SORHs and Partners to Meet in Omaha

NOSORH_LogoCYMKDon’t miss this networking opportunity!   State Offices of Rural Health (SORH) and grantees from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy’s Network Development, Rural HIT/Workforce, and Delta programs will be meeting at the NOSORH Annual Meeting in Omaha, NE on October 28-30, 2014.  This meeting is an excellent opportunity to meet with partners and to make new ones.  Visit the NOSORH website to view the draft agenda, sponsorship opportunities and additional meeting information. Read more.


News from SORH Regional Meetings

Thanks to great meeting hosts Britt Catron and Gabriel Chavez of the New Mexico Office of Primary and Rural Health and Mary Winar and Heather Cappabianca of the Connecticut Office of Rural Health.  The hospitality was excellent! Go to our Facebook page to see and share photos from the regional meetings. Read more.



July 3rd Last Day to Register for Grant Writing: Beyond the Basics

GWI Beyond the Basics Flyer_Page_1This month is a great month to take a few hours out of your schedule and sharpen your grantsmanship skills. Four short grants management sessions will be offered as part of the Grant Writing Institute’s (GWI) new advanced course Beyond the Basics. This course is designed for those who already have some grant writing experience and are looking to build on their existing skills. There is no homework, just an opportunity to hear about techniques for sharpening your approach to funders and networking with other funders.  Past participation in NOSORH’s GWI is not required and partners or rural colleagues are invited to attend. Read more.


“A Story for Every State” Effort Will Shine a Light on SORH Connections to Rural Providers and Communities for National Rural Health Day

Kelly PetersonNOSORH has contracted with three-time Emmy award-winning journalist Kelly Peterson to help SORHs get the word out about their good work with rural communities and providers in their state. Peterson will work with SORHs to help them create their state’s own inspiring stories, update key messaging, and build stronger relationships with the media. NOSORH’s goal is to tell a story for every state.  So far, 10 states are set to begin working with Peterson. “All of the meetings are going well.  It is great to hear the excitement and ideas from the SORH and to have an opportunity to build connections with state public information officers,” Peterson said. “The goal is to help states gain media attention for National Rural Health Day and get our message recognized. We have discussed creating mini-vignettes and videos to showcase a powerful story (stories) targeting NRHD. Read more.


Hawaii SORH Addresses Rural Oral Health with Hawaii Smiles Program

PP HandWith funding from a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Oral Health Infrastructure Grant, the Hawaii SORH has partnered with the Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH), Family Health Services Division to assist in rebuilding its oral public health program.  Other partners include staff from the Primary Care Office and Title V Maternal and Child Health Services Block Grant.

“Hawaii’s oral public health program was shut down in 2009 due to lack of funding,” said Gregg Kishaba, Hawaii SORH Rural Health Coordinator. “The need for the program to be restarted was clear when we received two consecutive “F” grades on our PEW Foundation report card for achieving only one of eight key benchmarks.” Some of the indicators used to measure success included fluoridated water systems, school-based dental sealants programs, expanding dental hygienists scope of work, and Medicaid reimbursement. Read more.


Wanted: Grant Reviewers

The Health Resources Service Administration, Office of Financial Assistance Management’s (OFAM) Division of Independent Review has an immediate need for grant reviewers. SORH staff members and their partners are encouraged to lend their expertise by signing up to be part of a pool of volunteer reviewers. If chosen to review a grant application, you will not only perform a service, but also gain valuable insights into what makes a successful application.

OFAM supported a record $7-billion portfolio in 2013, and Division Director Jeannie Davis hopes more academics, clinicians and allied health professionals from minority as well as underserved and underrepresented populations will participate in the grant-review process. Read more.


Rural Health Clinics Committee

Gloria VermieThe precursor to today’s Rural Health Clinics Committee began as a task force in 2009 as the NOSORH funded and organized RHC TA Team (Rural Health Clinics Technical Assistance Team).  The group began by assessing what SORH across the nation were doing to support RHC.   As they evolved; the team realized that SORHs needed resources and TA as well “so they could become a more valuable partner and resource person for the RHCs in their state,

“NOSORH is fortunate to have SORHS that are well-versed on RHCs. Several take an active role in TA, and some deliver services to the RHCs.” Gloria Vermie, IA SORH Director, credits those SORHs along , consultant Rita Salain (former SORH Director) and the NARHC with shaping the NOSORH effort. The group developed the first RHC Toolkit with distinct modules.  As RHCs grew in number nationally, their value and potential became evident. Read more.


Technical Assistance Provided to Rural Health Clinics (RHC) Survey Results

surveyThirty-eight states responded to the SORH Technical Assistance Provided to Rural Health Clinics (RHC) Survey that was conducted in May.  Survey results indicate 48% of SORH occasionally provide services to RHCs and 37% routinely provide technical assistance to RHCs.  The most common form of service is to distribute information to RHCs on a website.  We are in the process of analyzing survey results and plan to release a full report of findings in August 2014. Read more.