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.

Executive- The 2017 Executive Committee membership begin their terms this month. The committee will provide input on the update of NOSORH policies, support the oversight of the strategic plan and other NOSORH efforts.

Educational Exchange- The Educational Exchange committee has identified three targeted areas for education in 2017, based upon feedback from the membership. The targeted areas are: Recruitment and Retention, Delivery System Reform, and Data Analysis and Visualization. The travel scholarship workgroup will begin meeting in early January, with the proficiencies workgroup beginning to meet shortly after the Board Retreat. The next regularly scheduled meeting will be held on January 16 at 4:00 pm ET.

Communications- The Communications Committee reviewed outcomes from National Rural Health Day and started discussing plans for communications in 2017. The group will be focusing on strategic internal and external communications to promote the “Power of Rural” and the Pledge to Partner. They will also be looking to engage more partners and collaborate with NRHA on some key rural health messages.

JCREC- The leadership of the Joint Committee on Rural Emergency Care is working together to develop a rural EMS policy agenda which can be supported by all members and organizations of the JCREC. The committee will consider a first draft of proposed issues which can be widely supported and have potential to improve rural emergency services beginning this month.

RHC– The RHC Committee will be releasing the RHC Engagement in Healthcare Delivery and Payment Reform module next month. In addition, the committee will circulate a survey to SORH to gain a better understanding of the RHC TA needs for each office. Please be on the lookout and respond to this survey to help the committee provide education and resources to meet your needs.

Development- The Development Committee reviewed the revenue generated from previous activities and discussed new activities and reaching out to more non-SORH to help sustain other initiatives. The committee also discussed a new SORH Manager Institute with the possibility to include in depth immersion component.

Board-The NOSORH Board of Directors will meet January 11-12 to consider rural community needs, the role of SORH within the context of a changing rural landscape, update the strategic priorities to build the impact of National Rural Health Day, increase funding for SORH and develop a strategic approach to NOSORH educational efforts. 

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