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.

Aging in Rural- The Aging in Rural Group would like to take this opportunity to thank Scott Ekblad for his vision, passion and facilitation of this Learning Community. His organic facilitation vision provided fertile ground for topics of group interest to grow and relationships to develop. As you may know, Scott retired from the Oregon State Office at the end of April with plans to move to Southern California! We wish Scott well in his next adventure! During the April meeting, the group learned about the Washington SORH Palliative Care work. Pat Justis shared history, details and resources related to this work. The group also briefly discussed the 2019 Prevention Week Planning Guide & Resource Calendar, the Get Connected Linking Older Adults with Resources on Medication, Alcohol, and Mental Health 2017 EDITION, Promoting Older Adult Health – Aging Network Partnerships to Address Medication, Alcohol and Mental Health Problems, and A Day In the Life of Older Adults – Substance Use Facts all from SAMHSA. The next Aging Group meeting is scheduled for July 16 at 3 PM ET.

Communications-The Communications Committee met to provide input on the new theme of the 2019 Partnership Invitation and the Power of Rural – “Plug into the Power of Rural”, the Community Stars book and possible presentation ideas for the NOSORH Annual Meeting. The May meeting has been moved to May 14 at 1:00 pm ET.

Executive Committee – The NOSORH officers met last month to discuss the policy for the Chief Executive Officer performance review, provide direction for future meetings of the Board, moving forward the efforts on the strategic plan and the Power of Rural campaign.

Educational ExchangeThe EE Committee met to review two documents, the SORH Proficiencies Benchmarking Report and the Mentoring program outline, and discuss how the work of the committee may shift to support the new NOSORH strategic plan. Members were asked to provide feedback to NOSORH staff which will be compiled into the final draft. The next meeting of the EE committee will be May 20th at 3:00 pm ET to further discuss future updates to the committee and review the first draft of the workforce proficiency and SORH impact rubrics.

PPMT- The PPMT committee met in April to begin discussing data points to add to the SORH Profiles. Updates were provided on Medicaid work requirements, Association health plans, AHA’s comments on the Hospital Star Rating system and ACA Insurer notice of benefits and payment final ruling. The next meeting will be May 22nd at 3:00 pm ET.

RHC Committee –The RHC Committee is reviewing questions for the RHC Technical Assistance Survey which will be distributed to all SORH mid-summer. The information gathered through this survey helps frame the work of the committee. Another resource that is coming soon is the revised RHC Education Module #1 – An Introduction to the Rural Health Clinic Program. All SORH will receive the revised module link via email, in Roots and another shout out in the Branch. The Committee heard from our NARHC Partner, Nathan Baugh, about the RHC Modernization Act legislation introduced a few weeks ago. Nathan is working toward having a strong advocate champion for this legislation in every state. If you have a contact (Hospital CEO, RHC individual, etc.) that might represent the work of RHCs in your state, please reach out to Nathan directly via email (

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