The Oregon Office of Rural Health approached NOSORH this spring to establish an informal interest group to discuss the work of State Offices of Rural Health (SORH) around aging in place in rural America. Twenty-one states and the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy expressed interest in meeting periodically to discuss what they are working on or issues in their states pertaining to the elderly in rural communities. Fifteen participated in the inaugural call held on June 2. Topics discussed included the current work of SORH and work with palliative care programs and other home health agencies. Oregon and Washington shared information on conferences they are hosting in addition to a few grant initiatives they are working on. Additionally, the PACE (Programs for the All-Inclusive Care of the Elderly) program was reviewed along with the challenges of implementing in a rural setting.

The group will continue to meet quarterly to share resources and ideas on this increasingly important topic. The next call is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, September 26 at 1:00 pm Eastern. Future topics will include: state strategies for funding, grant opportunities, food insecurity for seniors, chronic disease self-management, medication reconciliation, oral health, isolation, and best practices, resources and lessons learned when implementing programs in a rural setting.

If you have any questions of the group, you can reach out to members by emailing

If you are interested in joining the group for routine updates, contact Kassie Clarke at

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