The NOSORH Grant Writing Institute is a 9-part webinar series that covers every aspect of grant writing with a unique rural health focus. This series is perfect for beginners seeking to gain the skills to research and draft winning proposals from various agencies and foundations. Register now for this opportunity to expand your rural health grant writing skills. The registration fee is $500. Click here for more information or contact Kassie Clarke. Read more.
NOSORH released two new resources and hosted a successful RHC Virtual Conference last week discussing the 2 new modules from the RHC Committee. You can access the webinar recordings on quality, behavioral health and improving performance and the new modules on the NOSORH website. These modules focus on providing technical assistance to RHCs regarding quality improvement activities and behavioral health integration. Two long-standing corporate partners joined on the third day to discuss assisting RHCs with operational efficiencies. Read more.
The NOSORH Policy Committee is working to review language for reauthorization of the State Office of Rural Health program. It’s been 25 years since this legislation has been enacted. The NOSORH Legislative Liaisons are working together with Policy Committee leaders to review the language for any needed changes and continues to monitor the appropriations process. The following update is provided by Hall Render.
Stalled Budget Proposal Delays Appropriations Process
On March 16, the House Budget Committee passed a fiscal year 2017 budget resolution that continues to divide Republican lawmakers. House conservatives want the government funded at an amount less than the $1.07 trillion included in the budget resolution, which could force the Republican Leadership to pass a continuing resolution (CR) that funds the government at current levels. Although the House Appropriations Committee will begin consideration of the 12 annual spending bills that fund federal agencies, including HHS, Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) has indicated the full House will not vote on any of the bills until a budget is adopted. Read more.
Corporate sponsors are not only an important resource for funding for the mission of NOSORH, they are experts in rural health and often partners to the State Offices of Rural Health. This important work will be featured in a series of articles over the next few months.
For over a decade, State Offices of Rural Health have committed significant time and resources toward developing statewide Critical Access Hospital performance improvement networks. Likewise for over a decade Stroudwater Associates has supported the work of NOSORH and State Offices of Rural Health. The result of this effort and focus has been the formation of mature, effective networks that enable CAHs to learn from one another, share performance data and collaborate on improvement projects. Read more.
NOSORH committees are great focal points for engaging in many NOSORH initiatives. Descriptions of all committees and contact information can be found on the NOSORH website.
Communications – The Communications Committee is planning an earlier launch of activities for this year’s National Rural Health Day celebration on November 17. A NRHD kickoff webinar is being planned for May 25th and the current NRHD website (celebratepowerofrural.org) will soon be moved to the NOSORH website. Be on the lookout for new resources and activities as the website is updated. If you’re interested in joining this committee, please contact committee co-chair Karen Madden. Read more.
Rural Services Integration Toolkit (New)
This new toolkit offers strategies for rural communities seeking to integrate health and human services to increase care coordination, improve health outcomes, and reduce healthcare costs. The toolkit was developed by the NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis and provides information, considerations for implementation, evidence-based models, and resources. Read more.
Thanks to the more than 32 SORH Directors who have responded to a request from new NOSORH staff, Chris Salyers and Ashley Muninger. One hour interviews are currently being scheduled to help NOSORH learn more about activities going on in each state and to see where NOSORH can be of most assistance. The staff are particularly interested in each state’s involvement in delivery system reform/ACA activities, workforce initiatives, activities focusing on data, communication and population health. Read more.
NOSORH offers Steal Sheet articles for SORHs to distribute in emails, in your (or your partners’) newsletter, on websites, Facebook pages, etc. The April Steal Sheet includes:
1) Registration Open for Next NOSORH Grant Writing Institute
2) FORHP Resource Guide Available
1) 2016 Innovations in Rural Health Award