Annual meeting

NOSORH Annual Meeting Delivers Education and Networking to State Offices of Rural Health

i Oct 31st No Comments by

NOSORH and its members would like to thank the Wyoming State Office of Rural Health for hosting the 2018 Annual Meeting this past month in Cheyenne. To the volunteers, planning committee members, facilitators and scribes for the roundtable sessions, and to the NOSORH members who presented in the breakout sessions, thank you! Teryl Eisinger, NOSORH executive director, opened the meeting by demonstrating the importance of volunteerism and how it is key to the work of NOSORH, a message that resonated throughout the meeting.

Member feedback is always of great value to evaluate the success of the Annual Meeting. It guides the planning committee in the future as well as helps the NOSORH staff ensure they deliver a high quality and meaningful conference each year. The evaluations show that 91% of respondents rated the meeting as excellent. One member stated, “I really gained some great information from the main sessions and breakouts. There were excellent opportunities for networking and making friends, too!” Another said, “I needed the session on making the most of National Rural Health Day because I really needed to know what our office should be doing and how to get things done. This helped me tremendously.”

The lineup of sessions and networking opportunities was excellent, with more sessions offered than ever. “We appreciate the extra effort everyone made to get to Cheyenne,” said Eisinger. “I learn so much from listening to all of our partners and members at this meeting. The planning committee and Matt Strycker did a great job.”

As always, a big thank you to the sponsors and exhibitors for your support of the work of NOSORH and State Offices of Rural Health across the country. Special thanks to NOSORH Platinum Sponsor, Stroudwater and Associates, and Gold Sponsors, Hall Render and The Compliance Team!

Stroudwater provides outstanding operational consulting services to our rural health partners and stakeholders.

Hall Render advocates tirelessly on the behalf of NOSORH, SORH and the rural work we do every day

The Compliance Team provides outstanding services to rural health providers on regulatory compliance and have recently been awarded recognition as PCMH surveyors with a focus on rural providers!

The 2019 Annual Meeting will be held in Albuquerque, New Mexico! All of the presentations have been uploaded to the NOSORH website here.

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A Dynamic NOSORH Annual Meeting is Waiting for You!

i Sep 4th No Comments by

NOSORH is excited to be offering a dynamic and session-filled agenda this year. Due to the incredible amount of proposals and session ideas received, the planning committee included an additional set of breakouts; three sets instead of the usual two! To see the full agenda and to register for the meeting, click here.

This year’s agenda features a unique topic: “What Have we Here? Human Trafficking in Rural America and Rural Health System Response.” Lead by Lisa Davis, Director, Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health, this presentation will provide an overview of human trafficking, with an emphasis on rural vulnerability, and discuss the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health’s initiatives to address this issue. In addition, examples of education and outreach to rural hospitals and clinics on educating staff to identify human trafficked victims and coordinate care with law enforcement and community-based services will be provided.

NOSORH members have expressed an interest in learning more about the collaborative work of the SORHs and their successes. Therefore, attendees will have the opportunity to join speakers Tracie Ingram, Louisiana Office of Rural Health, and Kate Hill, The Compliance Team, during the session “Moving RHCs from Development to Quality.” The talk will review a process used by the State of Louisiana to improve Quality of their RHCs by providing PCMH facilitator training to State Office employees and other internal and external partners. This allows the State to assist the clinics in the PCMH process which has been a proven quality improvement method.

Finally, NOSORH has contracted with Green Ride to make travel to and from the meeting as smooth as possible. Green Ride will provide round trip travel both to and from the hotel for a rate of $49 each way. Click here to reserve a seat and luggage space. Once on the website, begin by clicking on “Group Code”. The group code is “SORH18”. If you prefer to contact them directly, the phone number is 970-226-5533.

If you have any questions about the Annual Meeting or travel to the hotel, please contact Matt Strycker at or Trevor Brown at

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NOSORH Meetings- Save the Dates and Call for Speakers

i Mar 1st No Comments by

Mark your calendars with these dates and locations for the upcoming NOSORH Regional Partnership Meetings and Annual Meeting. NOSORH distributed a call for speaker proposals to all SORHs, research centers, partners, and sponsors. If you are interested in submitting a speaker proposal for the five regional meetings or the Annual Meeting, please click here to find the speaker proposal submission form. The planning committees look forward to seeing your proposals!

