Regional Meeting Season

NOSORH_LogoCYMKIt’s SORH regional meeting season!  The planning committees have developed unique agendas for each region and all registration materials have been released.   Here’s where SORH are going to be in 2014:

Region A: June 17-19 in Middletown, CT

Region B: August 19-21 in Greenville, SC

Region C: August 13-14 in Des Moines, IA

Region D: June 9-10, 2014 in Santa Fe, NM

Region E: July 23-24, 2014 in Rapid City, SD    Read more.


White House Rural Council Focuses on Philanthropy for Rural Health

White House Rural CoucilState Offices of Rural Health were represented at the White House Rural Council Rural Health Philanthropy Partnership meeting last month by Gloria Vermie (IA) and Teryl Eisinger, NOSORH Executive Director. The meeting, organized by the FORHP, the National Rural Health Association and Grantmakers in Health, brought together rural stakeholders and private foundation leaders to share information on funding rural innovation.  “I was impressed by the level of commitment from the foundations and their interest in rural health.  We hope to build on this effort and raise awareness among grantmakers of the roles of SORH to convene and leverage funds,” said Eisinger. Read more.


Invite Partners or Rural Colleagues to Register Now for GWI’s Advanced Grant Writing Course: Beyond the Basics

GWI Beyond the Basics Flyer_Page_1Individuals looking for grant writing education that goes beyond the introductory or beginner levels, can find everything they need with 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. Past participation in NOSORH’s GWI is not required.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to expand your rural health grant writing credentials! Registration for Beyond the Basics ends July 3rd, so register now to secure your spot! Read more.



NOSORH Will Help SORHs Tell State Stories for National Rural Health Day

NRHD LogoState Offices of Rural Health (SORHs) can spread the word about the good work being done by rural providers in their state with the help of three time Emmy award-winning journalist Kelly Peterson.  Peterson has contracted with NOSORH to help SORHs create their state’s own inspiring stories, update key messaging, and build stronger relationships with the media.  Consultation with Ms. Peterson is provided at no cost to all SORH. Read more.


New York SORH Plays Active Role in State’s North Country Commission

karen Madden This OneThe New York Office of Rural Health (NY SORH) is playing an essential role in a new commission that is looking at how to develop an effective, integrated health care delivery system that will serve all communities in New York’s North Country. (The North Country is composed of nine counties in the northern part of the state, encompassing 13,100 square miles.)

The North Country Health System Redesign Commission (NCHSRC) was created by Governor Andrew Cuomo in December 2013 to examine preventative, medical, behavioral and long-term care services in the region. “When my boss (the Deputy Commissioner for the Office of Primary Care and Health Systems Management) informed me that the Governor created the Commission, we put together a team of folks from various Centers and Divisions in the Department and we were off and running,” said Karen Madden, director of the NY SORH.
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TruServe Update

truserve-logoTruServe is a web-based performance measuring tool offered by NOSORH and the University of North Dakota (UND). TruServe is used by SORH and other rural health entities to track measures of activities for SORH, SHIP and FLEX.  NOSORH’s TruServe Advisory committee advises the UND on the use of the tool and will be reviewing aggregate data prepared by UND staff to document the types of measures and overall impact of SORH work in the near future. Read more.


NOSORH Sponsors Sought for Recognition in Omaha and National Rural Health Day

AM14 - Sponsor and Exhibitor Packet_Page_1Mark your calendars! The NOSORH Annual Meeting is October 28-29, 2014 in Omaha, Nebraska.   The planning committee has drafted an interesting agenda centered around the meeting theme – The Changing Landscape. Meeting topics include population health and telehealth emergency care, among others.  NOSORH invites interested sponsors and non-profit exhibitors to join State Offices of Rural Health (SORH) in Omaha.  See NOSORH’s website  for additional details.  Sponsors are recognized during the annual meeting and during National Rural Health Day in November.

Two additional conference learning opportunities will be provided before and after the annual meeting.  The RHC Committee is offering a Learning Session for SORH in advance of the Annual Meeting.  If you want to learn more about working with RHCs, plan to join them on October 27th from 1-5 PM.  The Joint Committee on Rural Emergency Care (JCREC) is offering a Learning Session on October 30th from 8 AM to noon – please join them to learn more about rural EMS. Read more.


Joint Committee for Rural Emergency Care

don-wood-cropped-headshotThe Joint Committee for Rural Emergency Care (JCREC) is comprised of four organizations:  the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH), the National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO), the National Rural Health Association (NRHA) and the National Rural Health Resource Center (NRHRC). Collectively, JCREC works to provide the more than 60 million Americans who live in rural areas with better emergency services.

“We are committed to fostering development of state level leadership to support delivery of rural emergency care and facilitate coordination that improves care to patients in rural areas,” said JCREC chair Dr. Don Wood, director of the Utah State Office of Rural Health. Read more.


Policy Update

policy-news-editedThe NOSORH Policy Committee and Legislative Liaison, Bill Finerfrock are continuing to work for SORH reauthorization and appropriation.  They report that House Labor-HHS Subcommittee has scheduled their mark-up of the Labor-HHS appropriations bill for June 10th current expectation is that the full Committee will likely take it up on either the 11th or 12th.  No word on the Full Senate Floor schedule for appropriations bills. Read more.