The Branch Newsletter

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


2017 NOSORH Awards – Only 2 Weeks Left to Nominate!

The deadline to submit nominations for the 2017 NOSORH Awards is quickly approaching! Don’t miss this opportunity to recognize the incredible work and leadership of individuals and organizations dedicated to rural health. Awards will be presented during a ceremony at the NOSORH Annual Meeting on September 6th. Nominations will be accepted until Friday, August 4th at 5:00 pm EDT. Read More


NOSORH Annual Meeting Offers Variety of Pre-Conference Sessions

The NOSORH Annual Meeting in Savannah, Georgia, is coming up soon! In addition to an amazing two-day agenda, NOSORH is offering a variety of optional evening outings and pre-conference meetings to make your time in Savannah both educational and enjoyable. If you have not yet registered, please click here. During the registration process, you will have the opportunity to select from the following list of optional pre-conference meetings and/or group outings to attend. Read More


National Rural Health Day: New Toolkit and Searching for “Stars”

It’s never too early to start making plans for National Rural Health Day (NRHD)! To help kickstart the planning process, NOSORH recently hosted the webinar Preparing for National Rural Health Day 2017 as an overview of the resources currently available and for State Offices to share their plans/ideas. One of the resources outlined was the recently released NRHD Starter Toolkit for SORH, which features easy-to-use promotional calendars, celebration ideas, guides to media and social media, and other helpful tools. Please feel free to share this resource with your partners! Read More


Promising Practice: Nevada SORH Digs Up Data on Rural and Frontier Counties

By: Beth Blevins

County-level data—particularly for rural counties—wasn’t always readily available in Nevada. But the Nevada Rural and Frontier Health Data Book (and the associated Nevada Instant Atlas website) changed all that. Now in its eighth edition, the Data Book, complied by the Nevada State Office of Rural Health (NV SORH), provides comprehensive information on all counties in the state. The data in its more than 100 tables varies from the broad—e.g., county populations—to the more specific, e.g., number of licensed physical therapists by county. Read More


Policy Update 

There is much work to be done to keep members of Congress up to date on the work of your SORH. Summer recess brings many members home to their district, so take that opportunity to attend their meetings, reach out to local contacts, even consider offering them a site visit to a rural clinic or community to help them understand the needs your SORH is addressing. NOSORH is ready to help you prepare and position your SORH and stakeholders to tell their story. To keep you informed of rural health policy, the Policy Committee meets each month to focus on policy issues of most importance to State Offices of Rural Health. All members of NOSORH are encouraged to attend and to sign-up for the committee information. Read More


New Interest Group Discusses Aging in Rural

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.  Read More


Region A Meets in Cape May

NOSORH members met June 13-15 in Cape May, New Jersey, for the Region A SORH Partnership Meeting. NOSORH would like to thank the New Jersey Office of Rural Health for everything they did to make the meeting in Cape May a memorable one, including putting together welcome bags for all in attendance. Everyone left with more knowledge of the great state of New Jersey. The meeting featured Federal updates from key partners, oral health workforce issues, and an initiative in Virginia known as The Health Opportunity Index led by Dr. Adrienne McFadden. Read More


Region D Meets in New Orleans

NOSORH members met in New Orleans, Louisiana for the Region D SORH Partnership Meeting on June 27-28. NOSORH would like to thank the Louisiana Office of Rural Health for hosting what was a very festive gathering! Thanks to Denise Dowell for adding special touches to the meeting room to welcome State Offices of Rural Health. While the boas, beads, and treats did not distract from the meeting at hand, the Louisiana SORH sure did make everyone feel welcome. Read More


Weekly Radio Program Interviews Rural Health Leaders: Let’s Hear from Your SORH

An up-and-coming weekly radio program is bringing attention to the work of rural health leaders across the country by providing an avenue to share ideas, success stories and lessons learned. Rural Health Leadership Radio, founded by Bill Auxier, is a free podcast featuring leaders of clinics, hospitals, organizations, and communities working to make a difference in rural health. State Offices of Rural Health are encouraged to contact Auxier to share their lessons in leadership and to connect their stakeholders to this great resource. 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 Communications Committee has been busy planning for National Rural Health Day (NRHD), which is November 16. The committee provided input on the newly released NRHD Starter Toolkit for SORH and is currently selecting topics for a series of live webinars to be held on NRHD.   Read More


RHIhub Spotlight

The RHIhub has just released a new toolkit on Rural Tobacco Control and Prevention. This toolkit provides evidence-based examples, promising models, best practices, and resources to help implement rural programs for tobacco control and prevention. A video highlighting one of the programs in Models and Innovations is available. The Coast to Cascade Coordinated Approach to Child Health (CATCH) Program is a program in rural Oregon using the national CATCH curriculum to promote nutrition and fitness for kids. This and other videos highlighting RHIhub Models can be found in our YouTube playlist: Rural Programs Making a Difference. Read More


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 July/August 2017 Steal Sheet includes:

  1. Funding Opportunity: Telehealth Center of Excellence
  2. New Scope of Practice Policy Website
  3. Save the Date: 3RNet Annual Conference, September 12-14
  4. Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report Rural Health Series: Cancer Incidence & Deaths in Nonmetropolitan and Metropolitan Counties


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