NOSORH Annual Meeting 2021

Welcome to the NOSORH Annual Meeting and NOSORH Update

Welcome to the 2021 NOSORH Annual Meeting! In this session, we will cover a few of the ground rules and technology hacks that will enhance your virtual experience. NOSORH staff will also share an update on work accomplished in the prior year and discuss plans for the coming year.

Cultivating a Vital Rural Health Landscape: What Does Primary Care Have to Do with it? 

This session will look at how NOSORH can support SORH and their stakeholders to improve rural primary care. Topics will include the current focus of NOSORH and its partners, the future of NOSORH efforts on primary care, and the Connections for Community Care (C3) efforts. The C3 SME panel will share information on the current COVID-19 related support for rural health clinics. Session alignment: Rural Health Landscape, Primary Care Integration 7.1.1, 7.1.2, 7.1.3, 7.1.4, 7.1.5

Equitable Health Communication: Practical Strategies to Advance Rural Health Objectives

This session will review the pathways that connect clear health communication with health outcomes, patient experience, and cost of care. We will describe inequities in clear health communication and explore attributes of organizational health literacy as solutions that can be shared with and applied by health care organizations and providers in rural areas to improve equitable access to health information.  Session alignment: Population Health and Health Equity, Information Dissemination 2.2.1, 2.3.1, Communicating SORH Impact 6.1.1, 6.1.2, 6.1.3, 6.2.2, 6.3.1

Adventures on the Journey to Value

Join us as we embark on this exciting journey from volume to value. We’ll examine the framework of assisting rural primary care providers as they travel toward an enhanced patient-centric, community-focused approach to clinical and operational services. Adventures await as we consider how SORH might engage clinics in available value-based programs such as pay-for-performance, shared savings, Patient-Centered Medical Home and Chronic Care Management as well as quality measurement and reporting. Bid farewell to volume and brave the paths that lead to helping our rural patients, neighbors, and communities become and remain well. Session alignment: Evolving Rural Health Landscape, Primary Care Integration 7.1.1, 7.2.1, 7.2.2, 7.2.3

Policy Update

With changes happening on both the federal and state level in regard to rural health, this session will focus on Federal updates to key legislation regarding rural health. Where Congress currently stands, what bills will be moving, and how they affect State Offices. It will also focus on key state-level issues such as Anti-Trust legislation affecting rural providers, Telehealth, and Alternative Payment Mechanisms, to name a few. Session alignment: Advocate for Partnerships and Resources, Evolving Rural Health Landscape.

FORHP Update

Join FORHP leadership to consider how the programs of the Hospital State Division (HSD) are complemented by the rural community programs of FORHP. Learn how FORHP supports the needs of key SORH stakeholders including those addressing the Covid-19 response, vaccine confidence, health equity, telemedicine, rural opioid response, and the Public Health Workforce program. FORHP leadership will focus on the impact of additional funding dissemination including Rural Health Clinic (RHC) vaccine confidence, other COVID-19 funding, and future funding opportunities.

Multi-Sector Rural Health Partnerships with Community Development: Moving from Ideas to Collaboration

There is an increased sense of urgency around the issues of health equity in the post-pandemic rural landscape – both with regards to racial disparities in case rates as well as economic fallout. In response to this urgency, significant federal investments in the country’s recovery through infrastructure, offer opportunities and new momentum for SORHs to accelerate and guide new financial resources into rural communities, moving health interventions upstream. Session alignment: Rural Health Landscape, Population Health and Health Equity, Funding 4.4.2, Primary Care Integration 7.2.4, 7.2.5, 7.3.2, 7.3.4

LGBTQ 101 for Health Care Professionals

Have you ever stumbled in conversations, felt a little uncomfortable, or maybe even had a feeling that you said the wrong thing? Do you ever get the feeling you might be ‘off base’ but had no one to ask? Take heart and a breath because you are not alone. LGBTQ How Proud Are You? addresses lingo that is not just ‘hip’ but essential. If you want to build confidence in conversing with this population this presentation is for you. LGBTQ How Proud Are? will serve as a reference before another “uh oh”, what did I say wrong? You will be given the tools and knowledge you need to remove your ‘training wheels’ and converse and embrace this population like a pro. Eventually, your ‘training wheels’ will come off and you will be conversing like a pro. Session alignment: Population Health and Health Equity.

Introduction to Graduate Medical Education

In this introductory session we will discuss the basics of GME financing, review accreditation requirements and learn about the matching process. Participants will be introduced to the current GME system and where SORH can identify additional resources. Session alignment: Health Professions Workforce 5.2.2, 5.2.4, 5.3.2, 5.3.3, 5.3.5

NOSORH Awards Ceremony 2021

Candid Conversation with Brian Alexander and Michelle Rathman – Based on Brian’s best-selling book, “The Hospital.”

