Join us for National Rural Health Day

NRHD Logo_Noember19,2015National Rural Health Day (NRHD) is just around the corner and we need your help to spread the “Power of Rural” message! There are many ways to get involved on November 17 and beyond. NOSORH would like to track the celebration activities of State Offices and publicize your efforts! Are you holding a photo contest? Hosting an event? Click here to let us know your plans!  Read More

Report Summarizes SORH Delivery System Reform, Other Work
and Needs of SORH

sorh-leader-call-summary-one-pagerLast spring Chris Salyers, Education Services Director, and Ashley Muninger, Communications and Development Coordinator, conducted a series of calls with the SORH Directors from March through May 2016. A complete report has been developed to analyze the results of these interviews. The report, entitled An Overview of the Work and Needs of State Offices of Rural Health: Analysis of 2016 Telephone Interviews with State Office Directors, is now available on the NOSORH website.  Read More


Policy Update

policyThe Policy Committee took a break while congress was in recess this month. The Policy Program Monitoring Team (PPMT) hosted an “all SORH” invited meeting in October. Harvey Licht (Varela Associates) shared information on essential community providers, comparison of changes in benefits for qualified health plans. With the November elections looming, the House and Senate are out of session for the bulk of October and early November.  Both chambers will return on November 14 for the final month of legislative business in the 114th Congress. Read More


Grant Writing Resources Available

grantMore and more rural constituents are interested in applying for Rural Health Network Development grant funds.  Many organizations do not fully understand the steps that need to have already taken place prior to submitting an application or the amount of work that goes into completing an application. To help constituents understand how to be a successful applicant, NOSORH hosted the webinar Keys to Writing a Successful Rural Health Network Development (RHND) Grant Program Application. Read More


Promising Practice: Oregon Office of Rural Health Conducts Statewide Listening Tours with Rural Facilities

ppBy: Beth Blevins

The Oregon Office of Rural Health (OORH) has learned that the simple act of listening can be a powerful tool for change. With Listening Tours conducted in 2014 and again this year, OORH has met with Oregon rural facilities to see what their most pressing challenges are, and has brought together stakeholders who can help them. 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.

The RHC Committee reviewed the final draft of the RHC Engagement toolkit. The toolkit will be finalized in the next couple of weeks and the committee plans to have a webinar soon to provide an overview of the resource and share a few SORH promising practices regarding RHC Engagement. In December, the Committee will discuss a survey of SORH and their RHC technical assistance needs and experience. Read More


RHIhub Spotlight

rhihubThe RHIhub recently released a new collection of Rural Health Information Technology Workforce Curriculum Resources. From 2013-2016, 15 Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) Rural Health Information Technology Workforce Program grantees developed formal health IT training programs serving rural areas, along with training materials other rural-serving community colleges could build on. This section of the RHIhub website provides a complete inventory of these curriculum resources, including detailed course descriptions and training materials. Read More


HRSA Shortage Designation Project

hrsa_shortage-designationThe Shortage Designation Project is a HRSA initiative for modernizing current shortage designation processes while maintaining transparency, accountability, and parity. Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) are used to identify areas, population groups, and facilities within the United States that are experiencing a shortage of health professionals. HPSA designations are used as eligibility criteria for a multitude of federal programs to help target and distribute limited federal resources to the highest need areas. 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 November Steal Sheet includes:

  1. Funding Opportunity Announcement: Rural Health Network Development Program
  2. Funding Opportunity: RWJF Advancing Systemic Changes to Promote Healthy School Environments
  3. Cardinal Health Foundation: E3 Grant Program
  4. National Rural Health Day “Really Rural” Video Challenge
  5. Save the date: RTT Collaborative Annual Meeting
  6. Registration Now Open for the 2016 NCHN Leadership Summit
  7. Western Region Public Health Training Center Offers Training Opportunities