Not even a tropical storm could stop Region B from meeting in Pensacola, Florida, for the Region B SORH Partnership Meeting in September! Flooding, high winds, and rough seas were the perfect backdrop to show how valuable this meeting was for the eight states in attendance. There were many new faces for their first Regional Meeting and it was inspiring to see members reaching out and building new connections, offering help on upcoming grants, giving support for upcoming projects and identifying ways to collaborate across states.
Region B was also joined by Dr. Kathy Black, Ph.D. Principal Investigator, Age-Friendly Sarasota, Hartford Geriatric Social Work Faculty Scholar, and Professor at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee, who gave a presentation titled: “Rural Health Alignment with Age – Friendly Communities.” This was the first region to have a speaker address the topic of aging in rural and the conversation made one thing clear; it was needed. Because of this, Dr. Black will be attending the NOSORH Annual Meeting in Cheyenne, WY this month to give a general session talk. NOSORH would like to thank the Florida State Office of Rural Health for hosting and we look forward to meeting in Georgia for the 2019 meeting.
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On August 1-3, Region B NOSORH members met in Biloxi, MS, for the Region B SORH Partnership Meeting. NOSORH would like to thank the Mississippi Office for hosting and helping to plan the meeting. One presentation of note was from the North Carolina Office. Stephanie Nantz, Assistant Director of Operations, and John Resendes, Clinical Social Research Specialist, presented Taming the Data Dragon, where SORHs learned how to develop data-driven fact sheets on rural health programs that can be used to improve health outcomes, sustain program funding, catalog annual program deliverables, and provide a reader-friendly reference that can be used to educate individuals, communities or policy makers. To access this and all presentations, click here.
NOSORH is looking forward to seeing Region B in Florida in 2018!
The Region B meeting was held in the great state of Tennessee last month. The meeting was full of informative presentations, beginning with learning about Tennessee’s long-term plans to address the state’s “BIG 4” : tobacco use, obesity, physical inactivity, drug deaths (in order). Tennessee is working to move their county health rankings into the top 10 in the nation. This region has been especially hard hit with hospital closures and several states shared stories on the community impact. The CMS Update was full of informative information on the effect of new rules on rural providers. North Carolina also shared information on the Statewide Telepsychiatry Initiative. All the presentations can be found on the NOSORH website.