Promising Practice: Rural Collaborative Opportunities for Occupational Learning in Health Scrubs Program

PPThe Rural Collaborative Opportunities for Occupational Learning in Health Scrubs Program, supported by the Center for Rural Health (CRH) and the North Dakota Area Health Education Centers, provides unique, interactive opportunities for rural North Dakota students to learn about health care careers from professionals in the field. Based on programs offered by the South Dakota Healthcare Workforce Center, the goal of the program is to increase students’ knowledge and interest in health careers available in rural North Dakota. Read More


SORH Program 25th Anniversary

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 logo and video for use by SORHs. Read More


NOSORH 2016 Annual Meeting

AnnualMeeting_SaveTheDatePlans for the 2016 NOSORH Annual Meeting are underway! The Annual Meeting will be held in Boston, MA, on September 7-8 at the Omni Parker House Hotel. All attendees are encouraged to participate in the Boston sports themed reception on the evening of September 6, with plenty of fun and unique activities on hand. The agenda is shaping up to include a variety of speakers and topics during the general sessions and 4 tracks for breakout sessions. Read More


 Second National Rural EMS Conference a Success

EMS VendorsEMS leaders from across the nation convened in San Antonio, TX, last month for the 2nd National Rural EMS Conference. Approximately 160 Federal partners, state EMS officials, hospital workers, local EMS providers, State Offices of Rural Health, nonprofits, universities, and other stakeholders were in attendance. Networking, collaboration, and education were the key elements of the conference. Read More


Policy Update

policy-news-editedThe following update is provided by Hall Render:

NOSORH Seeking Reauthorization of SORHs
During April, NOSORH legislative counsel met with lawmakers on Capitol Hill to discuss reauthorization of the State Offices of Rural Health (SORH) grant program. In the House, Rep. Cresent Hardy (R-NV) and Rep. Terri Sewell (D-AL) introduced rural health legislation last week which included the reauthorization of the SORH grant program. The language calls for an increase in the authorization of appropriations to $15 million for fiscal year 2017. NOSORH is also working with members of the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee, which has jurisdiction over the SORH, on the possible introduction of a stand-alone bill to reauthorize the SORH grant program. Read More


Frontier Partners Meeting: Focus on Behavioral Health

frontierFollowing the NOSORH Region D Meeting in Oklahoma City, State Offices of Rural Health are invited to join a facilitated discussion regarding innovative efforts to advance behavioral health services across the frontier. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in an information exchange with experts and peers and discuss behavioral health innovations, challenges, and strategies for frontier communities. New federal and state behavioral health initiatives, funding and payment models, and evidence-based practices for chronic pain management and reduction of opioid abuse will also be discussed. Read More


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.

Awards Committee – The Awards Committee, co-chaired by Margaret Brockman and Cathleen McElligott, will be starting up again soon to plan for the 2016 NOSORH awards program.
Read More about the rest of the NOSORH Committees


NOSORH Committee Spotlight: Finance Committee Back to Work

Committee SpotlightThe NOSORH Finance Committee has been revitalized as of last month. NOSORH Treasurer, Kylie Nissen (ND), called for volunteers earlier this year and 3 other SORH volunteers stepped up and agreed to serve: Karen Pauley (WV), Marcus Pigman (KY) and Kris Juliar (MT). The purpose of the Finance Committee is to review the NOSORH budget at least annually, to help develop appropriate policies and to check consistency between the budget and NOSORH strategic plan. Read More


RHIhub Spotlight

RHIhubIf you missed the RHIhub’s April 14th webinar, Integrating Health and Human Services in Rural Communities, the webinar recording is now available on the website. Speakers included Alycia Bayne, Senior Research Scientist at the NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis; Laura Watters, Network Director of Florissa & Day Services; and Cassalyn David, Community-Clinic Linkages Manager for the Mariposa Community Health Center. Read More


May 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 May Steal Sheet includes:

  • CMS Seeks Rural Input on Unique Payment Model
  • Aetna Foundation Announces Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge
  • SAMHSA Grants Available to Prevent Prescription Drug/Opioid Overdose-Related Deaths
  • Innovative Coordinated Access and Mobility Grants Program
  • Community Connect Grant Program

Click here for the May 2016 Branch Steal Sheet