The Branch Newsletter

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



Join the National Rural Health Day Celebration

National Rural Health Day (NRHD) is on November 16, 2017 and there is plenty to celebrate!  Visit the revamped website for the latest news and events happening throughout the country to celebrate the #PowerofRural! Read More


Register Now for NOSORH Grant Writing Institute

Registration is now open for the 2018 NOSORH Grant Writing Institute (GWI). GWI features a series of nine online learning sessions that cover every aspect of grant writing with a unique rural health focus. The series is intended for beginners seeking to gain the skills to research and draft winning proposals from various agencies. Don’t miss this opportunity to turn rurality to your advantage, learn to connect with funders, and more! Read More


New SORH at Annual Orientation; New SORH Manual Update

On October 24-25, eight new SORH staff and Chris Salyers, NOSORH Education and Services Director, attended a two-day orientation for new SORH Directors and key staff. Ahead of the orientation, NOSORH released its annual update to the New SORH Manual which can be found on the NOSORH website here. The goal of the meeting is to provide an overview of the many national rural resources available to SORH and allow Directors to meet with their project officers. Read More


Promising Practice: Reaching Out to Rural New Jersey

By: Beth Blevins

Although most folks don’t think of New Jersey as “rural,” the New Jersey Office of Primary Care and Rural Health (NJ SORH) is working hard to reach out to the more than 700,000 residents who live in what the state defines as its non-metro areas. As part of that ongoing effort, in September the NJ SORH launched a statewide celebration, New Jersey Rural Health Weeks. Read More


Policy Update

The following update was provided for our members by Hall Render, NOSORH Legislative Liaison:

NOSORH Makes October Hill Visits
On October 25-26, NOSORH and SORH visited Washington DC to meet with Hill leaders. The group met with House and Senate offices to discuss an upcoming SORH reauthorization bill being introduced in November and began discussions on fiscal year (FY) 2019 appropriations.  Read More


NOSORH Represents SORH at FDA Rural Health Symposium

On October 26, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) hosted its inaugural Rural Health Symposium at their campus in White Oak, MD. The meeting hosted a number of stakeholders representing rural and tribal communities. The discussion focused on the areas of telemedicine, rural tobacco use, and the opioid crisis in rural and tribal communities with representation from FORHP on most of the panels.  Read More


NOSORH Supporting PCO and SORH Work

NOSORH will be increasing their work to support the work of Primary Care Offices (PCO) beginning this year. Efforts will include working in collaboration with Association of State and Territorial Health Officials to support the PCO National Committee, ensure mentoring and provide resources and toolkits for SORH and PCO.  “We know the importance of SORH and PCO collaboration and understand the unique opportunities for them to work together to address primary care shortages in underserved communities,” said Teryl Eisinger, NOSORH Executive Director. Stay tuned for more information about this work and additional resources for PCO, SORH and State Health Officers.


RTT Collaborative: From Rural Training Tracks to Rural Training

This article is a contribution from 3RNet and is a result of the co-NOSORH and 3RNet workforce committee. Our thanks to Dr. Randy Longenecker and the RTT Collaborative for their help putting this article together. 

The RTT Collaborative has changed over the last several years. This national effort started with the Rural Training Track Technical Assistance Program, which focused on rural training tracks across the county. In 2012, the RTT Collaborative broadened its focus to include all rural-focused education. Today, Dr. Randy Longenecker will tell you… 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 RHC Committee discussed the release of a new toolkit: Engaging SORH and RHCs in Value-Based Care. They discussed the Emergency Preparedness rule again and shared many valuable resources and templates. They also began the conversation about a joint webinar with the Aging in Rural Interest Group about home health services. Read More


RHIhub Spotlight

The RHIhub has published a new Rural Transportation Toolkit with their partners at the NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis. This new Evidence-Based Toolkit for Rural Community Health is designed to help rural communities create a sustainable program through planning, implementation, and evaluation. Read More


November 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 November 2017 Steal Sheet includes:
  1. Rural Health Care Services Outreach Program
  2. Gateway Webinar- Recent Trends in Children’s Healthcare: Coverage and Oral Health Outcomes
  3. Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children Grants
  4. Rural HIV/AIDS Prevention and Treatment Toolkit Webinar


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