Orientation Session – EduBrite Learning Management System (MANDATORY)
MAY 16, 2019

SESSION 1 LEAD: Introduction to the Leadership Institute
MAY 30, 2019

The first session will introduce the Institute and will outline the course progression and requirements. Participants will be introduced to the Jim Bernstein leadership philosophy with a focus on general principles of community driven leadership, program management and accountability. Discussion topics include: the differences and similarities between leadership and management, the SORH Leader role, and an assessment of their own leadership and how it relates to their SORH capacity.


  • Define and compare the concepts of leadership and management
  • Summarize the framework of the Bernstein leadership philosophy
  • Understand their own leadership style, strengths and challenges


SESSION 2 LEAD: “Big Picture” Viewing
JUNE 13, 2019

Session 2 explores the concepts of vision. What is vision? Who has it? Learn the basics of how to complete an environmental scan to ensure an understanding population health, community health needs and other data to help understand rural health in your state and to shape an overall vision. Participants will review the NOSORH Futures Framework for rural communities and SORH to understand how to select a goal to impact change in rural health status in your state.


  • Utilize environmental scanning and understanding health needs to identify a vision relevant to need
  • Examine the role of a “vision” and big picture thinking in leadership positions including environmental scans
  • Describe the top 5 NOSORH futures topics

SESSION 3 LEAD: Think Entrepreneurially
JUNE 27, 2019

This session will dive into the concept of entrepreneurial thinking and explore how future thinking is essential to successful leadership. Successful entrepreneur leaders must engage in risk analysis, ongoing evaluation and program assessment to ensure they see the bigger picture to imagine possibilities outside of their own self-awareness. Participants will learn how to leverage resources with partners and to consider how to implement revenue generation strategies to grow funding beyond typical SORH grants.


  • Define and explore the concept of entrepreneurial thinking
  • Define the current integration and use of healthcare concepts in your SORH work and the impact on leadership
  • Explore opportunities for leveraging and diversification of funds for SORH and their partners


SESSION 4 LEAD: The Importance of Being Informed & Informative

JULY 18, 2019

Session 5 digs in to understanding rural health landscape in context of the past and future and technology, policy and healthcare environments including a general overview of the healthcare revenue cycle and reimbursement basics. The session will explore how to find resources to address those including trusted advisors, subject matter experts and models that work. How do you best frame and influence others to understand needs and potential solutions for rural communities to what target audience? Participants will be introduced to strategies for being a trusted advisor to policy makers, partners to show that you “bring the rural brain to the game”.


  • Understand rural health landscape and environments of the past present and future including healthcare reimbursement basics Frame the key rural health challenges and opportunities from the environmental scan to influence key rural health target audiences
  • Identify relevant resources necessary to address key rural health challenges
  • Summarize the role of trusted advisors and their impact on leadership strategies


SESSION 5 LEAD: Visionary Inspiration

JULY 25, 2019

What is an “inspired” vision? How can you lead change with an inspired vision? Session 4 will help participants to identify, develop and implement strategies which help them to be inspired and inspire others to implement that vision. Learn how to articulate vision effectively so that a team wants to “follow your lead”. The roles of resiliency and being a change agent in your current environment will be introduced. General concepts of psychology and how group behavior affects how a group can be inspired by appropriate vision development, articulation and implementation. This session will explore some scenarios in how leadership and team challenges can be addressed.


  • Utilize communication techniques of inspired leaders
  • Understand the role of a change agent and examine the potential for that role in your SORH
  • Identify and utilize a key resiliency strategy to ensure and maintain vital, inspired leadership in your state


SESSION 6 LEAD: Lifelong Learning

AUGUST 8, 2019
This session will examine lifelong learning in its purest form; from “do you know it all” to being open to different perspectives. What about diversity dynamics? How do they play out within your leadership style, the overall SORH vision and how the SORH is managed? Discussion of how we can learn from collaboration and community development models will include concepts of adult learning and how to use those concepts to further your leadership.


  • Describe the role of lifelong learning in leadership and management
  • Describe and define dynamics of diversity and potential rural health aspects
  • Identify 3 community development models which can ensure lifelong leadership lessons


SESSION 7 MANAGE: Be the “Worker Bee”
AUGUST 22, 2019

In session this session effective program management skills are introduced including planning, organizing and controlling a rural health program. Participants will learn to use the SORH Proficiencies self-assessment and be provided a perspective on the program planning and management functions needed to administer a successful rural health programs and partnerships.


  • Identify opportunities to build capacity to perform SORH core functions
  • Utilize program planning a management techniques and tools to ensure a plan for achieving an inspired vision
  • Ensure effective and efficient program evaluation techniques


SESSION 8 MANAGE: SORH Operational Literacy

This session will take a deeper dive into the operational aspects and functions of managing the resources of the SORH program and “business”. Topics covered will include planning, organizing and controlling both financial and staff resources. Components of business planning; best practices for team accountability will be examined. The session will dig into succession planning as an operational necessity (what if you — the person “in charge” — suddenly left?) and examine trends in turnover rates — potential root causes and possible tips and tricks to develop a well-balanced team culture and retention plan.


  • Describe and define the concept of Operational Literacy
  • Identify three ways a grants manager may plan, organize and control financial resources
  • Describe and define characteristics of a well- balanced team culture
  • Define components of succession and retention planning


SESSION 9 COMMUNITY: Approaching Approachableness
SEPTEMBER 26, 2019

The ability to establish and nurture community relationships is a key factor in the success or failure of a leader’s vision development, articulation and implementation. In this session, participants will explore the concept of social capital and what makes a community want to stay engaged. This session will also review ways to leverage/integrate programs such as Flex, SHIP, and SORH to get the highest value (ROI) while being true to the “big picture” vision.


  • Appraise various models of stakeholder engagement which encourages future connections
  • Demonstrate the capacity to nurture and sustain relationships with communities and partners
  • Define social capital and discuss its role in achieving a vision


SESSION 10 COMMUNITY: Pay It Forward Community Partnerships
OCTOBER 3, 2019

Humility and a generous spirit are two of the traits of great leaders. Session 10 will explore this concept of a desire to cultivate leadership skill in others including how to apply components of succession planning (developing the people around you) and becoming a community driven leader. This session will review the foundational concepts of the Bernstein leadership philosophy, why this philosophy is key to improving the future of rural health and the emphasis on developing future leaders. Power of Rural resources will be reviewed to demonstrate their use to support community leaders.


  • List the key attributes of a community driven leader
  • Understand the role of community in improving rural health and the use of the Power of Rural tools to support community leaders
  • Summarize how succession planning applies to development of community leadership and the improvement of rural health
  • List partnerships for rural health services and examine their impact on collaboration and or community development models

SESSION 11 Presentations
OCTOBER 17, 2019

Presentations are a formal recap of all assignments; which shall include an identified vision, demonstrating a personal understanding of how the session learning objectives and other aspects of the Jim Bernstein Leadership Philosophy provide a framework for the participants’ future work with rural communities. Participants shall be able to describe how this philosophy plays into current leader’s success or failure and how each of the newly introduced topics can be integrated into their leadership efforts and succession planning in their office and with rural communities. The participant must make a presentation in order to earn the Rural Health Leadership certificate.


SESSION 12 Wrap Up
OCTOBER 31, 2019

We’ll begin with a recap of where we’ve been and what we’ve explored – what, where, when, why, and how of leadership and management and using these leadership skills to inform the work of NOSORH and other SORH on ensuring innovative rural health infrastructure, leading population health and health equity initiatives and building capacity for data driven programming. This session will be discussion based with no formal presentation.

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