NOSORH Annual Meeting 2018

Cheyenne, WY
October 17-18, 2018
Little America Hotel and Resort

To make reservations, contact the hotel at 800-235-6396 and reference theNational Organization of State Offices of Rural Health”. The rate is $93/night. The total, including taxes, per night is $102.30.

NOSORH Regional Partnership Meetings:

Region A
Charlottesville, VA
June 12-14, 2018
Omni Charlottesville

To make a reservation, contact the hotel at 1-800-843-6664 and reference “SORH Region A Partnership Meeting” when making reservations. The room rate is $128/night.

NEW: Pre-meeting Rural PREP Design and Dissemination Studio
On the morning of June 12th, Rural Primary care, Research, Education, and Practice (Rural PREP) will join NOSORH to conduct a Design and Dissemination Studio (DDS). The DDS is an innovative strategy where communities participate in the design of research and then help interpret and disseminate the results. The process makes research more community-centered, culturally relevant, and accessible to those who will most benefit from the findings. To learn more about DSS click here.

Region D
Little Rock, AR
June 26-27, 2018
Doubletree by Hilton Little Rock

To make a reservation, contact the hotel at 1-501-372-4371 using the code “CDTHLT” or click here to make your reservations online. The room rate is $96/night.

NEW: Rural PREP Pre-meeting Design and Dissemination Studio
On the afternoon of June 25th, Rural Primary care, Research, Education, and Practice (Rural PREP) will join NOSORH to conduct a Design and Dissemination Studio (DDS). The DDS is an innovative strategy where communities participate in the design of research and then help interpret and disseminate the results. The process makes research more community-centered, culturally relevant, and accessible to those who will most benefit from the findings. To learn more about DSS click here.

Region C
Minneapolis, MN
August 14-15, 2018
Radisson Blu at Mall of America
(Save-the-date coming soon)

Region E
Salt Lake City, UT
August 28-29, 2018
The Plaza Hotel
(Save-the-date coming soon)

Region B
Pensacola, FL
(Date and Hotel will be available soon)


For any questions and additional information about any of these meetings, please contact Matt Strycker at

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Save the Dates for Upcoming NOSORH Meetings

i Feb 1st No Comments by

It’s that time of year again for the Regional Partnership Meetings and the NOSORH Annual Meeting! NOSORH would like to thank all the work of the host states to help get all the locations, dates, and hotels confirmed. In the coming days, the Regional Meeting Planning Committees will begin to put together meaningful agendas for each of the regional meetings. If you have not already responded and would like to participate on one of the planning committees, please contact Matt Strycker at Below is the list of locations to date:

·         Region A: Charlottesville, VA, June 12-14, 2018

·         Region B: Florida, TBD

·         Region C: Minneapolis, MN, August 14-15, 2018t

·         Region D: Little Rock, AR, June 26-27, 2018 (TENTATIVE)

·         Region E: Salt Lake City, UT, August 28-29, 2018 (TENTATIVE)

NOSORH is also pleased to announce that the 2018 NOSORH Annual Meeting will be held in Cheyenne, Wyoming, on October 17-18. The meeting will be held at the Little America Hotel and Resort. The save-the-date with hotel reservation information will be available soon. For any questions and additional information about the meetings, please contact Matt Strycker.

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SORH Make Annual Meeting a Great Resource

i Sep 28th No Comments by

Photo By: Keith Clark (NV)

Another year has come and another successful NOSORH Annual Meeting is in the books! NOSORH would like to thank the Georgia Office for their support during the planning process and for being such gracious hosts. Special thanks to Dr. Alana Knudson of the NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis, who offered to forego her presentation time in order to allow participants an option to leave the meeting site early due to the approaching hurricane. Another thanks to the planning committee for putting together an agenda that was well received with attendees, whose feedback on the evaluation showed that this work did not go unnoticed. As one member noted, “The general sessions provided a nice balance of topics, with a blend of the typical updates and new topics to create a nice full agenda. The content provided was relevant and provided good depth in each topic.”

