Registration Open for 2015 Rural Health Summit

AM15Registration is now open for the 2015 Rural Health Summit to be held September 1-2, 2015 in Portland, Oregon.  The Rural Health Summit is this year’s NOSORH Annual Meeting combined with 3RNet and the National Cooperative of Health Networks (NCHN), hence the new name for the meeting.  Over 300 participants are anticipated at the conference and expect to fill the conference hotel to capacity, so make hotel reservations early to ensure lodging at the hotel.  Click here to register. Read more.


2016 Annual Meeting Site Announced –Vote For The Date

Vote NowDuring its April Board meeting the NOSORH Board of Directors voted to convene the annual meeting in Boston in the late summer or early fall 2016.  Now we need your help to pick the best date.  We’ve worked with a Boston hotel to identify some dates when the lodging would be least expensive.  Please click here to voice your opinion about the date for the 2016 Annual Meeting no later than 5/11/15. Read more.


Keep The Messages About Your SORH Work and Needs of Rural Communities Moving

policy-news-editedYou finished your SORH, FLEX and SHIP grant applications, you’ve written about the needs of rural providers and your plans to address those needs now take that homework that you did for your grant applications, summarize it and craft it into a fact sheet you can share with members of Congress to document the needs of rural people and providers and to tell the story of you use federal dollars.  It sounds like there will be a Senate hearing coming up soon, NOSORH submitted written testimony on the need to increase SORH funding and at least one SORH has heard of an invitation to their state to testify.  (Thanks to Pat Justice from the Washington SORH for that information!) 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.

NOSORH Board – The NOSORH 2015 Board of Directors approved the NOSORH 990 tax return, voted on the 2016 annual meeting site and took action to respond to the OIG report on swing beds.  They are also looking for input on State Innovation Models (SIM) and feedback on health system reform for Secretary Burwell.

Development Committee – The Development Committee met during the NRHA conference and discussed ideas for a data project to assist with needs assessments, funders for NRHD and dues rates. Read about all NOSORH committees.


Last Chance to Register for The Rural Training Track Collaborative Annual Meeting

Last-chance-clockMadison, 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.


Get Ready for the 5th Annual National Rural Health Day 2015!

NRHD Logo_Noember19,2015NOSORH, the State Offices of Rural Health, and our Partners are excited to be celebrating the 5th Annual National Rural Health Day this year.  When planning this event, and most events, NOSORH strives to make this year bigger and better than last year, and the 5th Annual National Rural Health Day is no exception.  NOSORH’s goal is to supply SORHs and Partners with resources and information to help celebrate NRHD in the best possible way.

The information and templates on the website are in the process of being updated to get an earlier start on celebrating this year.  NOSORH is planning a “Getting Ready for National Rural Health Day” webinar in June.  This will give us the opportunity to really get a head start and make the fifth year, the best year. Read more.


Dentaquest Promising Practice: Integrating Oral Health into Rural Primary Care

PPThe South Carolina Office of Rural Health is partnering with Dr. Amy Martin of the Medical University of South Carolina and SC Rural Health Research Center at the University of South Carolina to identify best practices to incorporate oral health interprofessionalism into rural health clinics.  SCORH wants to develop a national model for SORHs interested in providing technical assistance for oral health integration to meet the objectives of the Triple Aim. Read more.

NOSORH Committee Spotlight – Education Exchange

Committee SpotlightSORH continually state that they often learn best from other SORH.  To facilitate this peer-to-peer learning, NOSORH’s Education Exchange committee focuses on enhancing the leadership of SORH through education and training assistance.  The EE committee oversees the topics/suggestions for webinars, learning communities, institutes, mentoring, toolkits and promising practices.  Co-Chairs Natalie Claiborne (MT) and Scott Ekblad (OR) lead the work of the Education Exchange Committee. “The Education Exchange committee is working with other NOSORH committees and the NOSORH Board to enhance the learning opportunities for SORHs.  This is a great time for SORHs to weigh in on their educational needs,” encourages Scott Ekblad. Read more.


RAC Spotlight: Rural Monitor

RAC logoThe Rural Assistance’s Center’s Rural Monitor is changing! Instead of being a quarterly newsletter, the Rural Monitor now publishes articles on a more frequent basis. New articles are featured on the RAC website, as well as in the biweekly RAC Update. With the new format, the Rural Monitor includes shorter feature articles on a variety of rural health issues, human interest stories on interesting rural health programs from around the country, and insights from rural health experts and leaders. Read more.


Regional Meetings Begin This Month!

register nowHave you registered and made hotel reservations for this year’s Regional Partnership Meetings?  If not, click on the links below to join your colleagues for an informative meeting with your state partners.


Region D – Austin, TX – May 19-20



Region A – Annapolis, MD – June 16-18



Register for other Regional Partnership Meetings.


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.  Meeting will be held on July 10th from 9:30 am to 3 pm in Bozeman, MT at the Hilton Garden Inn.  For more information, please contact Susan Wilger, National Center for Frontier Communities at 575-313-4720 or Read more.


NOSORH Webpage Resources: Promising Practices

Featured ResourcesEach month NOSORH showcases a SORH with a unique approach to improving health care in rural areas with the greatest potential for replication by other SORHs.  Since 2013, NOSORH has promoted 23 promising best practices on a wide variety of rural health interests and from all regions of the country. Topics include recruitment and retention, behavioral health, rural veterans, telehealth, community paramedicine, and many more.  A catalog of these valuable resources is maintained on the NOSORH website.  You can also search by topic or Promising Practices on the NOSORH word cloud found on each NOSORH webpage.  Last year 87% of SORHs reported that Promising Practice articles in the NOSORH Branch newsletter are valuable or of interest. 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 May Steal Sheet includes information on:

New Resources:

1) New AHRQ Report: Quality of Care and Patient Safety Are Improving, Particularly for Hospital Care, Though Additional Work Remains

2) Free CE/CME: Health Care Teamwork Training Available Online

Click here for more Steal Sheet resources.