National Rural EMS & Care Conference: Register Today

The National Rural EMS & Care Conference has a compelling agenda planned that you don’t want to miss! The conference will take place in Fargo, North Dakota on April 25-26, 2017. Invited attendees include rural EMS directors, medical directors and officers, rural health care providers, state EMS officials, state rural health officials, hospital administrators, elected officials, federal agency officials, and other EMS partners. Read More


NOSORH Grant Writing Institute Registration Now Open

Registration is now open for the 2017 NOSORH Grant Writing Institute (GWI). GWI features a series of nine online learning sessions that cover every aspect of grant writing with a unique rural health focus. The series is intended for beginners seeking to gain the skills to research and draft winning proposals from various agencies. Don’t miss this opportunity to turn rurality to your advantage, learn to connect with funders, and more! Read More


Policy Update

NOSORH is preparing members for the National Rural Health Association’s Policy Institute next week. A membership meeting will be held February 6th at 5:30 PM in the Capitol Room at the Omni Shoreham hotel, with a reception to honor former Federal Office of Rural Health Policy employee, Keith Midberry. A fact sheet on the request for increased appropriation for SORH is available on the NOSORH website. Any member SORH who would like support preparing for a hill visit, please contact NOSORH Legislative Liaisons Andrew Coats or John Williams. The following update was provided by Hall Render: Read More


Congratulations to Rural Health Data Institute Graduates!

NOSORH is pleased to announce the graduates of the first NOSORH Rural Health Data Institute! Twelve members of SORH teams, representing 9 states, completed the Institute. The Institute covers the spectrum of the data use process and culminates in graduates developing a one-page fact sheet that can be used within their state.  As part of the Institute each participant completed a fact sheet using the skills taught during the Institute. Click here to see some examples of the work completed by the graduates. Read More


Promising Practice: Michigan Center for Rural Health Helps Rural ACOs Get Off the Ground

by Beth Blevins

The goal of Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) is to reduce costs while improving patient care. The Michigan Center for Rural Health (MCRH) is helping two ACOs in their state do just that. “This is all about changing from volume to value in primary care outpatient settings for Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries,” said John Barnas, executive director of MCRH. “It’s a care coordination primary care model where primary care providers work together to reduce costs and improve the health outcome.” Read More


Committee Clips

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.

The 2017 Executive Committee will support the work to update NOSORH policies and procedures this year focusing on Awards, Board responsibilities, Personnel and Finance.

The leadership of the Joint Committee on Rural Emergency Care is working together to develop a rural EMS policy agenda which can be supported by all members and organizations of the JCREC. The next steps include review and adoption by member organizations. Read More


RHIhub Spotlight

The Rural Health Information Hub recently released a new toolkit. The Rural HIV/AIDS Prevention and Treatment Toolkit, developed by the NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis, provides information, strategies, and resources to help rural communities implement HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment programs. Browse program models and examples that span the HIV/AIDS care continuum. Learn how to implement, evaluate, and sustain a program in your community and disseminate program results. Read More


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 February Steal Sheet includes:

  • Catalog of Value-based Initiatives for Rural Providers
  • Rural Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence and Stalking Program
  • Telehealth Resource Center Grant Program
  • Rural Business Development Grants
  • Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Site-based Program