Brian Alexander is the Best-Selling Author of The Hospital: Life, Death, and Dollars in a small American Town, as well as Glass House, the 1% Economy and the Shattering of an All-American Town. During this session, Brian will discuss the work behind his latest riveting book, The Hospital. Attendees will explore the gut-wrenching realities of rural health, including poverty, payment systems, and why it seems next to impossible to address SDOH under the weight of the U.S. health care system. We’ll also cast a light on the heroes in Brian’s Bryan County, Ohio story. Then, keeping with this year’s NRHD theme of Resiliency, Resolve, Relationships, and Readiness, we’ll discuss his observations and insights about the people he met and how they impacted and influenced the book. The Hospital will resonate with this audience because every SORH is familiar with the plight of rural America’s health delivery system and has the potential to serve as the start of a new conversation about the power of rural.

The Telehealth Resource Centers: Response to COVID-19 and Beyond

Prior to the pandemic, telehealth was frequently promoted as one important solution to access issues for rural populations.  COVID-19 has brought to light the need for carefully ensuring that the growth of telehealth does not exacerbate issues with health equity.  Disparities in telehealth-enabled care include things like access to digital and assistive technologies, digital literacy, broadband access, and more.  These challenges tend to have a disproportionate impact on rural and marginalized populations.  The Telehealth Resource Centers (TRCs) are federally funded, nonpartisan, and unbiased technical assistance providers for health care practitioners, policymakers, and communities who have questions regarding telehealth.  This presentation will provide deeper insight into the growth and challenges of telehealth during the pandemic, and the opportunities that lay ahead as we begin to emerge from the public health emergency. Session alignment: Rural Health Landscape, Population Health and Health Equity, Primary Care Integration 7.1.1, 7.1.5

Educating Providers and Community on Rural Mental Health

Practitioners who provide care to others are at additional health risk by virtue of their occupations; risks include emotional and psychological injury. During the COVID-19 pandemic, these risks are heightened. It is imperative that health and behavioral healthcare providers recognize signs of mental fatigue and develop skills to cope and build resilience. A 2017 study found that 52% of mental health providers reported working overtime. They also reported higher rates of burnout, work-life conflict, job dissatisfaction, and decreased confidence in their ability to reduce stress. A 2018 survey found that even before the global health pandemic, 74% of physicians reported seeing symptoms of burnout in others, with 52% regularly feeling burned out themselves. COVID-19 has added the stress of restructuring practice, working in isolation, fear of contracting/transmitting the virus and being witness to a level of emotional suffering that is difficult to comprehend.  Session alignment: Rural Health Landscape, Primary Care Integration 7.1.1, 7.1.2

Rural Public Health: A New Focus of State Offices of Rural Health

This presentation will focus on previous and current activities taken on by the Nevada State Office of Rural Health in the development, technical assistance, and current activities of the Nevada State Office of Rural Health and other State Office’s impact on rural communities prior to, during and current in relation to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Session alignment: Rural Health Landscape, Population Health and Health Equity, Primary Care Integration 7.2.4, 7.2.5, 7.3.2, 7.3.4

Post Pandemic Priorities for Rural Health Systems

The market is still moving. There have been a lot of changes and this session will focus on what the priorities are for the rural health systems over the next 12 months. Session alignment: Rural Health Landscape, Advocate

SORH Panel: Strategies for Diversifying Your Funding

There are any number of needs a SORH can identify that could use funding, but not all funding streams meet all the identified needs. What can a SORH do to help fill the gaps by diversifying their own funding streams? This panel of SORH leaders will explore some examples of their strategies that have helped them to propel their offices to Proficiency in this area. SORH in attendance will be asked to share their own examples through the chat feature on strategies they undertake to diversify their own funding. Session alignment: Funding 4.1.1, 4.2.1, 4.3.1, 4.3.2, 4.4.1

Center for Optimizing Rural Health: What is TA Anyway?

The Center for Optimizing Rural Health is an HRSA funded technical assistance center for rural hospitals across the United States. Join us for a discussion on what TA looks like to the hospitals in your state. Then hang on for a deep dive into Project ECHO which has consistently been rated as our most impactful offering. Session alignment: Advocate for Partnerships, Information Dissemination 2.4.1, 2.4.2, 2.4.4

Panel: Emergency Preparedness for RHCs and Rural Healthcare Providers

Listeners will learn the full RHC requirements for RHC Emergency Preparedness. This will enable the State Office to assist clinics with their preparation. Session alignment: Rural Health Landscape.