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.

Communications- The Communications Committee continued to make plans for National Rural Health Day, including finalizing topics and speakers for the lineup of NRHD webinars that will be featured throughout the day on November 17.

Development- The Development Committee reviewed their role in the NOSORH Strategic Plan, which includes assessing current services, planning new services, working with sponsors and developing a revenue generation plan. The committee discussed the need to market TruServe and to review expenses and rates for the tool.

RHC- The RHC Committee reviewed the final draft of the RHC Engagement toolkit. The toolkit will be finalized in the next couple of weeks and the committee plans to have a webinar soon to provide an overview of the resource and share a few SORH promising practices regarding RHC Engagement. In December, the Committee will discuss a survey of SORH and their RHC technical assistance needs and experience.

Board-  John Barnas (MI) reported on his attendance at a CMS Rural Health Summit on October 19th and the planning and outreach work that CMS has been conducting. The Board directed that NOSORH will follow up with CMS to encourage CMS link with State Offices of Rural Health and any plans for CMS listening sessions. The Board also reviewed accomplishments of the 2014-16 strategic plan.

  • Satisfaction with educational efforts – 63% of participants rate education as excellent
  • Increase in learning – 62% report “great deal” of new learning
  • Engagement – 96% of SORH have at least one staff person who participate in at least one committee
  • Fund diversification – 34% of funds come from non-Cooperative agreement sources
  • Communication – Newsletters open rate average 41%
  • Power of Rural – at least 44% of SORH report gaining partner, governor or media attention for NRHD
  • Advocacy – new legislative “vehicles” identified for SORH reauthorization on Senate and House side

Executive- The Executive Committee focused on planning for a meeting with FORHP leadership in December and a review of the policy on Legislator of the Year awards.

Flex- The Flex Committee looked at an MBQIP reporting tool from RQITA and discussed Flex PIMS reporting.  The committee also heard about the Proposed Antibiotic Stewardship Program and Policies for CAHs.

JCREC – The leadership of the Joint Committee on Rural Emergency Care is planning an initial policy discussion to identify key rural EMS policy issues which NRHA, NOSORH, NASEMSO and other organizations can focus on to improve EMS and include in organizational policy platforms.

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