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.

Board- The NOSORH Board had a full agenda for the December 18th meeting. The Board approved recommendations from the task force on annual meeting sites. Sites for the next 3 years include Cheyenne, WY (2018), Albuquerque, NM (2019), and Sarasota Springs, NY (2020). The Board endorsed a framework for SORH proficiencies, which provide a tool for SORH self-assessment, and approved updated personnel policies and procedures. The board also approved August and October minutes.

Finance – NOSORH will release a Request for Proposals for an investment advisor later this month. For more information, contact Donna Pfaendtner, Administrator.

PPMT – The Policy Program Monitoring Team reviewed the need for SORH education on policy “levers” to address rural health access. A webinar is planned for February. Last month, the PPMT provided insight on comments made to CMS regarding Letters to Issuers and to the FCC on Net Neutrality. The next committee meeting will be held January 24th with a new meeting time of 3:00 PM eastern.

Educational Exchange – The EE Committee is excited to showcase a document which highlights the work completed by the committee over the last year. The Educational Exchange Committee Project Year 2017: A Year in Review is now available on the NOSORH website. In addition, the EE is completing their review of the SORH Proficiencies, which are anticipated to be available in March. Due to scheduling conflicts, the next EE Committee meeting will be held on February 5th at 4:00pm ET and will cover the months of January and February.

JCREC- The JCREC is looking forward to entering 2018 by finishing up work on the 2018 JCREC Workplan with NASEMSO, NOSORH, NRHRC, and NRHA. Welcome to the new NOSORH Chair of the JCREC, Joyce Hospodar of Arizona. The agenda has been set for the 2018 National Rural EMS & Care Conference in Tucson, AZ with the registration coming out very soon.

RHC- The RHC Committee discussed the report coming from the National Advisory Committee regarding a “modernizing RHC workgroup” meeting that was held in Idaho in 2017. They explored a joint webinar with the Aging in Rural Interest Group on helping RHCs understand the steps necessary to provide home health services.

Communications- The Communications Committee has been reviewing the outcomes from National Rural Health Day 2017 and will soon be making plans for 2018. The group also made recommendations for a revamp of the Roots newsletter template.

Workforce- The National Rural Recruitment and Retention Network (3RNet) and NOSORH work together to convene 3RNet and NOSORH members to discuss rural workforce issues and educational needs. The committee met last month and reviewed educational needs, including interest in more education on emerging health professions. The group also expressed interest in a workforce pre-conference at the NOSORH annual meeting this year to bring together state and national stakeholders to identify collaborative approaches to improve rural health workforce.

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