Massachusetts, Georgia, Kansas, Hawaii, and Oregon are set to take the stage this year for NOSORH Regional Partnership Meetings! Thank you to all of the volunteers who work on the planning committees to create meaningful agendas for each region’s meeting. Please note that all five regional meetings will host a half-day pre or post meeting. More information will be provided when the topics for these half-day meetings are finalized.
Region A will take place in Massachusetts in June. NOSORH is currently working on the logistics for this meeting, so stay tuned!
Region B is in Augusta, Georgia, on August 28-29 at the DoubleTree Augusta.
Region C will take place in Kansas City at the Sheraton Kansas City Hotel on July 30-31.
Region D will be hosted in Hawaii at the Courtyard King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel on June 5-6.
Region E will take place in Portland, Oregon, on September 4-5 at the Embassy Suites.
Thank you to all the host states and their supporting cast of planning committee members for helping to make the regional meetings the educationally rich and the most important meetings for SORH each year. If you have any questions, please contact Matt Strycker at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
For all of the presentation materials, please click here.
SORH staff from all 10 Region E states descended on Salt Lake City, Utah, for the Region E SORH Partnership Meeting in August. The planning committee was laser focused while building the agenda and made sure to include ample time for the SORH to have group discussions. The six topics covered in the group discussions included: RHC Work, Oral Health, Workforce/Recruitment, Running a SORH with Budget and Political Uncertainty, Opioid Discussion, and Communication and Information Dissemination. These robust discussions brought up many thought-provoking issues, and the SORHs more than helped each other throughout that time.
Region E was also joined by some familiar faces from Region C: John Barnas and Crystal Barter from the Michigan Center for Rural Health. They presented their session, “A SORH is Managing a State-Wide Clinically Integrated Network? It’s True!” Not only was it a much-needed session for the region, but it was also a perfect example of cross-regional partnership.
Next year, Region E will meet in the great state of Oregon. To access the meeting presentations, please click here.
Region C states met in Minneapolis, MN, for the SORH Partnership Meeting in August. Thanks to the Minnesota team for their assistance in planning and hosting the meeting! The kick-off was provided by the Minnesota Health Director. The Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) shared information regarding current funding opportunities, provided a session on how FORHP might better support SORHs and their partners, and discussed how they may provide facilitation with other HRSA programs, should the need arise.
Region C was joined by Alana Knudson, Co-Director of the NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis. Alana presented on the CDC’s growing interest in rural health. She discussed various topics within that framework, including the inclusion of rural health coordination within the Office of the Associate Director of Policy, rural health disparities, and how local health departments are funded in rural areas. In addition, Knudson spoke about the impact of health insurance on farmer health and farm viability. Meg Moynihan, a member of the Minnesota Department of Agriculture and a small Minnesotan farmer, spoke at length about coping with stressors facing our rural farming families in an engaging and moving session. Click here for the Region C meeting presentations.
The Kansas Office of Primary Care and Rural Health will host the 2019 Region C Partnership Meeting!
The planning committees for all five regions are underway as SORH prepare for the upcoming NOSORH Regional Partnership Meetings. As the agendas take shape, common themes can be seen among all the regions. The want for more SORH-to-SORH discussion time and sessions on SORH management and leadership are two of the most prevalent topics. One region is combing the SORH-to-SORH discussion time and SORH management topic with a SORH-led panel. Taking advantage of the diversity of their SORH makeup in the region, they are building an engaging session to highlight office successes, including effective staffing.
Another theme is communication; how are SORH’s using their newsletters, listserves, social media, etc. in a way that will best communicate their work and how to better leverage resources to get their message out to stakeholders. While these are not all encompassing of every possible agenda topic that has been discussed, it gives an insight into how the SORHs are thinking this year.
State Offices of Rural Health, mark your calendars with these dates and locations for the upcoming SORH Regional Meetings.
Region A will be meeting in Charlottesville, Virginia on June 12-14 at the Omni Charlottesville.
