Rural PREP and NOSORH Collaborate to Promote Primary care, Research, Education and Practice

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Rural PREP, the Collaborative for Rural Primary care, Research, Education and Practice is a national project whose mission is to improve and sustain rural health through community engagement and research in primary care health professions education.

Rural PREP is a collaboration between the University of Washington School of Medicine (grant recipient), Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine and the University of North Dakota and other partners established with support from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

The Rural PREP project has three primary goals:

  • Conduct research to improve education and training for rural primary care practice.
  • Develop a community of practice of educators, researchers, and practitioners that is evidence-based, community-engaged, and practice-informed, leveraging existing collaborative relationships and adding new ones.
  • Share evidence-based practices, generate new ideas for research and evaluation on rural primary care training, promote scholarly activity and translate evidence into educational practices.

Rural PREP facilitates virtual Rural Grand Rounds, engaging students, residents and faculty in scholarly interaction, and promote professional development through quarterly webinars.

As a Rural PREP collaborator, NOSORH’s primary role will be to assist in sharing information about project activities to SORH, state stakeholders, national organizations and federal agencies.

NOSORH will also assist in the planning and implementation of two Design and Dissemination Studios (DDS) as pre-conference activities prior to the Region A and D SORH meetings this summer. NOSORH will provide 10 travel support awards of $500 each for eligible participants attending each DDS. Contact Matt Strycker for more information about the travel support awards.

The first two DDS will take place in June:

  • Region A SORH Meeting, Charlottesville, VA June 12-14, 2018
  • Region D SORH Meeting, TBD, Arkansas, June 26-27, 2018

Additional ways to get involved in Rural PREP:

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NOSORH Meetings- Save the Dates and Call for Speakers

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Mark your calendars with these dates and locations for the upcoming NOSORH Regional Partnership Meetings and Annual Meeting. NOSORH distributed a call for speaker proposals to all SORHs, research centers, partners, and sponsors. If you are interested in submitting a speaker proposal for the five regional meetings or the Annual Meeting, please click here to find the speaker proposal submission form. The planning committees look forward to seeing your proposals!

NOSORH Annual Meeting 2018

Cheyenne, WY
October 17-18, 2018
Little America Hotel and Resort

To make reservations, contact the hotel at 800-235-6396 and reference theNational Organization of State Offices of Rural Health”. The rate is $93/night. The total, including taxes, per night is $102.30.

NOSORH Regional Partnership Meetings:

Region A
Charlottesville, VA
June 12-14, 2018
Omni Charlottesville

To make a reservation, contact the hotel at 1-800-843-6664 and reference “SORH Region A Partnership Meeting” when making reservations. The room rate is $128/night.

NEW: Pre-meeting Rural PREP Design and Dissemination Studio
On the morning of June 12th, Rural Primary care, Research, Education, and Practice (Rural PREP) will join NOSORH to conduct a Design and Dissemination Studio (DDS). The DDS is an innovative strategy where communities participate in the design of research and then help interpret and disseminate the results. The process makes research more community-centered, culturally relevant, and accessible to those who will most benefit from the findings. To learn more about DSS click here.

Region D
Little Rock, AR
June 26-27, 2018
Doubletree by Hilton Little Rock

To make a reservation, contact the hotel at 1-501-372-4371 using the code “CDTHLT” or click here to make your reservations online. The room rate is $96/night.

NEW: Rural PREP Pre-meeting Design and Dissemination Studio
On the afternoon of June 25th, Rural Primary care, Research, Education, and Practice (Rural PREP) will join NOSORH to conduct a Design and Dissemination Studio (DDS). The DDS is an innovative strategy where communities participate in the design of research and then help interpret and disseminate the results. The process makes research more community-centered, culturally relevant, and accessible to those who will most benefit from the findings. To learn more about DSS click here.

Region C
Minneapolis, MN
August 14-15, 2018
Radisson Blu at Mall of America
(Save-the-date coming soon)

Region E
Salt Lake City, UT
August 28-29, 2018
The Plaza Hotel
(Save-the-date coming soon)

Region B
Pensacola, FL
(Date and Hotel will be available soon)


For any questions and additional information about any of these meetings, please contact Matt Strycker at

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Register Now for the National Rural EMS & Care Conference

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Registration is now open for the 4th Annual National Rural EMS and Care Conference! You’re invited to join NOSORH, the National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO), the Joint Committee on Rural Emergency Care (JCREC), and the Arizona Center for Rural Health on April 24-25 in Tucson, Arizona. Network with other attendees, including rural EMS directors, medical directors and officers, rural healthcare providers, state EMS officials, state rural health officials, hospital administrators, elected officials, federal agency officials, and other EMS stakeholders.

NOSORH is offering a 4-hour EMS Grant Writing 101 Workshop!
Rural EMS agencies and other interested partners will learn how to write and submit a complete grant proposal, understand rural relevant data important to EMS and identify funding opportunities. This workshop will be held on Monday, April 23, at 1:00 pm. View the agenda here.

