If you haven’t yet had a chance to review the SORH Proficiencies, now is a perfect time to take a look at this new tool from NOSORH! The SORH Proficiencies offers a way to assess and build the capacity of your SORH. It is the culmination of more than two years of work, beginning with an idea from the NOSORH Board, and using input from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, the Educational Exchange committee, a designated workgroup, and some of the best analytical minds that SORHs have to offer. NOSORH staff is greatly appreciative of all SORH offices and members that took part in the development, testing, and implementation of the SORH Proficiencies!

The SORH Proficiencies includes a questionnaire about major SORH activities, a scoring mechanism to rate a SORH’s current competency or proficiency level, and step-by-step instructions that include definitions. It can take as little as 60 minutes of preparation for completing the questionnaire and 15 minutes to complete the questionnaire itself, which will give participants their scores back immediately! Once NOSORH has a baseline for a majority of offices, a report with aggregate scores will be developed.  Links to existing resources that can help build greater capacity will also be provided.

NOSORH’s initial goal is to have at least 51% of SORHs complete the assessment by August 24, 2018 so we can disseminate the benchmarking report and discuss it at the Annual Meeting in October in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

NOSORH highly recommends starting the process by taking a look at the SORH Proficiencies Guide, and following it up with the FAQ Fact Sheet before attempting to look at the questionnaire. After reading these two documents, if you still have questions please don’t hesitate to contact Chris Salyers at chris.salyers@nosorh.org! We are happy to answer questions or even come to your office to facilitate the completion of the SORH Proficiencies as a group exercise.

We hope that you find this tool to be a great resource for your office, and look forward to working with you all on this new chapter in NOSORH history!

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