NOSORH Meeting in the City of Brotherly Love

Liberty BellNOSORH will hold its member meeting at the National Rural Health Association conference in Philadelphia on Wednesday, April 15th at 1:45 pm in room 408.  NOSORH will also be promoting National Rural Health Day and the work of State Offices of Rural Health during the exhibits at the conference. SORHs are encouraged to bring information about their work to share at the booth.  To help with the booth, please sign up using the online form. For more information, contact Matt Strycker. Read more.


HELP WANTED…NOSORH Treasurer Volunteer Leaders Sought

help wantedThe NOSORH Treasurer position will be available this summer as Charles Owens (GA) plans his next phase of being a rural health advocate at as a Clinical Associate Professor at Georgia Southern University’s Jiann Ping-Hsu College of Public Health.

NOSORH President Mary Sheridan will appoint a new Treasurer to fill the remainder of Charles’ term, which expires December 2015.  An election will be held at the September NOSORH annual meeting for filling the Treasurer slot for up to two three year terms. Read more.


Committee Clips

Committee NewsNOSORH committees are great focal points for engaging on many NOSORH initiatives, descriptions of all committees and contact information can be found on the NOSORH website.

NOSORH Board – The NOSORH 2015 Board of Directors recently convened a discussion on the role of the Regional Representatives and how they can better ensure the voice of all fifty State Offices of Rural Health in the governance of NOSORH.  Regional Representatives have a responsibility to ensure communication from the Board to the members in their region and are enthusiastic about linking with their states.  New ideas include ensuring committee updates are provided so Regional Reps can follow up, experiment with “just the SORH” calls and dialog with members at the Regional Partnership meetings to discuss making the role valuable to all.  Click here to find out who your Regional Representative is. Read more on other committees.


National Rural EMS Conference: New Opportunity to Learn about Rural EMS Issues

EMS conferenceThe hotel group rate deadline is extended to April 10th!  We are expecting over 150 attendees.  Thanks to the following sponsors: The State of North Dakota, the State of Wyoming, NOSORH, National Association of State EMS Officials, Helmsley Foundation, and Physio Control.

The National Rural EMS Conference: Building Integration & Leadership for the Future in Cheyenne, Wyoming on May 5-6, 2015 will feature hands-on learning and demonstrations of Simulation in Motion.  In addition, conference participants will learn about the future of rural EMS, community paramedicine, systems of care, performance improvement, ambulance service sustainability, rural EMS education, and much more.  The cost to attend the conference is $200 and includes food.  Online registration is now open.  Sign-up today to reserve your spot! Read more.


The Rural Training Track Collaborative Annual Meeting: Moving Forward in the Face of Chaos

moving forward in the face of chaosMadison, Wisconsin – May 27 to 29, 2015

With all the uncertainty around payment reform, workforce needs, medical education finance and governance, it’s sometimes difficult to know how to move forward, even to take the first step. There are lessons to be learned from other Rural Training Tracks, from the past as well as the present. This is your opportunity to both teach and learn! All are invited to participate and contribute to this rural training collaborative! Read more.


NOSORH Committee Spotlight – Policy Program Monitoring Team

Committee SpotlightThe Policy Program Monitoring Team (PPMT) Committee was established in 2011 to bring together NOSORH members, who were at the time, involved as co-chairs of the HIT, workforce and Flex committees.  The intent of the PPMT committee is to explore hot topics, and determine if:

  1. It has a policy focus, which is then referred to the Policy committee;
  2. It is something to be shared with NOSORH membership via a webinar, which is then facilitated through the Education Committee; or
  3. It requires further work, which then may need to be done by establishing an ad hoc group to do a deeper dive, such as the Rural Integrated Service System (RISS) work group. Read more.


RAC Launches New Topic Guide: Education and Training of the Rural Healthcare Workforce

RAC logoThe training of the health workforce plays a big role in whether students consider, and are prepared for, rural practice. RAC’s new topic guide, Education and Training of the Rural Healthcare Workforce, discusses a wide range of strategies, programs, and technologies for training the rural health workforce, including:

  • Grow your own activities
  • Career ladder programs
  • Rural rotations and tracks
  • Community college programs Read more.


Free and Secure Incident Reporting Systems for all Emergency Medical Services

Safety advances have been broadly implemented in many healthcare settings, similar to aviation and other high-consequence fields.  Aviation, with its long history of reporting systems, has shown that event reporting systems can yield previously unknown, but safety-critical information for developing a proactive approach to managing human error.  Despite many similarities between health care and aviation, event-reporting systems have not been well received in health care. Read more.


NOSORH Facebook Page

find us on facebookAre you a fan of NOSORH’s Facebook page? If not, you should be!  NOSORH’s Facebook page is the place where we share consumer additional resources that are valuable for SORHs and partners of rural health.  On NOSORH’s page you will find pictures, photos and stories from our SORHs and partners. Read more.


Upcoming Rural Health Works Workshop

RHW logoThe Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health is hosting the next Rural Health Works Workshop on Wednesday, July 22, 2015, in State College, Pennsylvania! The National Center for Rural Health Works provides tools and templates by which community residents can evaluate their health systems. This is typically accomplished by training state teams to assist rural communities. Read more.


Get Your Steal Sheet!

NOSORH offers Steal Sheet articles for SORHs to distribute in emails, in your (or your partners’) newsletter, on web sites, Facebook pages, etc.  The April Steal Sheet includes information on:

New Resources:

  • National Rural EMS Conference: New Opportunity to Learn about Rural EMS Issues
  • The Rural Training Track Collaborative Annual Meeting
  • Rural Health Works Workshop
  • E.V.E.N.T – EMS Voluntary Event Reporting Tool

Funding Roundup:

  • The Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP)

Click here for this month’s Steal Sheet.