Introducing the 5th Annual NRHD Logo

5thAnniversaryLogo_FNLIntroducing the new 5th Annual National Rural Health Day logo. We hope you will use this logo to connect with your state partners to promote National Rural Health Day on November 19th.  Many thanks to the NOSORH Communications Committee for their input on the design.  Help promote NRHD.  JPEG versions will be available shortly that can be used in your communications about the day. Read more.


Region D Meeting Recap

SORHs in Region D met in Austin, TX on May 19-20.  The Region welcomed new members Louisiana and Arkansas.  It was a great event, attended by 32 participants representing 9 states and the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP), CMS, USAC, TORCH and HRSA.  Many thanks to the Texas State Office of Rural Health for being such great hosts. The presentations from the meeting are posted on our website.  Check out video of Dr. Michael Meit discussing his presentation on Social Determinants of Health: Rural Inequalities and Health Disparities. Read more.


Join us in Portland! 

whitestag Portland OregonRegistration is now open for the 2015 Rural Health Summit (NOSORH Annual Meeting) in Portland, Oregon, September 1-2, 2015.  The Summit brings together the members of three national organizations [National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH); National Cooperative of Health Networks (NCHN); and National Recruitment and Retention Network (3RNet)] dedicated to improving access to quality rural health care. Read more.


Policy Update: Hearings, NOSORH Response and Regulatory Updates

policy-news-editedImportant hearings addressing rural health were held by Senate Labor HHS subcommittee last month.  Tom Morris and other rural stakeholders provided a briefing on rural health issues on May 7th.  To watch the briefing click here.

On Thursday, May 14th, the Senate Finance Committee held a hearing on improving care for Medicare patients with chronic conditions. Key questions were asked of witnesses.  Dr. Patrick Conway, of CMS and Mark E. Miller, Ph.D., Executive Director, Medicare Payment Advisory Commission on new payment models and how rural facilities can be better integrated and facilitate care. Read more.


Committee Clips

Committee NewsNOSORH committees are great focal points for engaging on many NOSORH initiatives, descriptions of all committees and contact information can be found on the NOSORH website.

Committee News:

Awards Committee – The Awards Committee led by Sharla Allen (WY) will begin a review of the NOSORH awards program and plan for soliciting award nomination and selection in time for recognition at the NOSORH annual meeting in Portland.

Communication Committee – The Communication Committee continues to work on plans for National Rural Health Day including outreach to grant makers and other stakeholders to support the work of SORH for National Rural Health Day.  A webinar and partners meeting is being planned to kickstart the activities for the fifth anniversary of National Rural Health Day. Read more.


Help Wanted

help wantedNOSORH Past President, Alisa Druzba (NH) is beginning the work to develop a slate of candidates for the NOSORH 2016 Officers and is looking for Nominating Committee volunteers.  NOSORH bylaws call for the committee to include the Past-President and 5 other members including 2 non-Board members.  The committee usually meets a few times by phone in order to accomplish this important work.  If you’re interested in serving please contact Alisa directly. Read more.


Simple Approach to Convening Important Partners

PPThe Louisiana Office of Rural Health gets together with rural health partners every quarter for an informal luncheon to discuss the latest issues and to identify areas of collaboration.  Tracie Ingram, SORH Director, says, “We communicate so often anyway that we decided we needed a day set on the calendar to all get together.”  Invited are those with a statewide rural interest.  The key attendees are the SORH, the Primary Care Association, Hospital Association, Rural Health Association and QIO.  They discuss policy implications, grant opportunities, and hot topics to see how they can partner with each other or help one another. Read more.


NOSORH Committee Spotlight – Executive Committee

Committee SpotlightThe Executive Committee includes the NOSORH officers, (President, Past-President, President-Elect, Treasurer, Secretary) and the Parliamentarian.  The role of the Executive Committee is to plan the efforts of the Board and works closely with Executive Director to track and ensure progress on strategic priorities.  Mary Sheridan, NOSORH President appreciates “the passion and dedication of the people on the Executive Committee.”  She continues, “We have robust conversations to take back to the board to get their input.  We brainstorm and bounce ideas off of each other.” Read more.


RAC Spotlight: Rural Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Toolkit

RAC logoRAC has recently launched a new Rural Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Toolkit. The toolkit is designed to help rural communities and organizations develop and implement programs that improve the health of their residents based on proven approaches and strategies. The Rural Mental Health and Substance Abuse Toolkit contains eight modules with information and links to resources, websites, publications, and tools. The toolkit includes:

  • An overview on health promotion and disease prevention programs in rural areas
  • Program model examples
  • Guidance on implementation, evaluation methods, and more. Read more.


Frontier Innovators Meeting

MontanaInterested SORH and other guests are invited to join a discussion with selected frontier communities that are implementing innovative efforts to advance health services to our most remote communities.  The day will consist of a facilitated discussion to support frontier health care innovators, share ideas, and help identify ways frontier communities and providers can take advantage of opportunities afforded by recent policy changes and demonstration availability.  Read more.


NOSORH Webpage Resources: Past Event Materials

Featured ResourcesThere have been some great meetings recently.  In case you were unable to attend the 1st Rural EMS meeting, take a look at NOSORH’s Educational Resources – Past Events Page to catch up on meetings you did not get a chance to go to.  You can find all the presentations from each of the meeting on this page. Read more.



Educational Exchange: South Carolina and Colorado

sherri coxNOSORH’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.

In continuation of the Educational Exchange that happened in the Fall of 2014 between the 3 non-profit SORHs (MI, SC, and CO), Sherri Cox visited the Colorado Rural Health Center to learn new communications and marketing skills.  She learned how to produce story telling marketing videos, improve social medial skills, event planning tips, and how to develop a communications plan. Read more.


Get Your Steal Sheet!

NOSORH offers Steal Sheet articles for SORHs to distribute in emails, in your (or your partners’) newsletter, on web sites, Facebook pages, etc.  The June Steal Sheet includes

New Resources:

1) Rural Health Works Tools for Network Planning Grants

2) AHRQ Webinar on June 10th Featuring Hospital Success Stories from Patient Safety Organizations

Click here for the full Steal Sheet.