The next NOSORH Grant Writing Institute will begin on April 14th. The 9-part webinar series covers every aspect of grant writing with a unique rural health focus. This series is perfect for beginners seeking to gain the skills to research and draft winning proposals from various agencies and foundations. Register now for this opportunity to expand your rural health grant writing skills. The registration fee is $500. Click here for more information or contact Kassie Clarke. Read more.
Join NOSORH on March 29-31, 2016 for an RHC Virtual Conference from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm ET each day. State Offices of Rural Health and other interested parties are encouraged to participate to learn more about how to support RHCs with quality improvement initiatives, behavioral health integration and operational efficiencies.
March 29 – Session #1: Quality Improvement Initiatives in RHCs
March 30 – Session #2: Behavioral Health Integration in RHCs
March 31 – Session #3: Improving Performance & Compliance in RHCs
Mark your calendars with these dates and locations for the NOSORH Regional Partnership Meetings. “These meetings are a great opportunity for our members to learn from each other in their own regions. Every year our members report on the high value of these meetings to help their SORHs achieve their mission,” says Teryl Eisinger, Executive Director, NOSORH. Look for registration to become available soon. Click here for full information on all regions.
The 2nd National Rural EMS Conference: Building Integration & Leadership for the Future is quickly approaching on April 21-22, 2016 in San Antonio, Texas. NOSORH’s Joint Committee on Rural Emergency Care (JCREC) encourages Rural Emergency Medical Service (EMS) Directors, State EMS Officials, State Offices of Rural Health, Flex Program Managers, hospital administrators, elected officials, medical directors & other interested EMS partners to attend. Read more.
On February 9, President Obama released a $4.1 trillion budget proposal for fiscal year 2017. The budget release is the unofficial kickoff to the annual appropriations cycle for Congress, which continued throughout February with a flurry of congressional hearings that saw testimony by cabinet secretaries and agency heads.
Included in the budget request to Congress was $9,511,000 for State Offices of Rural Health under the Health Resources and Services Administration account. Through its new advocacy counsel, Hall Render, NOSORH has been meeting with a number of House and Senate appropriators to request increased funding in FY ’17. These include members of Congress from: Alabama, Arkansas, California, Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky, Kansas, Oregon, South Carolina, and Tennessee. Teryl Eisinger, NOSORH Executive Director reports that “We’re thankful that about one-third of State Offices of Rural Health and their partners around the country have been helping prepare budget request forms to their congressional members. Hall Render provided us with a template for making those requests. We’d like to hear from any SORH or partner who may need help supporting the effort to move forward.” Read more.
It is budget, audit and tax season at NOSORH and NOSORH is looking for volunteers for the Finance Committee. The Finance Committee reviews NOSORH budget annually to help develop appropriate procedures for budget preparations and to check consistency between the budget and NOSORH strategic plan. The Committee also provides oversight and assists the Treasurer to ensure that the organization’s State and Federal legal responsibilities with respect to non-profit status are handled in an appropriate manner. Contact Kylie Nissen if you want to help with the important work of this committee. Read more.
NOSORH 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 January to review the needs of State Offices of Rural Health, meet with Federal Office of Rural Health Policy staff, to reflect on accomplishments from the last year, and plan for the 2016-18. Upcoming activities include a focus on data resources for SORH, focusing educational efforts and growing the understanding of work SORH are engaged in related to system reform. The Board expects to review and adopt 2016-18 strategies in April. Read more about the rest of the NOSORH Committees.
The work of the Arizona SORH was recently highlighted by 3RNet for their exceptional collaboration with other state partners using the state 3RNet membership to work on improving access to health care in rural and underserved areas across the state. The Arizona 3RNet membership is divided among the following organizations:
- The Arizona Center for Rural Health (Arizona’s State Office of Rural Health),
- The Arizona Department of Health Services in the Bureau of Health Systems Development (Arizona’s Primary Care Office), and
- The Arizona Alliance for Community Health Centers (Arizona’s Primary Care Association).
These organizations started what they call their “enhanced collaboration” with 3RNet in 2012. Joyce Hospodar with the Center for Rural Health said, “We each were focused on meeting the needs of recruiting and retaining health professionals in the rural and underserved areas of our state. We shared a common understanding of those needs in our state, and we believe that working together and sharing the national 3RNet resource works best for all.” Read more.
In December 2015, Chris Salyers (formerly with the KY SORH) participated in a NOSORH Educational Exchange with the Colorado Rural Health Center to learn more about their programs. Chris’s overall goal was to come back to Kentucky prepared to help implement new ideas and replicate some of CHRC best practices.
Over the course of a few days, Chris met with the majority of the Workforce and Outreach teams to identify areas of improvement for KORH. He spent time with Bridgette reviewing their policies and procedures for outreach – including their communications plan, marketing policies, and more. This exhaustive manual provides the framework for why CRHC is a leader at meeting the charge of information collection/dissemination. Read more.
The RHIhub’s State Guides feature key rural health resources for each state. RHIhub appreciates the support and collaboration of State Offices of Rural Health in keeping these pages up-to-date over the last decade. This past year, RHIhub has had some changes to which information specialists maintain each state guide. The RHIhub staff will be contacting SORHs over the course of the next year to review the content on each state’s guide. SORHs are encouraged to reach out to the RHIhub at any time to tell us about documents, funding opportunities, events, and other resources that should be included on your state’s page. Click here for your region’s state guide contacts.
Over the past year, NOSORH has worked with a group of collaborative partners to develop and implement a monthly Rural Health Learning Collaborative Webinar. “We started out with an idea to work together to build collaboration through offering learning opportunities to State Offices of Rural and public health stakeholders at the same time on the same topic.” says Teryl Eisinger, NOSORH Executive Director. The initial efforts were to focus on emerging issues in rural population health. The collaborative includes stakeholders from the CDC Office of State and Territorial Projects, the National Coordinating Center for the CMS Quality Improvement Networks (QIN), the National Rural Health Association, and the American Public Health Association’s Rural and Frontier Sub-committee. NOSORH has provided webinar technology, staff support and committee leadership along with facilitators Kate Perkins and Barbara Levin. Read more.
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:
1) Registration Open for Next NOSORH Grant Writing Institute
- HRSA Announces $6 Million Telehealth Grant Program
- Center for Sharing Public Health Services Launches Grant Program
- National Safety Net Advancement Center “First-of-its-Kind” Call for Proposals