Last Call for NOSORH Award Nominations- Due August 5

call-for-nominations-01The Awards Committee is accepting nominations for the 2016 NOSORH Awards until August 5! These awards are a special way to celebrate and recognize the hard work and leadership of individuals and organizations dedicated to rural health. The nomination process is easy and is done completely online. Awards will be presented during a ceremony at the NOSORH Annual meeting on September 7. Read More

NOSORH Annual Meeting: Networking Opportunities

AnnualMeeting_SaveTheDateThe NOSORH Annual Meeting is only one month away and registration is still open! To ensure plenty of networking opportunities, two evening events have been organized for participants. A historical walking tour along the Freedom Trail in downtown Boston is planned for Wednesday, September 7. While the 16 official stops on the Freedom Trail give you a glimpse of the beginnings of the American Revolution in Boston, there are also many more stops along the way!  Read More

Plan to Attend EMS Learning Session on September 9

jcrec learning sessionFollowing the NOSORH Annual Meeting, the Joint Committee on Rural Emergency Care (JCREC) invites you to join a learning session on Friday, September 9, from 8:00 am– 12:00pm. Breakfast will be provided. Topics include an introduction to “FirstNet”, an update from the National Highway and Transportation Safety Administration, information on State and National Policy Impact on Rural EMS, and much more. Read more

Rural Health Data Institute: Register by August 12!

NOSORHinstitute_DataInstituteFinalThere is still time to register for the first Rural Health Data Institute starting on September 13, 2016! The Rural Health Data Institute is an online training opportunity designed to provide all SORH staff with a minimum data-use skill set. To accomplish this, the curriculum is designed over eight two-hour sessions meeting every other Tuesday through December 20 from 1:00 – 3:00 pm ET. The eight sessions are intended to assist novice data users in identifying a question, collecting and organizing data, analyzing and interpreting data sets, selecting appropriate messaging, and developing data visualizations. Read More

National Rural Health Day: Honoring Community Stars

National Rural Health Day (NRHD) is only a few months away! Leading up to the event, NOSORH is collecting “Community Star” stories to honor dedicated individuals and organizations who go above and beyond to make their rural community a better place to live, work and play. There is no limit to the number of submissions from each state, so share widely with partners and rural healthcare providers. Click here to submit a story for this year’s publication! Click here to read the 2015 publication. Read More

Become a Rural or Community Health Coding and Billing Specialist

logoAs of April 1, 2016, Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) are now required to provide CPT/HCPCS-2 coding details on all Medicare claims. To help SORHs provide technical assistance to RHCs and FQHCs on billing/coding, NOSORH has partnered with the Association for Rural Health Professional Coding (ARHPC). ARHPC provides educational, certification, billing, and auditing consulting services to rural clinical providers and professional staff at RHCs, affiliated rural hospitals, and community health clinics/FQHCs. Read More

Inaugural EMS Grant Writing Institute a Success

emsIn June, NOSORH launched a new Grant Writing Institute designed specifically for Emergency Medical Services personnel. The inaugural course was a great success with 85 participants from 21 states participating in the 3-part series. Content focused on the “A-Z” in grant writing, funding innovative models of care and learning how to connect and collaborate with funders, community members and stakeholders. NOSORH plans to offer another EMS Grant Writing Institute in early 2017. Read More



Region D SORH Meeting Held in Oklahoma City

IMG_4409The Region D SORH meeting was held June 28-30 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The meeting was attended by 32 participants, representing every state in the region. The Region D Planning Committee put together a fantastic agenda with speakers from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, CMS, Maine Rural Health Research Center, NORC, the Heartland Telehealth Resource Center and presentations on data use and strategies to address rural opioid issues. Read More


25th Anniversary Resources Available for Rural Health Events

25YearsSORHLogoThe State Offices of Rural Health grant program, federally funded since 1991, is in its 25th Anniversary year. To observe this milestone and promote the many successes of the SORH program, NOSORH is offering SORHs a 25th anniversary video and logo. Are you planning a fall or end-of-year meeting/rural health event in your state? If so, these resources would be a unique way to showcase the work of your SORH. Read More

Committee Clips

committee clipsNOSORH 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.
Educational Exchange- The Educational Exchange committee began work on several new educational tools and resources, including a series of fact sheets on telehealth. Volunteers are still being sought to participate in the Travel Scholarship and SORH Proficiencies work groups. The next regularly scheduled meeting will be held on August 15 at 4:00 pm ET. Read More

Policy Update

policyThe following updates is provided by Hall Render:
Appropriations Committee Advances Labor-HHS Funding Bill
On July 14, the House Appropriations Committee advanced the Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 Labor-HHS appropriations bill along party lines (19-12). The committee bill includes a $1 million increase for the State Offices of Rural Health (SORH) to $10,511,000 annually. In June, the Senate Appropriations Committee passed its own FY 2017 Labor-HHS-Ed appropriations bill for the first time in seven years.  Read More

Committee Spotlight: TruServe Advisory Committee    

Committee SpotlightThe newest of NOSORH’s committees, the TruServe Advisory Committee, was formed three years ago to bring together NOSORH, SORHs, and The Center for Rural Health at the University of North Dakota (UND). The committee began with the goal of collaborating to determine how TruServe should be managed, how it could be made better by user input and how it could be marketed to new potential subscribers. Read More


August 2016 Steal Sheet

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

  • 2016 Financial Leadership Summit Report: Strategies for Rural Hospitals Transitioning to Value-based Purchasing and Population Health
  • Webinar: Geographic Variation in Health Insurance Marketplaces: Rural and Urban Trends in Enrollment, Firm Participation, Premiums, and Cost Sharing in 2016
  • Stroudwater Population Health Video Series Now Available
  • Rural Capacity Building for Community Development and Affordable Housing Grants Program

August 2016 Branch Steal Sheet