NOSORH Grant Writing Institute: Another Successful Completion and Another Course Coming This Spring

Certificate of CompletionCongratulations to the graduates of the 2014 NOSORH Grant Writing Institute (GWI). This year’s class included 40 people representing SORHs, hospitals, AHECs, state and community health departments, and universities.  This is a nuts and bolts course covering everything from finding funding opportunities, developing evaluations and connecting with community partners. Read more.


Recruitment and Retention of Primary Care Physicians in Rural Areas Toolkit

R&R toolkitIn a recent NOSORH Member survey, more than 50% of SORHs reported a focus on recruitment and retention and more than 70% previously reported they have need for resources to address recruitment and retention.  With this in mind, NOSORH contracted with Boise State University Center for Health Policy to prepare a comprehensive resource for SORHs: The Toolkit for Recruitment and Retention of Primary Care Physicians in Rural Areas is designed to offer valuable resources for physician recruitment and retention to recognize best practices. Read more.


NOSORH to Host Discussion on HHS Initiative Focused on Health Care Delivery System Reform

burwell speakingWith the release of HHS Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell’s announcement on a major new HHS initiative focused on health care delivery system reform, NOSORH is hosting a call for SORHs on March 26th at 4:30 PM to discuss how to move the Medicare program, and the health care system at large, toward paying providers based on the quality and to share ideas and information from their states.  Join Policy Program Monitoring Team Committee (PPMT) Chairs Lynette Dickson (ND), Pat Carr (AK) and Harvey Licht to provide feedback on key rural issues for the Learning and Action Network. Read more.


NOSORH Committee Spotlight: Policy Committee

policy-news-editedThe NOSORH Policy Committee is open to any member of NOSORH who has an interest in learning more about national policy issues and being engaged in the policy activities of the organization. The Committee is responsible for tracking policy issues of interest to NOSORH and coordinating policy communication and educational activities for the organization. Co-Chair Lisa Davis summarizes, “The Policy Committee is one of the longest standing NOSORH committees and addresses a wide range of issues at the national level as well as disseminates information to SORHs on policy issues that impact the delivery of rural health care services in the states.  The committee also works closely with other national partners to further the collective rural health voice in national policy, legislation, and regulation.” Read more.


NOSORH Working to Increase Collaboration with Primary Care Offices

PCOsNOSORH was recently awarded a sub-contract by the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) to strengthen and leverage opportunities for collaboration between state Primary Care Offices (PCOs) and State Offices of Rural Health.  “This is a great opportunity for NOSORH to make connections with ASTHO.  They have a cadre of rich resources for State Health Officers.  Their staff are well organized and help us make a connection between public health and primary care,”  said NOSORH Executive Director Teryl Eisinger. Read more.


Rural Health Summit

Rural Health Summit logoIn 2015 State Offices of Rural Health will meet for their Annual Meeting in conjunction with the Rural Recruitment and Retention Network (3RNet) and the National Cooperative of Health Networks (NCHN) for the first time.  The 2015 Rural Health Summit will bring together individuals and organizations dedicated to improving access to quality rural health care. This year’s event will be bigger than ever with the broad reach of NOSORH, 3RNet and NCHN.  This is a great opportunity to connect with a larger audience. Read more.


NOSORH Website Spotlight: EMS Resources

Key issues word cloudThe redesign of NOSORH’s website allows for all presentations, publications, webinars, and toolkits to be “tagged” when posted.  This creates the “Key Issues” word cloud on each page, which provides for easy searches with links to every resource.  The next time you visit, check out all the topics on the right hand side of the page. Read more.


Promising Practice: Using Technology to Reach New Audiences

PPAmericans are watching increasing numbers of videos online. According to comScore, this number has jumped over 43% to 100 million daily views (that’s roughly one-third of the U.S. population watching a video online each day).  Many companies are using videos in a variety of ways to reach broader audiences in more impactful ways.

The CO SORH has embraced this technology and uses video and digital media in a number of ways to reach constituents.  The CO SORH website hosts a number of examples of digital media including infographics, legislator packets, and videos.  Videos range from National Rural Health Day promotion to their Annual Report.  This was the first year the CO SORH decided to transform the paper annual report into a video report, and it has reinvigorated it in the process. Read more.


National Rural EMS Conference: New Opportunity to Learn about Rural EMS Issues

EMS conferenceThe National Rural EMS Conference: Building Integration & Leadership for the Future in Cheyenne, Wyoming on May 5-6, 2015 will feature hands-on learning and demonstrations of Simulation in Motion.  In addition, conference participants will learn about the future of rural EMS, community paramedicine, systems of care, performance improvement, ambulance service sustainability, rural EMS education, and much more.  The cost to attend the conference is $200 and includes food.  Online registration is now open.  Sign-up today to reserve your spot! Read more.


The Rural Training Track Collaborative Annual Meeting

moving forward in the face of chaosMoving Forward in the Face of Chaos

Madison, Wisconsin – May 27 to 29, 2015

With all the uncertainty around payment reform, workforce needs, medical education finance and governance, it’s sometimes difficult to know how to move forward, even to take the first step. There are lessons to be learned from other Rural Training Tracks, from the past as well as the present. This is your opportunity to both teach and learn! All are invited to participate and contribute to this rural training collaborative! Read more.


Improving Rural Health Network Adequacy

NOSORH offered an informative webinar on Improving Rural Health Network Adequacy in February.  In case you missed it, all the materials and recording have been posted to NOSORH’s website.  The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) has changed the regulatory environment for health network adequacy. New regulations and guidance are being issued at the both Federal and State levels. The webinar explored opportunities for State Offices of Rural Health to participate in the new efforts and approaches to assuring that health networks, including Qualified Health Plans (QHPs) and Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), have adequate providers and facilities. Read more.


RAC Spotlight: Finding Funding & Opportunities on RAC Just Got Easier

The RAC website has long been a popular source to find funding opportunities for rural projects. Recent changes to the RAC website will make it even easier to find potential programs that would be a good match for your organization and the rural health projects you hope to undertake.

  • Updated topic list – The new list of topics allows you to select from a wider range of rural health-related issues you would like to address. It also includes more specific terms that will be helpful in finding programs that fund specific types of projects. 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 March Steal Sheet includes information on:

  • Federal Office of Rural Health Policy new funding opportunities offered: Rural Network Allied Health Training Program (Allied Health Training); Rural Outreach Benefits Counseling Program (Benefits Counseling); and Rural Health Care Coordination Network Partnership Program (Care Coordination).
  • The Hillman Innovations in Care Program Request for Proposals for the 2015 grant cycle
  • ONC recently announced three grant funding opportunity announcements
  • AHRQ Announces Grant Opportunity for Ambulatory Patient Safety Research Read more.