November 7th, is Last Day to Vote for NRHA President

NRHAFour members are vying to be NRHA’s president-elect, and multiple others are nominated for Board of Trustees and Rural Health Congress positions.  The president-elect will serve in that role in 2015 and as president in 2016.  Cast your vote for president-elect by November 7th for Tommy Barnhart, Patrick J. Branco, Lisa Kilawee, or David Schmitz, MD.  All NRHA voting members should have received their ballot by email. If you did not receive a ballot, contact NRHA membership team. Read more.


Dr. Wakefield Scheduled to Participate in National Rural Health Day Webinar on November 20th

NRHD logoNOSORH is happy to announce a series of webinars on November 20th, National Rural Health Day!  A wide array of topics will be covered including the “ACA and You” webinar, which will feature Dr. Mary Wakefield, Director of HRSA and other HRSA leaders.  State Offices of Rural Health, their community partners and Kristine Sande of RAC will deliver “Rural Health 101, States and Communities at Work” webinar. Read more.


Great Networking at NOSORH Annual Meeting

Networking articleThe NOSORH Annual Meeting was held in the fun and lively Old Market district of Omaha, Nebraska on October 28-29, 2014.  The meeting was well attended by SORHs, our partners and the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy.  Attendees enjoyed an impressive list of speakers and time to connect with friends and colleagues.  Thanks to our sponsors for helping make this meeting a success: iVantage Health Analytics, Stroudwater Associates, Helmsley Charitable Trust, The Compliance Team and Wipfli. Read more.



2014 NOSORH Award Winners

NOSORH’s Award Committee chaired by Sharla Allen (WY) presented  awards to SORH members in Omaha. The awards presentation are a highlight of each NOSORH annual meeting. “It is so great to be a part of the awards review and presentations. To see SORH staff who work so hard be recognized by their peers for their commitment is wonderful. I’m honored to work for the SORH” says Teryl Eisinger, NOSORH Executive Director. For a full list of Award recipients click here.


NOSORH Elects New Officers

Congratulations to Scott Daniels (HI) and Corie Kaiser (OK) for joining the NOSORH Executive Committee.  Scott will serve as the incoming President-elect and Corie will serve as the Secretary.  Both positions will begin in January.
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Rural Assistance Center Update

RACThis column is a new feature of the Branch that will share what’s new from the Rural Assistance Center (RAC), and sometimes to remind you of existing features.
Here are a few of the new things you’ll find on the RAC website:

Responsive Design – SORH staff are always on the go, so the RAC website is now mobile-friendly.  Try it on your phone or tablet today!

New and Updated Topic Guides

  • Healthcare Access in Rural Communities (NEW) – This topic guide provides an overview of challenges to healthcare access in rural America and ways communities and policymakers can address these community needs.
  • Rural Health Disparities (Updated) – This topic guide now features rural/urban comparisons of health status, mortality rates, and life expectancy.
  • Read more.


National Rural EMS Leadership Conference

NASEMSO LogoNOSORH’s JCREC (Joint Committee on Rural Emergency Care) in association with the National Association of State EMS Officials is planning the first ever meeting for rural EMS leaders and advocates.  Plan to attend and support EMS leaders in your state to attend the National Rural EMS Leadership Conference on May 5-6 in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Topics include: Rural and Frontier EMS Agenda for the Future, Important Role of EMS with CAH, Community Paramedicine, Ambulance Service Sustainability, Legislative Update and more.  Read more.


Promising Practices: South Carolina Reaches Out to Uninsured Residents Through the Healthy Outcomes Plan (HOP)

PP HandIn an effort to provide consistent medical care to thousands of underserved residents, South Carolina’s “Medicaid System” has implemented a statewide program designed to coordinate care and provide a medical home for some of its most at-risk residents.

Now in its second year, the Healthy Outcomes Plan (HOP) asked every hospital in the state to identify a predetermined number of low-income, uninsured residents who visited the emergency department at least five times in the last year, and who suffered from a chronic condition such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, sickle cell or HIV/AIDS.  The size of the hospital determined the number of residents they were required to identify, with 50 being the minimum for the state’s smallest hospitals. Read more.


NOSORH Media Toolkit Released

media toolkit picNOSORH released a Media Toolkit at the annual meeting last week in Omaha.  The toolkit was designed to equip each SORH with the right tools to tell their unique story to the media.  The guide contains information and resources that will help support SORHs in communicating key messages to television, radio and print professionals.  You can find this valuable resource here.



NOSORH Regional Meetings – Call for Volunteers

volunteers picNOSORH is looking for volunteers to help plan the 2015 regional meetings.  This year’s meetings will have a new focus of strengthening state partnerships.  Help make these meetings meaningful for all attendees.  Contact Matt Strycker at to join the planning committee.



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 November Steal Sheet includes:

  • National Rural Health Day
  • RAC Resources
  • National Rural EMS Leadership Conference
  • NOSORH Media Toolkit
  • AHRQ Webinar on Using Health IT to Measure Practice Transformation

Click here for this month’s Steal Sheet.