Grant Writing Institute Registration Ends September 25th! Sign Up Today!

Grant Writing Institute 2014-15 - pg 1The NOSORH Grant Writing Institute was developed to meet the unique needs of rural grant writers – like you! Don’t miss this opportunity to learn how to write better grant proposals, turn rurality to your advantage, acquire additional writing experience, and more. Participants will benefit from learning a range of approaches to grant writing from an array of rural health partners. This series is perfect for beginners seeking to gain the skills to research and draft winning proposals from various agencies. Previous participants of the Grant Writing Institute have said, “This course was much better than one I took when I first started my grant writing career.” Also, “The instructor did a great job…she is obviously very dedicated and sincere in wanting to make it a webinar series of high value.” Read more.


Register Now for Annual Meeting in Omaha

Registrations are now being accepted onlSponsor Save the Date Graphic_Page_1ine for the NOSORH Annual Meeting in Omaha, Nebraska.  NOSORH invites State Offices of Rural Health, HIT/Workforce Grantees, Network Development Grantees, Delta Program Grantees, Sponsors and Exhibitors to join us in Omaha, Nebraska on October 28-29, 2014.  We’re pleased to announce Dr. Judith Monroe from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) will deliver our keynote address. Visit the NOSORH website for all meeting details.  We hope to see you there! Read more. 


News From SORH Regional Meetings

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Thanks to Gloria Vermie and the staff from the Iowa Office of Rural Health for hosting the Region C Meeting in Des Moines. Thanks to Graham Adams and his staff from the South Carolina Office of Rural Health for hosting Region B in Greenville.  The hospitality was excellent! Go to our Facebook page to see and share photos from all the regional meetings. Read more.


NOSORH Member Sits on The National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services (NACRHHS)NACRHHS pic

The National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services (NACRHHS) is comprised of nationally recognized rural health experts who advise the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services on ways to address health care issues across rural America. Committee members offer first-hand experience dealing with rural issues in fields ranging from medicine, nursing and public health, to law, finance and research. As the only NOSORH member on the committee, it’s New York SORH Director Karen Madden’s job to provide the state office’s unique perspective on rural health care. “My role on the committee is to represent NOSORH and the state offices,” Madden said. Read more.


Financial Distress of Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) Focus of Free Webinar

NHRC picThe Rural Health Research & Policy Centers (RHRC) is hosting a free webinar: Change in Profitability and Financial Distress of Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) from Loss of Cost-Based Reimbursement. Read more.


Success Stories from the AHRQ Medical Office Survey

AHRQ picThis free Webinar from the AHRQ will highlight results from the newly released 2014 Medical Office User Comparative Database Report. Users will share how their organizations have successfully used the AHRQ Medical Office Survey on Patient Safety Culture and improved their patient safety culture over time. Read more.



Corps Community Day Set for October 9, 2014

Corps Community Day logoThe National Health Service Corps (NHSC) will celebrate its fourth annual Corps Community Day  on Thursday, October 9, 2014. This year’s Corps Community Day theme is Partnering to Make Primary Care Career Choices Possible. NHSC sites, clinicians, Ambassadors, alumni, and partners (including many health professions schools) across the nation will host activities and events to raise awareness about the vital role of the primary care workforce and highlight the impact the Corps has in increasing access to primary care in rural and underserved communities. Corps Community Day events will be held during National Primary Care Week, October 6-10, and throughout the month of October. Read more.


The RTT Collaborative Annual Meeting May 27-29, 2015

RTT picThe RTT Collaborative Annual Meeting, Moving Forward in the Face of Chaos, will be held May 27-29, 2015 in Madison and
Baraboo, Wisconsin.

With all the uncertainty around payment reform, workforce needs, medical education finance and governance, it’s sometimes difficult to know how to move forward, or even take the first step. There are lessons to be learned from each other from the past as well as the present. Take advantage of this opportunity to both learn and teach by attending the RTT Collaborative Annual Meeting. Read more.


TruServe Update

TruServeTruServe is looking for your feedback! Please take the time to complete the TruServe User Survey and let us know what’s working well with TruServe and how TruServe can better meet your needs. The survey takes approximately 10  minutes to complete at User Survey. Thanks for your input!

Upcoming TruServe new user training sessionwill provide general information for new users and an opportunity for existing users to ask questions. Read more.


The NOSORH Communications Committee

karen Madden This OneIt has been said that “communication is key”, and no one knows that better than the members of the NOSORH Communications Committee.  Co-chaired by Karen Madden, New York SORH Director, and Kylie Nissen, Senior Project Coordinator with the North Dakota state office, the committee is responsible for getting the word out on what’s happening in rural health care.

“Our main focus is external communications for NOSORH and working to send a consistent message out to the world,” Madden said. The committee also communicates with state offices to “ensure they are hearing Kyliewhat they need to hear in order to do their jobs better.”

The committee primarily uses email, the NOSORH website, Twitter and Facebook pages to get the message out. “NOSORH is working to develop our blog page and create a more visible presence on social media,” NOSORH Special Projects Coordinator Matt Strycker said.  “We also developed webinars in the last few years that are very popular,” added Madden. Read more.


Promising Practices: Minnesota Awarded State Innovation Model (SIM) Grant

PP-HandThe future just got healthier for millions of Minnesotans, thanks to being one of seven states to receive a $45 million State Innovation Model (SIM) testing grant through the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI). “We are very excited to receive this grant,” said Mark Schoenbaum, Director of the Minnesota Office of Rural Health and Primary Care. “It’s a great opportunity for rural communities to get new support and build on the kinds of innovations that already take place in rural areas.” Read more.