NRHD 2018 Schedule of Events

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NOSORH Webinar- Policy and the Power of Rural from
11:00-11:30 am ET
This conversation will focus on the current and future work of rural health policy, how rural citizens can communicate with policymakers and their communities to make an impact on rural health, and the impact of a changing Congress. Click  here to join the webinar.

RHI Hub Twitter Chat on Access
12:00-1:00 pm ET
Join the RHIhub and NOSORH on National Rural Health Day to discuss access to health care in rural areas and the impact of a lack of access for rural people. Discussion will also focus on specific barriers to access, solutions to those barriers, and celebrating rural communities that have tackled this problem in meaningful ways. Everyone is welcome to follow along and jump in with comments, questions, and any information on Rural Access to Healthcare that they would like to share. Use the hashtag #RuralHealthChat to join. Click for more information

FORHP Webinar on HIN Network with CMS
1:00-2:00 pm ET
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will host a webinar to highlight examples of Hospital Improvement Innovation Network (HIIN) projects that address access to care and harm reduction in critical access and rural hospitals. Click here to join the webinar: CMS Hospital Improvement Innovation Network (HIIN) Efforts in Rural Health

HRSA Telehealth Twitter Chat
2:00-3:00 pm ET
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is hosting a National Rural Health Day Twitter chat on the role of Telehealth. The chat will focus on how the use of telehealth can help health care and accessibility in rural areas across the nation. Join by using the hashtag #TalkTelehealth!

NOSORH Webinar- Rural Networks: Making a Difference in the Opioid Epidemic
3:00-3:30pm ET
During this conversation participants will learn how small rural networks are collaborating and innovating with their communities to address the opioid crisis in rural New York. Click here to join the webinar.

NOSORH Webinar- A Conversation on Rural EMS
4:00-4:30pm ET
This conversation will focus on the current state of rural EMS and how leaders are educating and bringing innovation to their states. Click here to join the webinar.

For more National Rural Health Day events, please visit www.powerofrural.org!

Community Stars 2018

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Those who dedicate their life’s work to rural health are extraordinary people whose contributions are deserving of recognition.  To honor our nation’s rural health leaders the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) is proud to present “Community Stars,” a collection of touching and impactful stories that embody the true Power of Rural.

Community Stars is an electronic publication that is released on National Rural Health Day each year.  Those featured in the book were nominated by a member of their State Office of Rural Health (SORH), a community member, or peer.  Each Community Star profile is a shining example of their generosity, service, and dedication to the people who call rural America home. We thank all those who nominated a Community Star and we’re eager to have you meet them as we celebrate National Rural Health Day and the Power of Rural!

Thank you to everyone who helped shine a spotlight on those making a difference in rural health by nominating an outstanding Community Star! We are pleased to announce the 2018 Community Stars! Read their stories by clicking below

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September 2018

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Timothy Lopez
Director
New Mexico Office of Rural Health

What I’m currently reading: “Between The World And Me” by T a-Nehisi Coats.

Favorite thing about working at a SORH: The amazing colleagues and partners

What I’m working on right now: Working on completing the New Mexico health plan

Best advice I ever received: To live each day to the fullest and to spread joy and happiness.

If I weren’t doing this, I would be… A chef in my own restaurant.

3 great things about rural health in New Mexico: Amazing healthcare providers, dedicated leadership and staff.

Last place I traveled to: Philadelphia

People would be surprised if they knew: I was a roadie for concerts in the 90’s

Who inspires you? My mother

My Top 3 Goals for 2018:
Get a knee replacement
Continue to work in the Office of Rural Health
Increase the number of healthcare providers in rural New Mexico

July 2018

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Alisa Druzba
Director
New Hampshire Rural Health and Primary Care

What I’m currently reading: A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

Last place I traveled to: Oregon! I was there from June 24 through July 5, and we did a road trip that showed us many beautiful places in Oregon. And this time I didn’t make my husband take side trips to look at little hospitals and clinics 🙂

Favorite thing about working at a SORH: The passion and dedication of our internal partners and our external stakeholders, and the ability of the communities to use their own strengths.

Who inspires you: My national colleagues. I always feel recommitted to the work after seeing them at conferences.