Dr. Mary Wakefield kicked off the meeting with a thoughtful discussion on the current state of rural healthcare in the United States and how SORH directly impacts that work and a reminder to consider partnerships with a wide variety of stakeholders as we strive to improve rural health. Tom Morris and Tori Leach provided a thought-provoking update and called for input from SORH on workforce, collaboratives, and growing the impact of federal programs. Two distinct sessions on rural health policy gave two sides of the story; what work is being done to directly impact your work through NOSORH, and another about how you can better operate given the current policy surrounding rural health. Each day featured breakout sessions that ranged from Visualizing Data, Communicating the Work of your SORH, Improving Behavioral Health Collaboration, and Oral Health Networks in Rural Communities.

“It is really the State Office of Rural Health engagement that makes this meeting such a great event. We learn so much from being able to hear about SORH work,” said Chris Salyers, Education and Services Director. “Their willingness to share their work is a huge value to us as we plan future program and educational activities.”

The sentiment was echoed by new SORH staff as well. “As a new director, this meeting was very beneficial from the content of the presentations to the added value of spending time with each sponsor,” stated one member. “The best and most beneficial aspect was meeting other SORH staff from around the country. Everyone was professional, courteous, and very helpful in providing answers to ensure I was as much information as I could handle, yet making themselves available even after the meeting. I could sense the passion for rural health is very genuine.”

Please click here to access the meeting presentations on the NOSORH website. Also, if you haven’t filled out the meeting evaluation, please click here.

As always, thanks to the following sponsors and exhibitors for your support of NOSORH and State Offices of Rural Health:

Gold Level Sponsors:
Hall Render
iVantage Health Analytics
Stroudwater Associates

Silver Level Sponsors:
Association for Rural Health Professional Coding
Custom Learning Systems Group, Ltd.
Healthcare Services Group
Health Connect Networks
Helmsley Charitable Trust
Registry Partners
The Compliance Team

Non-profit Exhibitors:
Foundation for Health Leadership and Innovation
National Center for the Analysis of Healthcare Data
National Rural Health Resource Center
Rural PREP

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NOSORH Annual Meeting Offers Variety of Pre-Conference Sessions

i Jul 21st No Comments by

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:

Optional Pre-Conference Events

  • JCREC Learning Session Cost: $25.00 Date: Tuesday, September 05, 1:00- 5:00 PM
  • Strategic Communications Bootcamp Date: Tuesday, September 05, 3:00-5:00 PM
  • New SORH Learning Session Date: Tuesday, September 05, 5:00-6:00 PM
  • Reception with Sponsors and Exhibitors Date: Tuesday, September 05, 6:00-8:00 PM

Optional Group Outings

  • Haunted Creepy Crawl Pub Tour Date: Tuesday, September 5, 8:30-11:00 pm

Cost: $19 per person (includes glow-in-the-dark to-go cup for each guest); Food and beverages available for purchase along the route With spinning tales of haunts and spectacular spirits, your guide on the creepy crawl pub tour will take you on a ghostly adventure you will never forget. On your journey through the streets of Savannah, you will be welcomed into some of the city’s best pubs in search of spirits of another sort. Put on your walking shoes and get ready for lots of spirited fun!

  • Ghosts & Gravestones Trolley Tour Date: September 5, 9:00-10:30 pm

Cost: $28 per person  Journey through time with exclusive nighttime entry into two of Savannah’s most haunted venues. First is a stop at the Andrew Low House where there have long been reports of spirits that inhabit the home and tales of staff seeing apparitions. Then on to the Perkin’s & Son’s Ship Chandlery to commiserate with the spirits and truly experience the stories of haunted River Street. Board the Trolley of the Doomed and hear of all things shadowy and sinister.

  • Sunset Cruise on the River Date: September 6, 2017 – 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm (boarding begins @ 6:00 pm) Cost: $38 per person (food and beverages available for purchase on boat)

Sunset Cruises are simply the best ending to a busy day! There is no better place to watch a Savannah sunset than from the top deck of the new Georgia Queen. Order from a new menu featuring a variety of house made appetizers, sandwiches, desserts, small plates and drinks while listening to music and cruising both ways on the historic Savannah River.

