The Branch, May 2014

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California SORH Keeps Pulse on Emerging Issues With Webinars and Training

CalSORH Logo -finalIn a state known for technical innovation, the California State Office of Rural Health (CalSORH) uses technology to keep rural providers in the state abreast of current issues. The SORH frequently hosts webinars on topics of current interest, in addition to in-person training workshops.

“We offer training on the topic of the day,” said Corinne Chavez, CalSORH Program Coordinator. “We definitely try to have a pulse on the emerging issues – so we see if we need to contract out to make sure that health care providers are getting the information they need.” Read more.


NOSORH Annual Meeting: Sponsors Welcome!

Postcard_R2Save the Date! The NOSORH Annual Meeting will be held October 28-29th in Omaha, NE.

NOSORH invites organizations to sponsor NOSORH for 2014-15 and be recognized during our 2014 Annual Meeting and National Rural Health Day 2014. Sponsor levels are as follows:

General Sponsors receive one meeting registration; a table display; recognition in meeting materials; and complimentary NOSORH associate membership. Read more.


Getting Ready for National Rural Health Day: A Story for Every State Office

NRHD LogoThis year, National Rural Health Day (NRHD) will be celebrated on November 20th. To help State Offices of Rural Health (SORHs) get ready for NRHD, NOSORH is contracting with Emmy award-winning journalist and media consultant, Kelly Peterson, whose work has been featured on numerous television networks nationwide. Peterson is available to help SORHs produce inspiring and memorable stories, refresh key messaging, and develop stronger relationships with the media—all at no cost to them. Read more.


Register Now! NOSORH’s Beyond the Basics Granting Writing Institute Set for July

GWI Beyond the Basics Flyer_Page_1NOSORH’s Grant Writing Institute has added a new advanced course, Beyond the Basics, designed for individuals looking for grant writing education beyond the introductory or beginning level. The course is designed for individuals who already have some experience writing grants, but wish to build upon their current skills. Past participation in NOSORH’s Grant Writing Institute (GWI) is not required.

“We really hope to help individuals take their grant writing to the next level with this course,” said Kassie Clarke of Grant Expectations, who is the lead faculty for the GWI. “Grant writing is more competitive than ever and we want to give individuals the tools they need to feel confident about their writing and achieve the success they are looking for.” Read more. 


Rural Communities Sought for National Sexual Assault TeleNursing Center Project

telenursing this oneThe Office for Victims of Crime seeks rural communities to submit Concept Papers by Tuesday, May 6, 2014, to participate in the National Sexual Assault TeleNursing Center pilot project. In 2013, the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), in collaboration with the National Institute of Justice, funded the development of a National Sexual Assault TeleNursing Center (NTC) through the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Read more.



Policy Update

policy-news-editedThe Congressional Appropriations Committees are currently working on the FY 2015 Appropriations bills.  As part of that process, the Subcommittee Chairs provide an opportunity for their colleagues to weigh in on what they think funding levels should be for various programs.  NOSORH is encouraging SORHs to contact their congressional representatives and senators to request an increase in the funding level for the State Office of Rural Health line in the 2015 Labor-HHS Appropriations bill. Read more.



Rural Health Clinic Committee Solicits SORH Input to Update RHC Work Survey

surveyAs part of NOSORH’s continuing work to build the technical assistance capacity of SORHs to serve rural health clinics (RHCs), the NOSORH Rural Health Clinic Committee is updating the NOSORH-SORH RHC Work Survey. The survey looks at the wide range of technical assistance (TA) that SORHs provide to RHCs. The goal of the project is to help SORHs conduct some level of TA for RHCs, and to understand the opportunities to expand the capacity of SORHs and their partners. Read more.

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