Partnership to Build Technical Assistance Capacity of SORH and Partners for Rural Service Providers

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The National Network for Rural and Frontier Capacity was formed in 2013 with support from a Network Development Planning Grant from the Office of Rural Health Policy to assist rural and frontier health service organizations to be more accountable, adaptable, innovative and collaborative. The Network’s focus is to develop a toolkit and resources to assist State Offices of Rural Health and other state and local “capacity builders” to enhance their capacity to provide technical assistance and consultation services to rural and frontier health service organizations. The plans for the content of the toolkit were based upon surveys of SORH and health services organizations conducted earlier this year.  The toolkit will use creative approaches designed to broaden the scope of technical assistance offerings and specific tools and examples for how to develop and implement these services so they are financially viable and valued by customers.

This resource will also offer lessons learned from SORH staff on the front lines of local, state, and tribal organizations that are working to promote practice transformation. It is designed for SORH staff and other capacity builders who are interested in enhancing technical assistance services, whether for a fee or free of charge. The toolkit also identifies content experts who are available to guide SORH staff through challenging situations by offering advice, tools and joint problem solving.

The toolkit is scheduled to be available in the Spring of 2015 through NOSORH and National Center for Frontier Communities websites. The Network envisions this toolkit will evolve over time to best meet the capacity building needs of SORHs and the organizations they serve. For more information contact: Susan Wilger at or call 575-313-4720.



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