This week, State Offices of Rural Health (SORH) and other rural health partners from around the country will gather for the National Rural Health Association Policy Institute. Together with state partners and NRHA, NOSORH will ask Congress to increase appropriations for SORH by $5.5 million. “This is just the beginning of this work. I’m proud that the Board of Directors has a vision to increase funding for SORH. Funding has been level or lower for at least the past years, despite increasing demands on SORH. ” Read more.
This message is your invitation to join the planning committee for the NOSORH Annual Meeting (aka Rural Health Summit) in Portland, Oregon on September 1-2, 2015. We need members to help plan an agenda addressing issues of interest to SORH. The committee is expected to meet about 3 times over the next few months. Read more.
The 2015 Rural Health Summit will bring together the members of three national organizations dedicated to improving access to quality rural health care. Approximately 300 network leaders, recruitment and retention specialists, and State Offices of Rural Health staff will join in a unique two-day opportunity to network, share resources, and strategize collaborative solutions. Don’t miss the opportunity to help sponsor and be a part of this event! Read more.
The Joint Committee on Rural Emergency Care invites Rural Emergency Medical Service (EMS) Directors, State EMS Officials, State Offices of Rural Health, Flex Program Managers, hospital administrators, elected officials, medical directors & other interested EMS partners to attend the National Rural EMS Conference: Building Integration & Leadership for the Future in Cheyenne, Wyoming on May 5-6, 2015. During the conference participants will learn about the future of rural EMS, community paramedicine, systems of care, performance improvement, ambulance service sustainability, rural EMS education, simulation in motion, and much more. Read more.
Community Paramedicine (CP) is an evolving model of community-based health care in which paramedics function outside their customary emergency response and transport roles in ways that facilitate more appropriate use of emergency care resources and/or enhance access to primary care for medically underserved populations. Several countries and states around the U.S., including North Carolina, Colorado, Minnesota, Maine, and Texas, have implemented variations of Community Paramedicine. Every state has implemented a CP model that works best for them. Taking a closer look at how Maine implemented their CP program across the state provides examples of best practices and the role of the State Office of Rural Health (SORH). Read more.
NOSORH’s Educational Exchange Program offers support for SORH staff to meet with another SORH to develop or enhance their expertise or knowledge, leadership skills, adopt a promising practice, or improve effectiveness of program management, strategy planning and implementation. This is an excellent opportunity for SORHs to learn from each other and enhance their ability to better serve their rural constituents. The 3 non-profit SORHs took advantage of this opportunity this past September to share their unique experiences and learn from each other. Read more.
Moving Forward in the Face of Chaos
The Rural Training Track Collaborative Annual Meeting Madison, 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.