2016 NOSORH Award Nominations Due August 5!

SORH 2015_4283The Awards Committee is now accepting nominations for the 2016 NOSORH Awards! 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. Nominations will be accepted until Friday, August 5 at 5:00 pm EDT. Read More


25th Anniversary Resources Now Available!

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. Read More


Southwest Center for Health Innovation: Technical Assistance Available to Outreach Grantees

chiNORSORH is pleased to announce a resource for SORHs in support of FORHP grantees. The Southwest Center for Health Innovation (CHI), formerly a program of Hidalgo Medical Services in Silver City, New Mexico, serves as a sub awardee of the NOSORH/FORHP Cooperative Agreement. CHI staff have several decades of experience both supporting FORHP grant applications and as a grant recipient. CHI’s major focus has been working with FORHP Outreach and Network grants to inform local, state and national policy. Read More


Rural Health Data Institute-Registration Now Open!

NOSORHinstitute_DataInstituteFinalNOSORH is proud to announce the launch of its first Rural Health Data Institute, which kicks off on September 13 and goes through December 20. 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 from 1:00 – 3:00 pm EST.

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 2016- New Website and Community Stars

NRHD Logo_Noember19,2015The 6th annual National Rural Health Day (NRHD) is just around the corner and activities for this year’s celebration have already begun! A kickoff webinar was held on June 21 to discuss plans for NRHD and to hear from other SORHs about what they are doing to celebrate. In case you missed it, the webinar slides and recording are available now on the NOSORH website. NOSORH would like to build upon the success of last year’s Doc Hollywood/Community Stars stories and once again use NRHD to honor “community stars” who go above and beyond to make their rural community a better place to live, work and play. Read More


SORH Leadership Calls-Thank You for Your Insight!

SORH Leader Call Summary One PagerFrom March through May 2016, new NOSORH staff conducted a series of calls with many of the SORH Directors across the country. These calls allowed new NOSORH staff, Ashley Muninger and Chris Salyers, the opportunity to be introduced to the SORH Directors and learn more about the work going on within each state.

NOSORH is proud to announce that during that time we were able to complete calls with 32 state Directors. “We would like to take this opportunity to express our sincere gratitude to each of you for making time in your already overwhelmed schedules to meet with our staff. The information gleaned during these calls will assist NOSORH in directing education, services, committee work, and external partnerships,” said Chris Salyers. Read More


NOSORH 2016 Annual Meeting Keynote Speaker: Dr. Don Berwick

AnnualMeeting_SaveTheDateThe NOSORH Annual Meeting planning committee is excited to offer an engaging and meaningful agenda. This year’s agenda is more diverse than ever. In addition to general sessions, there will be four different break out “tracks” to choose from: Learning, Growing, Innovating, and Collaborating. This provides an opportunity for participants to build their own agenda for the Annual Meeting and make it a personalized experience. This year, the keynote speaker is Dr. Don Berwick, a leading advocate for high-quality healthcare. Read More


NOSORH Committee Spotlight: Nominating Committee- HELP WANTED

Committee SpotlightIt’s almost NOSORH election time, so that means the NOSORH Nominating Committee will be convening soon. The Committee, chaired by Mary Sheridan, NOSORH Past President, is responsible for identifying interested SORH candidates for NOSORH offices and facilitating the nomination process. In addition, the Committee contacts each region regarding the election of regional representatives. Prior to the NOSORH Annual Meeting in September, the NOSORH membership will be provided with a list nominees. The election of NOSORH officers will then be held by written ballot at the Annual Meeting. Election results will be presented to the group prior to the close of the meeting. Read More


Promising Practice: Kansas SORH Builds Internal Partnership to Reach RHCs


What started with a simple conversation between two programs within the same bureau, has turned into an annual rural health clinic statewide survey with an incredible response rate. Since 2013, the Kansas State Office of Primary Care and Rural Health has partnered with the Kansas Health Facilities Program to survey the more than 160 rural health clinics across the state. These two programs are co-located within the state health agency and were moved together into the Bureau of Community Health Systems in 2012, resulting in a great partnership. Read More


Sponsor Spotlight: The Compliance Team

thecomplianceteamCorporate 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.

 The Compliance Team’s (TCT) is a long standing supporter of the NOSORH mission. Their journey into rural America started 22 years ago when Sandra Canally, RN, began writing quality standards in language everyone could easily understand. Over time, TCT became known for accrediting “Exemplary Providers” in the world of Pharmacy and Durable Medical Equipment. In 2014, CMS approved TCT for the Rural Health Clinic (RHC) program. Read More


Policy Update

policyThe NOSORH Policy Committee continues to work to increase appropriation and reauthorize the SORH program.  Several SORH have reported hearing from congressional members after they received a notice of award of the SORH grant.  This is a great opportunity to share the work of your SORH and what it means to congress members’ constituents. With the help of SORH, Hall Render continues to keep the message alive that there is a need for SORH reauthorization and increased appropriation.  The following update is provided by Hall Render. Read More


Region A SORH Meeting Held in New Hampshire

Region A Group PicThe Region A SORH meeting was held June 14-16 in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. The meeting was attended by 33 participants, representing every state in the region. The Region A Planning Committee put together a great meeting agenda, with speakers from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, CMS, Office of Regional Operations, Northeast Telehealth Resource Center, Maine Rural Health Research Center, North Quabbin Community Coalition, NORC and RUPRI. 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.

Board– The NOSORH Board of Directors met in June to review the 990 tax return, and learned that 98% of NOSORH funds are used for member services. The Board was provided a first draft of the 2016-18 strategic plan summary including proposed services and proposed measures. Board minutes from prior months are viewable here. Read More


RHIhub Spotlight

RHIhubRHIhub is enhancing their rural health storytelling through the art of video production. They are currently producing a series of videos that highlight selected programs featured in RHIhub’s Rural Health Models and Innovations and Rural Monitor newsletter. View the videos that have been completed on the RHIhub Rural Programs Making a Difference YouTube playlist. Read More


July 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 July Steal Sheet includes:

  1. HHS Announces Funding for Quality Payment Program
  2. Socially-Disadvantage Groups Grant (SDGG) Program- Request for Proposals
  3. USDA Rural Community Development Initiative
  4. Health Center Program Service Area Competition- Funding Opportunity Announcement
  5. Anthem Foundation Healthy Generations Program Funding
  6. Registration Open for 2016 3RNet Annual Conference

Click here for the July 2016 Steal Sheet