Call (800) 843-6664 to make your reservation at the Omni Charlottesville. Please ask for the “SORH Region A Partnership Meeting” rate of $128/night plus 12.3% sales tax, bringing the total per night to $143.74. Reservation deadline: May 18, 2018
Online Registration (No registration fee. Registration Deadline: May 14, 2018)
Pre-meeting Rural PREP Design and Dissemination Studio on June 12:
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. Researchers who address topics on rural primary care health profession education OR students in a rural primary care education or training program are sought. SORH from all regions are invited to attend. To learn more about DSS click here.
Region B will be held in Pensacola, Florida on September 5-7 at the Holiday Inn Pensacola Beach.
If you’d like to make your reservations early, contact the hotel at (850) 932-5331. The room rate is $106/night plus tax. Please reference the group code “NOS” when making reservation.
Region C will be held in Minneapolis, Minnesota on August 14-15 at the Radisson Blu Mall of America.
NEW: The HRSA Office of Regional Operations will be holding a half day, pre-conference meeting on the afternoon of Monday, August 13. All SORH are invited to attend. More information to follow.
If you’d like to make your hotel reservations early, contact the hotel at 1-800-333-3333. The room rate is $149/night plus tax. Please reference “NOSORH Region C Partnership Meeting” when making your reservation. Reservations must be made by Monday, July 30.
Region D will be held in Little Rock, Arkansas on June 26-27 at the Doubletree by Hilton Little Rock.
Please call (501) 372-4371 to make your reservation and ask for the “CDTHLT” rate of $96/night plus 14.4% sales tax bringing the total per night to $110.40 or to register online click here. Reservation deadline: June 5, 2018
Rural PREP Pre-meeting Design and Dissemination Studio on June 25:
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. Researchers who address topics on rural primary care health profession education OR students in a rural primary care education or training program are sought. SORH from all regions are invited to attend. To learn more about DSS click here.
Region E will take place on August 28-29 in Salt Lake City, Utah at the Salt Lake Plaza Hotel Temple Square.
If you’d like to make your reservations early, contact the hotel at (801) 521-0130. The room rate is $124/night. Please reference “SORH Region E Partnership Meeting” when making your reservation.
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 email@example.com. 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.
On July 25-26, the Region E SORH Partnership Meeting was held in Bellingham, WA. NOSORH would like to thank the Washington Office of Rural Health for hosting the meeting. Region E was joined by Emily Dilley, Director of Marketing at Columbus Community Hospital in Wisconsin, who presented on Project C.L.E.A.N. (Communities Eliminating the Abuse of Narcotics) – Opioid Abuse Prevention Program. Project C.L.E.A.N. is a partnership between local community leaders (healthcare professionals, law enforcement, school officials and community members) to enhance awareness and understanding of opioid use and abuse. The project is multifaceted and includes Emergency Department collaboration and safeguards, education to high school students and communities, and physician partnerships and best practices.
To access this and all presentations, click here.
Region E will convene in Utah in 2018!
The SORH Regional Partnership Meetings start this month! It was clear from the beginning that the planning committees were ready to put together meaningful and useful agendas. Topics range from workforce, to telehealth reimbursement, communications strategies, efforts surrounding the opioid crisis, to state specific projects being shared. Each region has created a template for their “State Sharing” that best suits the needs of their regions. Some of those questions include: What has your biggest challenge and success been? How are you working with local partners to leverage support?
Click links below for each region’s agenda and registration.
The SORH Regional Partnership Meetings are just around corner! The planning committees are putting the finishing touches on the agendas, which feature a wide range of topics, such as workforce, telehealth reimbursement, communications strategies, efforts surrounding the opioid crisis, and state specific projects being shared. Each region has created their own “state sharing” template unique to the needs of their region. Click the links below to view the agendas and registrations currently available for each region.
NOSORH and the host states are looking forward to seeing all of you this summer!