People would be surprised if they knew: I get really nervous before doing a speech.

If I weren’t doing this, I would…Post retirement I want to volunteer at national parks and wander the trails answering questions.

Favorite quote: “It’s a lucky man or woman gets up in the morning, puts both feet on the floor, knows what they’re about to do, and thinks it still matters.” – Joe Biden

Sponsor with NOSORH and Be Recognized!

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NOSORH invites you to explore a sponsorship level that meets your needs and to join us in showcasing your organization at the NOSORH Annual Meeting in beautiful Cheyenne, Wyoming on October 17-18, 2018.

With your support, you’ll become a valued partner in National Rural Health Day on November 15, 2018, shine in the social media spotlight, and gain recognition through the activities developed to promote the positive messages of #powerofrural throughout the year. We’re planning special tools and ideas to bring more attention to the work of our sponsors on National Rural Health Day and beyond.

If you’ve not yet explored the many opportunities and benefits of partnering with NOSORH, it’s not too late! We encourage you to review the 2018 Sponsor Prospectus.

The sponsor registration deadline is October 5, 2018. Sponsor logos are also needed by that date to guarantee inclusion in meeting material.

Your support and partnership help build the capacity of State Offices of Rural Health! We thank you in advance for your consideration and hope to see you in Cheyenne!


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Nationwide Events Planned for National Rural Health Day

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National Rural Health Day (NRHD) is next month! Help us shine a spotlight on the positive aspects of rural health and communities across the nation! NOSORH is holding a 30-minute webinar with national partners on Oct 3 at 3:00 pm ET to learn more about how to engage in the Power of Rural. All current and potential NRHD partners are invited to attend! Register here.

State Offices of Rural Health are invited to attend the webinar “NRHD Resources for SORH” on Thursday, October 4 at 1:00-1:30 pm ET to learn about National Rural Health Day resources available to SORH, including the NRHD Toolkit for SORH. Participants are also encouraged to share their plans. Register here.

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

  • Start by visiting org! This website is the headquarters for all things NRHD, including toolkits, resources, upcoming events, and more!
  • For Partners- National associations, agencies and non-profits are invited to partner with NOSORH to grow the Power of Rural movement. Please be sure to take the Pledge to Partner to get updates and recognize your efforts in rural America.
  • Corporate partners and non-profits are invited to be recognized for their support at the NOSORH Annual Meeting. A special session is planned to help grow the reach of your rural work. Sponsors will also be highlighted on National Rural Health Day. Click here to view the 2018 Sponsor Prospectus
  • For SORH – The NRHD Starter Toolkit for SORH, developed specifically for SORH, contains comprehensive toolkits as well as stand-alone educational and promotional items (coloring books, social media posts, postcards, etc.) to support this year’s NRHD efforts.
  • For communities and other rural stakeholders – Check out the FREE NRHD Community Engagement Toolkit for resources designed especially for community stakeholders who serve the health needs of rural communities, including hospitals, clinics, first responders, and others. It features customizable posters, flyers, social media graphics, media release templates, and much more! These NRHD tools will enhance outreach efforts to schools, churches, local media outlets, and community businesses.
  • It only takes a few steps to start a positive movement! NOSORH is once again partnering with Walk with a Doc for a fun and easy way to engage rural communities in better health on NRHD and beyond. Invite rural hospitals, health clinics, etc. in your state to host a free community walk on NRHD and start a local chapter! Click here to learn how.
  • We need YOU to make a difference! Take the Pledge to Partner to get the latest updates and help bring collective focus to specific healthcare issues facing rural communities across the United States.
  • 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.
  • Are you planning an event on NRHD? Do you have a unique idea you’d like to share? Share your plans at org and we’ll feature your event on the website!

Whether you’ve already made plans or are just starting to think about it, there are plenty of ways to get involved in celebrating the #PowerofRural!

Contact Ashley Muninger for more information.


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How Rural Health Clinics Work with State Offices of Rural Health

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How Rural Health Clinics Work with State Offices of Rural Health- Sept 2018

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 PowerofRural.org 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 PowerofRural.org 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? PowerofRural.org 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 www.powerofrural.org for more ideas! Contact Ashley Muninger for more information.


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