Your Invitation to Support NOSORH: Sponsor & Partner Prospectus 2017

You’re invited to partner with NOSORH to Celebrate the Power of Rural and help build the capacity of State Offices of Rural Health (SORH). NOSORH is offering new and exciting ways for your organization to support the work of all 50 SORH. Explore a sponsorship level that meets your needs and showcase your organization at the NOSORH Annual Meeting in Savannah, Georgia on September 6-7, 2017. The Annual Meeting brings together over 150 attendees, including representation from all 50 SORH staff and partners from across the country who are dedicated to improving access to quality rural health care. Don’t miss this opportunity to network, share resources, and create collaborative solutions. Read More


EMS Grant Writing 101 Institute- Register Now!

NOSORH is launching another EMS Grant Writing 101 Institute this July. This 3-part webinar series introduces EMS agencies to the basics of grant writing, how to connect with funders and partners, and where to find funding. NOSORH will also provide templates to help agencies get started with the writing process. The series begins on July 15 and will be held on three consecutive Tuesdays at 3:00 pm ET. All sessions will be recorded. Please share this information with EMS agencies and partners in your state. Read More


National Rural EMS & Care Conference a Success

The National Rural EMS & Care Conference in Fargo, North Dakota, was nothing short of a success. Nearly 170 EMS providers, State Offices of Rural Health, state EMS officials, EMS chiefs and personnel attended the annual conference. NOSORH, the Joint Committee on Rural Emergency Care (JCREC) and the North Dakota Center for Rural Health would like to thank all of the attendees, as well as the vendors and sponsors who helped make the conference happen. Read More


NOSORH Annual Meeting Plans Underway

Preparation has begun for the 2017 NOSORH Annual Meeting to be held September 6-7 in Savannah, Georgia. As the planning committee convenes, they will be looking at more topic ideas than ever before. Beyond speaker proposals, the committee will be considering ideas from the entire NOSORH membership, committees, sponsors, and staff. As always, the planning committee wants to ensure the agenda is both meaningful and dynamic by including a mix of general sessions, break-outs, Ignite sessions, a keynote speaker, and poster sessions. Read More


SORH Regional Partnership Meetings

The SORH Regional Partnership Meetings are just around corner! The planning committees are putting the finishing touches on the agendas, which feature a wide range of topics, such as workforce, telehealth reimbursement, communications strategies, efforts surrounding the opioid crisis, and state specific projects being shared. Each region has created their own “state sharing” template unique to the needs of their region.  Read More



Policy Update

Last week, NOSORH leaders visited congressional staffers from eight states. Among those in attendance were Mark Schoenbaum (MN), Policy Committee Co-Chair; John Barnas (MI), Policy and Program Monitoring Team Co-Chair; Teryl Eisinger, NOSORH Executive Director; and Andrew Coats, Legislative Liaison. “We certainly heard support from nearly every office, and in fact, that support was evident in the passing of the Continuing Resolution with an increase to SORH,” said Eisinger. Read More



SORH Policy Issues Shared with National Advisory Committee 

The National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services (NACRHHS) met last month in Washington, DC. The 21-member committee’s purpose is to advise the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services.  Mary Sheridan (ID) serves on the committee and was in attendance along with Teryl Eisinger, NOSORH Executive Director. The committee listened to concerns and successes of national associations and other stakeholders, including health and human services providers and NOSORH. Read More


Rural Health Clinic Technical Assistance Survey Results

Thank you to the forty states who completed the RHC Committee survey last month. The survey was used to query SORH on the types and amounts of technical assistance provided by SORH to RHCs and other safety net providers in each state, and to help determine what resources need to be developed to assist SORH in this effort. SORH indicated they need more resources for RHCs on Value Based Care, Primary Care Medical Homes, mock surveys, data, quality improvement, grant writing, Accountable Care Organizations, and telehealth. Read More


Promising Practice: Montana’s Rural Health Initiative Promotes Healthy Lifestyles and Communities

By: Beth Blevins

A farmers market, a community garden, chemo care kits—these projects and others were started with the help of Mini Grants from the Montana Office of Rural Health’s Rural Health Initiative (RHI). The grants were awarded last fall and earlier this year to a total of seven community organizations across the state, using leftover funds from the first Montana Healthy Communities Conference, held in the fall of 2015. Read More


NOSORH Presents on PCO Collaboration at PCO Training Academy

On April 18-19, the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) hosted the PCO Training Academy Kick-Off at their offices in Arlington, Virginia. The PCO Training Academy is an orientation program for new PCO staff and provides a mentoring opportunity to pair new PCO staff with veteran staff. Presentations included shortage designation, meeting their project officers and strategic partnerships (SORH, PCA, etc.). During breakout sessions, mentors and mentees met to discuss the objectives of their mentoring program and strategies to accomplish the objectives over the next year. Read More


Committee Clips

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.

The Flex Committee discussed new resources available from TASC and RQITA to assist SORH with their Flex Program requirements. The committee also provides a venue for Flex Coordinators to share issues and ideas included in the grant writing process for this year’s application. Read More


Rural Health Research Gateway Offers Free and Easy Access to Research

The Rural Health Research Gateway provides free access to publications and projects from all Rural Health Research Centers that are funded by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy. The primary purpose of Gateway is to provide access to rural health services research with the intent of informing and influencing health policy. Gateway staff would like to invite you to use the Rural Health Research Gateway to discover reliable and relevant rural health research. Please feel free to share Gateway and its resources on your own websites by providing your users with a link to the Gateway website. Read More


RHIhub Spotlight

The Rural Health Information Hub (RHIhub) will be hosting the second webinar in its series focusing on the findings of the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Reports on Rural Health on Wednesday, May 3, at 12:00 pm ET. This webinar, Mental and Behavioral Health of Rural Children – Insights from the CDC MMWR Rural Health Series, focuses on the factors affecting mental and behavioral health for rural children and ways that these health needs can be addressed at the community level. Read More


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 2017 Steal Sheet includes:

  1. Webinar: Rural Health Clinics Technical Assistance
  2. Rural Community Hospital Demonstration Program
  3. Kendal Charitable Funds: Promising Innovations Grants Support Organizations Serving Seniors
  4. Request for Proposals: Health Data for Action Program