The Branch Newsletter

A monthly update for State Offices of Rural Health and NOSORH Partners.



A Special Message from NOSORH’s New President

Happy New Year NOSORH family!

Thank you for your support in my new role as your NOSORH President. I am humbled and honored to serve you. I would like to send a special thank you to Sharla Allen, for her leadership over the last two years, and a warm welcome to Corie Kaiser, NOSORH’s President-Elect. I look forward to working with you and all NOSORH members and staff as we embark on a new adventure. Read More


Rural Health Clinic Institute Registration Now Open

Register now for the Rural Health Clinic Institute, a 9-part webinar series developed by NOSORH to help State Offices of Rural Health (SORH) build capacity to provide technical assistance to clinics in their states. SORH will learn about the needs of RHCs, compliance issues for RHCs, how to support RHCs to do better billing and collection, ways to help RHCs become innovative, and how to organize their office’s efforts so that they can be effective technical assistance providers for RHCs. Read More


CMS Health Equity Award Nominations Sought

Starting in 2018, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will recognize an organization that is demonstrating a commitment to health equity by reducing disparities among the CMS beneficiaries they serve, particularly among racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, sexual and gender minorities, and those living in rural areas.  This award will celebrate the awardee’s work, shining a light on their leadership and providing others with an example of a successful approach to reducing disparities. Read More


New TruServe Users Group

NOSORH is announcing a reworking of the TruServe Advisory Committee (TAC) into the TruServe Users Group. Taking into account the work that the TAC was able to accomplish in updating the measures and the work needed going forward, it was decided to convene a new users group to better address the needs of TruServe users. The group will meet as necessary to focus on user needs, updates to the platform, and any other issue that may arise. Read More


NOSORH Releases Factsheet and Video to Support SORH Work with CBD Grantees

NOSORH recently worked with the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy to produce a video and factsheet to promote the important collaboration of State Offices of Rural Health (SORH) and Community-Based Division (CBD) Grantees. The factsheet can be forwarded to all CBD Grantees in every state to encourage greater collaboration and partnership with SORHs to help foster innovation and strengthen grant activities and outcomes. The accompanying video highlights an example of successful collaboration between the Kentucky SORH and a community-based organization. Read More


Promising Practice: Wisconsin Office of Rural Health Rallies EMS Providers in the State

By: Beth Blevins

Rural EMS organizations in Wisconsin are learning to work together and rally for their needs, as evidenced by the recent EMS Day at the Capitol.

The event grew out of an effort begun in 2015 by the Wisconsin Office of Rural Health (WI-ORH) to assess rural ambulance services in the state. That initial work also has generated targeted technical assistance, system-wide collaboration, and other types of advocacy. Read More


Policy Update

NOSORH welcomes new Policy Committee Co-Chair Scott Daniels (HI) will steps in for Mark Schoenbaum who retired earlier this month.  Watch for the NOSORH article in Roots later this month for a tribute to Mark’s great work for NOSORH over the years. Lisa Davis (PA) will continue to serve on the Board as the Policy Ex-Officio. Matt Strycker, NOSORH Project Manager will be adding support to the important work of the the Policy Committee. In addition, NOSORH has resources to help you and your state partners to prepare for the NRHA Policy Institute. Read More


 Committee Clips

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.

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. Read More


RHIhub Spotlight

Check out the new Topic Guide and Evidence-Based Toolkit for Rural Community Health now available from the RHIhub on topics that are important to rural America:

Rural Aging in Place Toolkit– This toolkit compiles model programs and resources to help organizations implement sustainable programs to support and provide services to older adults wishing to remain in their homes and communities as they age.   Read More


January Steal Sheet

NOSORH offers Steal Sheet articles for SORHs to distribute in emails, in your (or your partners’) newsletter, on websites, Facebook pages, etc. The January 2018 Steal Sheet includes:
  1. Funding Opportunity: Rural Health Network Development Planning Program
  2. Funding Opportunity: Addressing Violence Against Women in Rural Areas
  3. Applications for 2018 National Leadership Academy for the Public’s Health Now Available
  4. Webinar: Strategies to Combat Opioid Use in Rural Communities


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