Beyond the optional events, the agenda for the Annual Meeting features a variety of sessions, including “Interprofessional Oral Health Networks in Rural Communities”. Leaders from the South Carolina Office of Rural Health, Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health, Colorado Rural Health Center, and DentaQuest Institute will discuss the development and implementation of oral health interprofessional practice in more than 20 rural health clinics and their 16 rural dental care partners.

There is still time to register as a NOSORH Sponsor/Exhibitor for this event. Click here to learn more about sponsor/exhibitor opportunities!

See you all in Savannah!

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NOSORH Annual Meeting Plans Underway

i May 3rd No Comments by

Preparation has begun for the 2017 NOSORH Annual Meeting to be held September 6-7 in Savannah, Georgia. As the planning committee convenes, they will be looking at more topic ideas than ever before. Beyond speaker proposals, the committee will be considering ideas from the entire NOSORH membership, committees, sponsors, and staff. As always, the planning committee wants to ensure the agenda is both meaningful and dynamic by including a mix of general sessions, break-outs, Ignite sessions, a keynote speaker, and poster sessions. If you have not already, but would like to submit an idea for consideration by the committee, please email Matt Strycker to be certain your ideas reach the committee.

A request for Ignite session proposals will go out soon, so put on your thinking cap and start brainstorming how you could tell your rural story in a rapid-fire 5-minute presentation! Also, the call for nominations for the 2017 NOSORH Awards will be released later this month. These awards are a special way to celebrate and recognize the hard work and leadership of individuals and organizations dedicated to rural health. Awards will be presented during a ceremony at the Annual Meeting.

The Annual Meeting will also provide an opportunity for SORH to share their work via a poster session. Participants will be provided a template and printing will be done by NOSORH. Posters are a great way to highlight the work that you’re proud of in your state and let others know what’s going on! Look for more information on the poster session coming soon.

Stay tuned for the meeting registration link and agenda! Meeting details will be posted to the NOSORH website as they become available.

Interested in being a NOSORH sponsor and exhibiting at the Annual Meeting? Click here to learn more.

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Your Invitation to Support NOSORH: Sponsor & Partner Prospectus 2017

i Apr 28th No Comments by

You’re invited to partner with NOSORH to Celebrate the Power of Rural and help build the capacity of State Offices of Rural Health (SORH). NOSORH is offering new and exciting ways for your organization to support the work of all 50 SORH.

Explore a sponsorship level that meets your needs and showcase your organization at the NOSORH Annual Meeting in Savannah, Georgia on September 6-7, 2017. The Annual Meeting brings together over 150 attendees, including representation from all 50 SORH staff and partners from across the country who are dedicated to improving access to quality rural health care. Don’t miss this opportunity to network, share resources, and create collaborative solutions.

In addition to recognition at the Annual Meeting, sponsors will become a valued partner in National Rural Health Day on November 16 and gain recognition through the activities developed to promote the #PowerofRural campaign. Building on the success of National Rural Health Day, the #PowerofRural campaign will bring together rural voices to educate, collaborate, innovate and communicate to improve the health of rural people and ensure vital rural providers and communities.

NOSORH greatly appreciates the support from partners over the years through various sponsorship contributions. No matter what level of sponsorship you select, know that your contributions will make a difference!

Click below to view the 2017 Sponsor & Partner Opportunity Prospectus and learn how you can support the mission of NOSORH. Click here to register as a sponsor

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It’s Meeting Season!

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National Rural EMS & Care Conference – Cash prizes Poster Contest Winners, Grant Workshop and Group Discounts Available

The National Rural EMS & Care Conference will take place in Fargo, North Dakota on April 25-26, 2017.  The conference will be held at the Holiday Inn Fargo. Call (877) 282-2700 and reference National Rural EMS & Care Conference. The deadline for hotel reservations is March 21.

Sharing examples of good work and innovative approaches to care is an important part of any conference program. This year the Joint Committee on Rural Emergency Care is providing an incentive to encourage all participants to share information about their work. There will be four cash prizes awarded in two different categories: the Problem Category and the Solution Category. The grand prize for the Solution Category is $300 and for the Problem Category, $200. Prizes for 2nd place will also be awarded. Poster boards and a work station will be provided at the conference to make the work of compiling a poster easier. All poster content must be submitted electronically to by April 7, 2017. To learn more about the poster contest, including judging criteria, prizes, and logistics, click here.