Sponsorship/Exhibitor Opportunities
Are you interested in supporting the mission of the JCREC, NOSORH and NASEMSO at the National Rural EMS & Care Conference? Three levels of support are being offered for the conference:

Prime Sponsor-$5,000
Select Sponsor- $2,500
Conference Exhibitor-$1,000

To register as a sponsor and for more information regarding each level of sponsorship, please click here for the 2018 Sponsor Prospectus.


Click here to view the full conference agenda.

Click here to register for the Conference and the Grant Writing 101 Workshop.

Please share this registration information with all partners, providers, or other interested parties. Also, please include in any newsletters or other distributions you may have.

If you have any questions, please contact Matt Strycker at or Trevor Brown at

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SORH Encouraged to Register for Rural Health Clinic Institute

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The Rural Health Clinic Institute, a webinar series developed exclusively for State Offices of Rural Health (SORH), kicks off soon! 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.

Registrants have the option to attend a 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 on March 16 and class size is limited. The registration fee is $500.

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Discount Available for New Rural Health Coding & Billing Specialist Online Course

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NOSORH has partnered with the Association for Rural Health Professional Coding (ARHPC) to offer a $200 discount on a NEW online self-study course for rural healthcare professionals to attain certification as a Rural Coding & Billing Specialist. This is the first online clinical documentation, coding and billing training specific to rural health and is a great opportunity for anyone working in rural health care, including providers! State Offices of Rural Health and other organizations can register multiple people for this opportunity.

Use the coupon code 200offNOSORH to receive this member benefit (registration is regularly priced at $899).

Feel free to share this informational flyer with your rural constituents.

To enroll, go to

Contact Kassie Clarke at for more information.

NOSORH Releases Factsheet and Video to Support SORH Work with CBD Grantees

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NOSORH recently worked with the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy to produce a video and factsheet to promote the important collaboration of State Offices of Rural Health (SORH) and Community-Based Division (CBD) Grantees. The CBD Factsheet can be forwarded to all CBD Grantees in every state to encourage greater collaboration and partnership with SORHs to help foster innovation and strengthen grant activities and outcomes.

The accompanying video highlights an example of successful collaboration between the Kentucky SORH and a community-based organization, demonstrating successful partnership opportunities and innovative approaches to improving health of rural communities. Many thanks to the Kentucky SORH for their efforts in pulling together this video and for the great work they do with CBD grantees.

NOSORH has additional resources available to help SORH when working with CBD grantees or potential grantees, including a letter of support template on the NOSORH website. NOSORH will continue to work with FORHP to ensure SORH have the resources and tools they need to expand on their work with CBD grantees.

Enroll Now in POND: Practice Operations National Database

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The National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health has partnered with Lilypad, LLC to implement the Practice Operations National Database (POND™) program, a web-based data collection, reporting and benchmarking application for rural primary care providers.  POND is a unique benchmarking program which focuses on rural-relevant financial, operational, productivity and compensation measures. POND provides a vehicle for rural practices to selectively share blinded operational and productivity data and to use peer benchmark information to guide improvements in performance and inform recruitment/retention and hospital-physician alignment activities.

POND will benefit SORHs wishing to:

  • Engage with RHCs to provide access to comparative analytics to contribute to understanding current rural provider performance.
  • Facilitate sharing of best practices and provide data for more effective contracting and operational improvement.
  • Offer technical assistance for physician practice management and recruitment and retention best practices.

POND provides an easy, consistent approach to engage RHCs and other primary care providers. It can also be used to promote community between rural primary care providers through data-based discussions and can establish the SORH as a source of relevant and unique resources.

Getting Started with POND is an easy, step-by-step implementation guide.  A sample POND report is available to help you see what data will be available.

Annual fees for SORHs are $2500 for states with fewer than 90 RHCs and $3500 for states with more than 90 RHCs. This annual fee enables all rural primary care practices in your state to participate in POND.


If you have any additional questions, contact Kassie Clarke.

Community Stars 2017

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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!

We are pleased to announce the 2017 Community Stars! Read their stories by clicking below

NRHD Community Stars 2017

Rural Opioid Overdose Reversal Report Now Available

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NOSORH is proud to announce the release of a report on the lessons learned from the Rural Opioid Overdose Reversal grants. The Federal Office of Rural Health Policy awarded grants to 18 organizations to combat the impact of opioid overdose at the community level. Awardees in the pilot project were funded to increase the availability and utilization of naloxone and to focus on the importance of referring individuals dependent on opioids to an appropriate substance abuse treatment center. Awardees freely shared lessons learned and educational resources developed. “This is a great compilation of the excellent work that can be conducted to build collaboration in rural communities,” said Teryl Eisinger, NOSORH Executive Director.

The report is available here on the NOSORH website. Stay tuned for more information on a webinar that will be held later this month to learn more about the resources and the report.

New Reduced Pricing Opportunity for Tableau

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NOSORH is excited to announce a reduced pricing option for Tableau software available to NOSORH members. Tableau is a data analytics and visualization software used by thousands of companies across the globe and is known for its drag and drop capabilities. It does not require any prior coding knowledge.

To see Tableau in action, check out their many videos and demonstrations at:

For more information on this Tableau opportunity, check out the pricing fact sheet, registration and End User License Agreement (EULA) on the NOSORH website at: