NOSORH Annual Meeting Gets High Marks!

1adsc_7374-panoThe NOSORH Annual Meeting was held in historic Boston, Massachusetts, on September 7-8. Attendees enjoyed an incredible agenda of speakers, breakout sessions and time to network with colleagues. As one attendee noted, “I learn a lot from my colleagues and the speakers. I find much of that learning takes place in the hallways, lunch and other breaks as I meet new people with new information that is important to our SORH.” Read More


NOSORH Collaborates with Impact Communications for National Rural Health Day

NRHD Logo_Noember19,2015NOSORH and Impact! Communications, Inc. are working together to build upon the success of National Rural Health Day by improving the “Power of Rural” messaging, engaging new and existing partners, enhancing resources and broadening the reach of the national campaign. Impact! was selected for this work by NOSORH for its experience in health care, organizational culture transformation, communications and community engagement and the stellar team that Impact! founder and CEO, Michelle Rathman, has built. Read More

Coming Soon: 2017 National Rural EMS & Care Conference

savethedate_r3-finalThe 3rd annual National Rural EMS & Care Conference will be held on April 25-26, 2017, in Fargo, North Dakota. The 2017 conference will feature two full days of speakers and sessions. The National Rural EMS and Care Conference Planning Committee has been working hard to put together an agenda filled with topics significant to the world of rural EMS. Sessions include updates from federal agencies, using community health needs assessments to support population health, EMS of the Future, and many more. Read More


NOSORH Has a New Number

phoneNOSORH recently implemented RingCentral, a cloud-based communication and collaboration platform, to enhance communication and meeting capabilities. NOSORH’s new toll-free number is (888) 391-7258.

Please note that committee meeting dial-in information will also change. New conference numbers will be provided when committee meeting notices are distributed. Read More


Two Year Strategy to Serve SORH Adopted by NOSORH Board

strategic-planEach year the NOSORH Board of Directors meets to review the needs of SORH, examine trends in rural health that impact SORH, and assess how to increase the value of NOSORH services with an eye to planning NOSORH activities and initiatives. A two-year strategic plan was drafted for approval by the Board at the beginning of the year and the elements of the plan were reviewed at each of the SORH regional meetings over the summer. Last month, the Board adopted 7 key strategies to build the capacity of NOSORH and SORH. Read More


Policy Update

policyThe following update was provided by Hall Render, NOSORH Legislative Liaison:

Senate Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Increase SORH Budget
On September 28, Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS) and Al Franken (D-MN) introduced a comprehensive rural health bill (S. 3435) that would raise the annual budget for State Offices of Rural Health (SORH) to a minimum of $150,000.  The bill would also reauthorize the SORH Grant Program (Sect. 338J of the Public Health Service Act) for the first time since its creation in 1992. With Congress leaving town ahead of the November elections, the Rural Hospital and Provider Equity Act of 2016 (R-HoPE) will not pass the Senate this Congress, but for the first time, Senate legislation has been introduced to raise the annual federal grant amount for SORH from $50,000 to $150,000.  Read More


Promising Practice: Pennsylvania SORH Coordinates Unique Agricultural Worker Safety Program

ppFor the last 12 years, Jim Harvey has been “poking along the back roads” of Pennsylvania, visiting agricultural producers across the state. The visits are both friendly and educational. Harvey, the state’s Rural Health Farm Worker Protection Safety Specialist, is there to teach farmers about the safe storage and use of agricultural pesticides, and to help them comply with the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Worker Protection Standard (WPS), which aims to reduce the risk of pesticide poisoning and injury. The Pennsylvania Rural Health Farm Worker Protection Safety Program is the only state WPS program that is coordinated through a State Office of Rural Health. Read More


Region C SORH Meeting Held in Madison

region-c-aug-2016-bThe Region C SORH partnership meeting was held August 23-24 in Madison, Wisconsin. The meeting, was attended by 31 participants, representing every state in the region. The Region C Planning Committee put together a phenomenal agenda with speakers from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis, Maine Rural Health Research Center, and regional representation on data usage. Read More


Record Number Graduate from NOSORH Grant Writing Institute

gwi-certificate-jpegCongratulations to the graduates of the 2016 NOSORH Grant Writing Institute (GWI)! Forty-eight rural health leaders from 21 states successfully completed the course. Participants represent SORHs, hospitals, health departments, and universities. The 9-part course covers topics such as finding funding opportunities, developing evaluations and connecting with community partners. NOSORH has been offering Grant Writing Institutes for the past 5 years and continues to see maximum enrollment for the course. To see a list of 2016 graduates in your state, click here. The next Grant Writing Institute will be offered in the Spring 2017.


NOSORH Committee Spotlight: Meeting Planning Committees

NOSORH committee-spotlighthas a long tradition of high levels of SORH volunteers on the many meeting planning committees. This year, through five regional meetings and the Annual Meeting, 33 states were represented on those committees, making it a 66% participation rate for the SORHs (see map). What makes these committees special is the fact that they are literally setting the agenda. Participating makes sure you have a voice at the table when it comes to how the meeting will go, what topics will be covered and even how long the breaks will be! Evaluations show time and again how the regional meetings and the Annual Meeting are the most beneficial meetings that SORH attend each year. 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.

Board– Last month the NOSORH Board of Directors approved the NOSORH strategic plan for 2016-18 and the accompanying annual budget, including revisions to the Cooperative Agreement budget. They also took action to revise the procedure for the evaluation of the Executive Director. More details are provided in the strategic plan article. Read More


RHIhub Spotlight

rhihubThe RHIhub recently published a Rural Monitor article entitled EMS Leaders Speak. With the recent changes in healthcare delivery, many rural clinics and hospitals are concerned about the future of their communities’ healthcare, especially their emergency medical services. Will EMS in rural areas survive these changes and is there an opportunity to thrive in a volume-to-value system? Five rural EMS leaders were asked to explore the possible challenges and opportunities in the transformation of rural healthcare delivery. Read More


2016 NOSORH Awards Announced

group-award-pic-2016Congratulations to this year’s NOSORH Award recipients! Thank you to all who took the time to nominate a colleague for an award. Click here for a list of award winners.


October Steal Sheet 2016

NOSORH offers Steal Sheet articles for SORHs to distribute in emails, in your (or your partners’) newsletter, on websites, Facebook pages, etc. The October Steal Sheet includes:

  1. Funding Opportunity Announcement: Rural Health Network Development Program
  2. NACRHHS Releases Policy Briefs on Emergency Care Models and Rural Opioid Misuse Implications
  3. Rural Hospital Toolkit for Transitioning to Value-based Systems
  4. Request for Proposals: Improving the Treatment of Opioid Use Disorders
  5. Rural Health Research Gateway Webinar: “Ups and Downs: Trends in Rural Children’s Access to Care”
  6. 2017 Summit on State GME Initiatives: “Educate, Embrace, Energize”