Peer-Driven Resources

The core of NOSORH is to build the capacity of State Offices of Rural Health and rural stakeholders. To accomplish this, NOSORH provides a number of peer-driven and leadership development resources to assist your office. NOSORH’s mentoring program is rooted in the philosophy of former SORH director and life-long rural health advocate, Jim Bernstein. Jim developed the first SORH in North Carolina, served as president of the National Rural Health Association, and was a model mentor in cultivating the next generation of rural health leaders. NOSORH continues Jim’s legacy as a master of change, working within existing policy frameworks to build sustainable programs that address longstanding problems.

Through support from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, NOSORH is able to offer a peer-to-peer mentoring program, an educational exchange scholarship program, and a Rural Health Leadership Institute.

NOSORH Mentoring Program

The NOSORH Mentoring Program is an opportunity for new SORH Directors to participate in a mentoring experience with veteran SORH leaders from across the country. The experience is intended to last approximately six (6) months, engaging the mentor and mentee in identifying and achieving professional development goals. As a component of this, mentees are required to attend the New SORH Orientation with FORHP and attend a “NOSORH 101” webinar with NOSORH staff.

Mentors will work collaboratively with their assigned mentee to acclimate them to the SORH Proficiencies framework, identify strategic goals for the mentoring experience, and offer support as appropriate.

For more frequently asked questions on the Mentoring program, check out the program FAQ guide.

Educational Exchange Scholarship

All NOSORH members are eligible to request travel scholarships to meet with another SORH and learn about a topic of importance to that member’s SORH. Scholarships support travel that enable a NOSORH member to link with a mentor or peer at another SORH who will help that member:

  • develop or enhance his or her expertise and leadership skills
  • adopt a promising practice, and/or
  • improve their program management or strategic planning/implementation effectiveness.

More information on the Educational Exchange Scholarship program can be found in the Program Overview.

Completed applications for the Educational Exchange Scholarships should be submitted to Chris Salyers at

For questions or more information, contact:

Chris Salyers, NOSORH Education and Services Director, at: or (734) 881-9551

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