The Branch Newsletter

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

APRIL 2019


It’s the Final Countdown to the 2019 EMS Conference

It’s not too late to register for the 2019 National Rural EMS & Care Conference being held in Charleston, South Carolina, this month! The conference will be April 17-18 at the Francis Marion Hotel. To book a room, please call 843-722-0600 or 877-756-2121 and reference the “NOSORH EMS Meeting” to get the $256.51 per room/per night rate (This includes taxes and fees). You may also book online by clicking here. Please be sure to book your room soon. Read More



State Offices Invited to Register for the Rural Health Leadership Institute

Registration is now open for the brand-new Learning to Lead: The Jim Bernstein SORH Leadership Institute! NOSORH designed this 12-part, online Institute exclusively for State Office of Rural Health (SORH) staff in current and future leadership positions. Inspired by the Jim Bernstein Mentoring Philosophy, the sessions provide rural-focused professional development to build the skills, characteristics and knowledge base needed for effective leadership of a SORH. Sessions begin May 16 and will be held every other Thursday from 1:00-2:30 pm ET. A Rural Health Leadership certificate will be awarded to participants who meet all Institute requirements. Read More


Region A & D Meeting Registration Deadlines Approaching

We are only a couple months away from the start of the Regional Meeting season. The first two this year are Region D in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, and Region A in Eastham, Massachusetts. Both regions will feature an optional pre-meeting session, so plan to arrive early to attend. The deadline to register for Hawaii is May 13 and the deadline for Massachusetts is May 1 at 5:00pm ET.  Please be sure to register for the meetings and to get your hotel booked as soon as possible. NOSORH is not able to guarantee a room after these deadlines. If you have questions about these meetings or any of the others, please contact Matt Strycker at Read More


Make Plans to Attend NOSORH Annual Meeting this Fall

Believe it or not, NOSORH is already planning the 2019 Annual Meeting! The Annual Meeting will take place in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on October 16-17 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Albuquerque. This year’s goal is to provide a more diverse meeting than ever before. NOSORH staff is looking to develop educational strategies that offer a variety of session types to be delivered in a new and exciting way. More information regarding the meeting will be provided via email and posted to the NOSORH website as it becomes available. Read More



Promising Practice: Community Cafes in Alaska Give People a Say in Their Health Care

By Beth Blevins

Often the best ideas on community healthcare come from community members themselves—especially when they are engaging in active discussions with healthcare providers and others. That’s the idea behind community cafes, sponsored by the Alaska State Office of Rural Health (AK-SORH), which are being held in small towns in the state.

“Last spring we told all our Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) that we can come to their communities to facilitate a conversation on whatever topics they want,” said Heidi Hedberg, AK-SORH Director. Read More


Congratulations to Data Institute Students and Presenters!

The 2018 NOSORH Rural Health Data Institute (RHDI) wrapped up on February 20, 2019 with great reviews from SORH and non-SORH alike. Nearly half of the participants represented a SORH, while others worked in academic institutions, hospital networks and community coalitions working on population health initiatives.

The participants gave the Institute high marks with a majoring of “excellent” or “great” ratings and willingness to recommend the Institute to others.  Some students remarked Read More


Policy Update

The NOSORH Policy Committee asks that all SORH and their partners reach out to their members on appropriations.  NOSORH is seeking an increase in appropriations for the SORH line to $12.5 million to match the SORH authorization language. Please check in with your members of the appropriations committee to ensure their support of increased appropriation, determine the deadline for any requested submission and ask for their support. Please contact Andrew Coats, Legislative Liaison, if you need assistance or with any questions. 

President Releases Fiscal Year 2020 Budget Proposal
On March 11, President Trump released his administration’s fiscal year 2020 budget. As it goes for every presidential budget, the proposal stands zero chance of being implemented in its entirety.  The condensed version 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 Development Committee is actively working on the annual Sponsor Prospectus with a target distribution of mid-April. The Scope of Work and Compensation Survey Results can be found on the NOSORH website in the Members Only – Reports page. If you have interest in joining the Development Committee, please reach out to one of the committee co-chairs, Kylie Nissen or Graham Adams. Read more

RHIhub Spotlight

The RHIhub recently published a new program model in our Models and Innovations. The School-based Drug Misuse Prevention Program was implemented in an Appalachian Ohio school system, grades K-12. Following implementation, the community experienced no new school-aged overdose deaths. We’ve also recently updated several of our Topic Guides. Read More