It is not too late for vendors to save a spot to meet with approximately 150 regional and national conference attendees. Vendors will be recognized during a reception on April 24 and will also have time to meet with participants throughout the conference. SORH and their partners are asked to please share information with prospective corporate partners who would like to be a part of this event with Paige Law at Please click here for more details on vendor opportunities!

Learn about the future of rural EMS and hospital collaboration, making data useful, EMS providers’ role in rural population health, an active shooter program, how future technology will help rural EMS, national rural policy changes and their local impact, and more. Invited attendees include rural EMS directors, medical directors and officers, rural health care providers, state EMS officials, state rural health officials, hospital administrators, elected officials, federal agency officials, and other EMS partners. Click here to view the agenda.

A new addition to the agenda this year is a Pre-Conference EMS Grant Writing 101 Workshop- NOSORH is offering a half-day EMS Grant Writing 101 Workshop on Monday, April 24! Rural EMS agencies and other interested partners will learn how to write and submit a complete grant proposal, understand rural relevant data important to EMS and identify funding opportunities. Click here to view the agenda.

Registration discounts are available for groups attending! Register 4 participants at the registration fee of $275 and receive one registration at no charge.

Register here


2017 SORH Regional Partnership Meetings

Preparation for the 2017 Regional Meetings is underway! The planning committees are busy organizing meaningful agendas for all five meetings. This year NOSORH is asking SORH to also submit ideas for regional and annual meeting sessions. Please click here for more information on submitting a proposal. The deadline for proposals is March 13, 2017.  Please note the following dates and locations for this year’s meetings:

Region A – Cape May, New Jersey – June 13-15

Region B – Biloxi, Mississippi – August 1-3

Region C – Columbus, Ohio – August 8-9

Region D – New Orleans, Louisiana – June 27-28

Region E – Bellingham, Washington – July 25-26


2017 NOSORH Annual Meeting

This year, the Annual Meeting will take place in Savannah, Georgia on September 6-7 at the Hilton Savannah DeSoto Hotel. Stay tuned for the Annual Meeting save-the-date! NOSORH will be assembling a planning committee to begin working on the format of the meeting, and the agenda. As always, SORH input is vital for a robust and engaging meeting.

For more information on any of these upcoming meetings, please contact:

Matt Strycker (888) 391-7258 x102

Paige Law (888) 391-7258 x101

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NOSORH Annual Meeting Gets High Marks!

i Sep 30th No Comments by


The NOSORH Annual Meeting was held in historic Boston, Massachusetts, on September 7-8. Attendees enjoyed an incredible agenda of speakers, breakout sessions and time to network with colleagues. As one attendee noted, “I learn a lot from my colleagues and the speakers. I find much of that learning takes place in the hallways, lunch and other breaks as I meet new people with new information that is important to our SORH.”

Participants indicated a 20% increase in content knowledge after attending and 90% of attendees reported that the breakout sessions were effective. “This meeting is so rich and full of content, sharing and expertise in a relaxed and open environment. It is always great to learn from national experts, hear from our SORH colleagues around the country and talk about the important issues facing the work we do every day. No man or woman is an Island in the work we do with this conference and NOSORH. Great job to all the staff as always,” said another participant.

This year was the first time featuring Ignite sessions and they were very well received. Thank you to Kirby Lecy (MA), Corie Kaiser (OK) and Lisa Davis (PA) for presenting!

As always, thanks to the following sponsors and exhibitors for your support of NOSORH: Gold Level Sponsor: Association for Rural Health Professional Coding Silver Level Sponsor: Hall Render, iVantage Health Analytics, Stroudwater Associates Bronze Level Sponsor: The Compliance Team, DentaQuest General Exhibitors: Azalea Health, Synapse Healthcare Solutions, Wipfli Non-profit Exhibitors: 3RNet, Foundation for Health Leadership and Innovation, National Rural Health Resource Center, RHIhub, National Center for Rural Health Works, Stratis Health

Stay tuned for the date and location of the 2017 Annual Meeting.

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