On National Rural Health Day 2015, the Kentucky Office of Rural Health (KORH) hosted The Rural Collaborative: Kentucky’s First Rural Health Network Showcase, Funding Workshop, and Idea Exchange. The one-day event highlighted the work that has been accomplished across the state as it relates to the HRSA Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) Community Based Division grants. Attendees also received assistance in preparing to submit competitive applications for upcoming opportunities.

“It is encouraging to witness the impact these investments have made across our rural communities”, said Ernie Scott, KORH Director.

63 individuals representing current or potential rural health Networks gathered in Bowling Green, KY for a full day of training and information sharing.  Topics covered included grant writing tips and techniques, coalition building strategies, and rural-relevant data collection. The keynote presentation was provided by FORHP team member Sarah Young and discussed the variety of Network funding opportunities available. The highlight of the day came during the lunch session where ten current and former FORHP network grantees offered their expertise and lessons learned to their peers over a casual lunch session.

“It is great to hear about a State Office of Rural Health using our efforts for National Rural Health Day to build connections and technical assistance opportunities in their state.  This is a great example of a SORH convening partners and supporting other Federal Office of Rural Health Policy grantees,”  says Teryl Eisinger, Executive Director, NOSORH.

The full agenda can be found here.

The Rural Collaborative was co-sponsored by a number of partners including the UK Center of Excellence in Rural Health, the Kentucky Rural Health Association, the National Cooperative of Health Networks, the Western Kentucky University Institute of Rural Health, and the South Central Kentucky AHEC.

The Community-Based Division (CBD) grant programs provide funding to increase access to care in rural communities and to address their unique health care challenges. Most of CBD’s programs require community organizations to share resources and expertise using evidence-based models of care in networks of three or more health care services providers. Currently funded projects can be found here.

Does your SORH have a “Promising Practice”? We’re interested in the innovative, effective and valuable work that SORHs are doing. Contact Kassie Clarke, Branch editor, at kassiec@nosorh.org to set up a short email or phone interview in which you can tell your story.