25th Anniversary Resources Now Available!

25YearsSORHLogoFederally funded since 1991, the State Offices of Rural Health grant program is in its 25th Anniversary year. NOSORH would like to support the observance of this milestone and promote the many successes of the SORH program by offering a 25th anniversary video and logo for use by SORHs. Two free resources are available now to support SORH and their partners to observe the anniversary.  A national video was created for use by SORHs to promote the successes of the SORH program. The standard video is available now at no charge for all SORHs to share on websites, social media and other communication channels. Read More


Rural Health Data Institute- Save-The-Date!

The NOSORH Rural Health Data Institute starts September 13 and registration is just around the corner! This 8-session online institute will assist SORH staff in understanding, finding, analyzing, using, and visualizing data important to rural health issues. Registration space for the first cohort will be limited and only available to SORH staff. Look for more information in your inbox within the next few weeks!


EMS Grant Writing 101 Virtual Conference- Register Now!

emsNOSORH is offering a 3-part “EMS Grant Writing 101 Virtual Conference” starting in June! Rural EMS agencies and other interested partners will learn how to write and submit a complete grant proposal, understand rural relevant data important to EMS and identify funding opportunities.
Session 1: June 15 at 3:00 pm ET Getting Started: Understanding Need, Collecting Data and Developing Community Support
Session 2: June 22 at 3:00 pm ET Building Your Proposal: Telling Your Story
Session 3: June 29 at 3:00 pm ET Connecting with Funders to Submit a Successful Proposal
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NOSORH 2016 Annual Meeting

AnnualMeeting_SaveTheDateThe 2016 NOSORH Annual Meeting will be held in Boston, MA, on September 7-8 at the Omni Parker House Hotel. The registration link will be available by June 8!

For the first time, the Annual Meeting will feature SORH Ignite sessions. Ignite is a 5-minute presentation format that allows 20 slides, which automatically advance every 15 seconds. The result is a fun and fast presentation. The Annual Meeting Planning Committee is seeking SORH volunteers who would like present an Ignite Session on a topic relevant to rural health leaders. Read More


NOSORH Committee Spotlight: Awards Committee Now Accepting Nominations

Committee SpotlightThe Awards Committee, Co-Chaired by Cathleen McElligott (MA) and Margaret Brockman (NE), is now accepting nominations for the 2016 NOSORH Awards! The Awards Committee is responsible for reviewing nominations and selecting award recipients. 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. Read More


Promising Practice: Wyoming Telehealth Network

PPIn July 2015, the Wyoming Department of Health’s Office of Rural Health (ORH), through the Wyoming Telehealth Network (WyTN), began offering telehealth technical assistance grants with the goal of connecting rural Wyoming facilities to telehealth services. Grantees represent public health nursing, physical rehabilitation, behavioral health centers, private practice physicians, community health centers, prevention programs, rural health clinics, and hospitals. ORH currently contracts with Ptolemy Data Systems to work directly with sites to assure connectivity. Read More

Sponsor Spotlight on iVantage Health Analytics: Powering Performance Improvements for Rural Hospitals


Many NOSORH members are familiar with iVantage Health Analytics as the analytics firm powering the NOSORH Performance Leadership recognitions. The company’s Hospital Strength INDEX® is the basis of many of rural healthcare’s most prominent awards and is used by organizations such as NOSORH and NRHA in support of their advocacy and legislative initiatives. Read More


Policy Update

policyReminder:  Contact your legislators to support Bipartisan Bill Introduced to Strengthen Rural Healthcare Networks and Reauthorize SORH Program

On April 29, Reps. Cresent Hardy (R-NV) and Terri Sewell (D-AL) introduced a bill (H.R. 5133) to improve rural health services by providing support to existing rural hospitals, incentivizing the construction of new rural facilities, and directing HHS to monitor health disparities in rural areas. Read More


State Innovation Models (SIM) Initiative: A Report on the Role of SORHs

CMSSeventeen states have received State Innovation Models (SIM) funding either in Round One or Two to test state-led, multi-payer health care payment and service delivery models. Round One Test Awards are in the final year of demonstration, while Round Two Test Awards are in the second year of funding. NOSORH reached out to SORHs to get an update on rural initiatives within state SIM plans in these states along with the involvement of SORHs in the implementation of these initiatives. Click here to read the full report.


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 reviewed and approved the NOSORH annual A-133 audit. Jim Dedyne of Maner Costerian reported that this audit “is the best report we can give you, no compliance issues and nothing even minor to report”.  Read More


June 2016 Branch 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 June Steal Sheet includes:

  1. Special Edition CMS Rural Health Open Door Forum on June 7
  2. Registration Open for 2016 3RNet Annual Conference
  3. Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training (BHWET) for Paraprofessionals and Professionals
  4. Engaging Businesses for Health- Robert Wood Johnson Foundation RFP
  5. Using Behavioral Science to Advance Community Health and Well-BeingA request for problems to tackle with behavioral science- RFP
  6. Pearson Early Career Grant

Click Here for the June 2016 Branch Steal Sheet