significant contributions of the 50 SORH are critical to help meet the challenges facing 60% of our Nation’s counties. No other resource does the collective work of a SORH. In every state, and with lean funding, SORHs work to develop and deliver long-term solutions designed to help strengthen rural health.  No matter what level of sponsorship you select, know that your contributions will make a difference!

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April 2018

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Heather Anderson
Virginia State Office of Rural Health
Division Director of Primary Care & Rural Health
NOSORH Member Since 2015

What I’m working on right now: The Flex funding extension and hiring a Flex coordinator.

My Top 3 Goals for 2018: Survive my son’s wedding, travel somewhere awesome for my 30th wedding anniversary, and keep a cleaner desk at home and work!

Best advice I ever received: Don’t let the sun go down on your anger.

Favorite thing about working at a SORH: The people. Everyone is so interesting and committed to making their world a better place.

3 great things about rural health in my state: There are pockets of greatness everywhere. Our CAHs are pretty awesome, we have great providers that work hard to make a difference in their communities, and traveling to meet with everyone takes me to breathtakingly beautiful places!

If I weren’t doing this, I would…probably be running an AHEC Program or promoting my husband’s art work full time.

What I’m currently reading: I wish I were reading something. Instead, I am working on projects for my son’s wedding in August. I’m gathering family recipes for a cookbook and putting together a slide show.

People would be surprised if they knew: I used to sing in a quartet and sang the national anthem at a baseball game on the 4th of July.

Kansas Rural Health Grant Writing Workshop

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KS Grant Workshop Flyer

March 2018

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Julie Casper
Illinois Center for Rural Health
NOSORH Member Since 1996

What I’m working on right now: Today I am working on a mental health conference that is March 20th, an opioid conference on June 27th, and a new competitive SLRP grant.

Who inspires you? My friends and family, including my NOSORH family.

Favorite quote: “The way you do one thing, is how you do everything.”

Favorite thing about working at a SORH: Every day is different in our SORH. Kind of like a box of candy. I never know what the flavor of the day will be.

3 great things about rural health in my state: The people with whom I work, the communities I am able to serve, and the mission I can promote to increase access in rural.

If I weren’t doing this, I would be… outside as much as possible! Probably walking, gardening and playing with my dogs.

Last place I traveled to: Carefree, Arizona

People would be surprised if they knew: I used to have a Harley and still have my motorcycle license.

Committee Clips

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NOSORH committees are great focal points for engaging in many NOSORH initiatives.  Descriptions of all committees and contact information can be found on the NOSORH website.

JCREC-  On the Joint Committee on Rural Emergency Care several states shared their activities: Minnesota on the challenges of an aging volunteer EMS force, Georgia on their success in Medicaid proposals on EMS in the state, and New Mexico on identifying data sets for Tribal health. NRHA has also developed an EMS Policy Paper that will be made available soon.

Board – The NOSORH Board of Directors will meet in March to review a first draft logic model which will provide a framework for NOSORH’s next strategic plan. Graham Adams (SC) has been appointed to lead a “Futures” task force to provide insight for the strategic plan on the role of the SORH in the future and to consider NOSORH services to ensure SORH are able to thrive in the new environment.

Executive– The Executive Committee met last month to plan some of the actions for moving forward with a 2018-2021 Strategic Plan. Melissa Van Dyne, NOSORH President, has appointed a task force to review NOSORH’s committee structure and governance. In addition, the committee is planning to conduct a review of the Executive Director salary structure.

Flex – The Flex committee has been re-purposed to allow for a simple dialogue among Flex coordinators and other SORH who have an interest in Flex issues. Meetings will no longer be recorded, and the agenda will be driven by discussion items provided to committee co-chairs Jody Ward (NC) and John Packham(NV). Last month, the committee began by considering and discussing how the Flex program could be used to respond to community and CAH needs to support primary care, address population health and social determinants of health.

PPMT –The Policy Program Monitoring Team has released a listing of essential community providers in each state. SORH and their partners are encouraged to check the list and provide feedback. A series of webinar/discussion sessions are being planned to look at state policies to ensure access to care. The committee met last month to review the 340 B Study released by the House Energy and Commerce committee, Medicaid waivers, and short term duration health plans. The committee meets the 4th Wednesday of every month at 3 PM eastern. All SORH should consider joining the call for regular updates on policy and program changes.

RHC – The Rural Health Clinic committee met last month and heard from NOSORH partners at the Compliance Team, the Southern Maine Rural Health Research Centers, the National Association of Rural Health Clinics regarding issues of concern for RHC including survey requirements, and the National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services RHC report. The committee serves as an advisory group and faculty for the upcoming Rural Health Clinic Institute for SORH.

Education Exchange – The Education Exchange committee met for a combined January and February meeting on February 5th, 2018. The committee began discussing opportunities for education related to “health and wellness”, led by co-chair Natalie Claiborne as a follow up to the January NOSORH Board meeting. An educational fact sheet/issue brief on Medicare Advantage plans is currently being drafted. The next EE committee meeting will be March 19, 2018 at 4:00pm ET.

Communications–  The Communications Committee met to provide recommendations on the new Roots newsletter template created in Constant Contact. The Committee will begin discussing initial plans for National Rural Health Day 2018.

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Rural Health Clinic Institute Registration Deadline Approaching

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Registration for the Rural Health Clinic Institute, a webinar series developed exclusively for State Offices of Rural Health (SORH), closes March 16! SORH will learn about the needs of RHCs, compliance issues, how to support RHCs to do better billing and collection, ways to help clinics become innovative, and how to organize their efforts to be effective technical assistance providers for RHCs.

There will be an optional face-to-face Institute “Kick-Off” session at the National Association of Rural Health Clinics (NARHC) Spring Institute in San Antonio on March 18. This two-hour workshop serves as a primer for SORH to gain a basic understanding of RHCs. NOSORH will then launch the Institute webinars on April 3.

View the RHC Institute flyer for more details and an outline of the curriculum.

Click here to register for the Institute. Registration ends March 16 and class size is limited. The registration fee is $500.

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