The Branch
A monthly update for NOSORH members and partners
August 2023
New National Rural Health Day Promotional Tools Available
On November 16th, join NOSORH, the 50 State Offices of Rural Health (SORH), and rural health stakeholders from across the country in celebration of National Rural Health Day! Visit for everything you need to kickstart your planning:

  • The Promotional Toolkit features free downloadable tools, such as logos, social media graphics/cover images, templates, and activity sheets for kids! These tools can help enhance your community outreach efforts to schools, media, businesses, etc. New items will continue to be added, so check it out for new releases.
  • Snag some deals on discounted “vintage” NRHD swag in the NRHD Shop! Once they’re gone, they’re gone!
  • Feeling stuck on what to do? Check out the Ways to Celebrate page for some ideas to get you started.
  • Follow @NOSORH on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn for NRHD news to share. Use #PowerofRural or #NationalRuralHealthDay (and tag @NOSORH) in your social posts!
For more information, please contact [email protected].
You're Invited to Invest in NOSORH's Mission!
You’re invited to explore the many partner opportunities NOSORH has to offer in the next year. Each partnership level provides unique engagement opportunities, such as special recognition during National Rural Health Day, co-branded webinars, event promotion, and other enhanced visibility and recognition options. No matter your level, your contributions make a difference in rural health!
All investing partners and exhibitors are invited to attend NOSORH’s Annual Meeting in Traverse City, MI, on September 19-21, 2023. This meeting brings together all 50 SORH, federal partners, and rural stakeholders, providing ample networking time for attendees.
Learn more and register to be a partner or exhibitor. The registration deadline is August 24, 2023. For questions, please contact Ashley Muninger, Communications Director, at [email protected].
Exhibit at the NOSORH Annual Meeting
The NOSORH Annual Meeting will take place next month in Traverse City and exhibition space is still available! Exhibiting partners receive a table, meeting registration for one attendee, and full access to meeting sessions. If interested in attending the meeting as an exhibitor, please register by August 24th to reserve your space! More information can be found at
Rural Health Clinical Congress - Free Virtual CME/CE Event for Clinicians in Your State
NOSORH is partnering again with RME Collaborative for Rural Health Clinical Congress, a FREE virtual CME/CE conference held in conjunction with National Rural Health Day! This multi-topic event will be broadcast live on Saturday, November 18, 2023, starting at 8:00 am CT. Learn more about this unique continuing education event, and help us spread the word by inviting clinicians in your area to participate. Questions? Contact RME Collaborative at [email protected]
Rural Health Policy Update
Update provided by Andrew Coats, NOSORH Legislative Liaison

Appropriations: July saw both the House and Senate Labor-HHS appropriations bills for Fiscal Year 2024 (FY 24) advance through committee. The next stop for each will be passage before the full House and Senate. Here is a listing of the funding levels for the rural health programs from each chamber. Read More
Rural Telementoring UnConference Returns in October
The Rural Telementoring Training Center (RTTC) invites you to their 2nd Rural Telementoring UnConference on October 18th, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm CT. An UnConference is a participant-driven event that nurtures collaboration, participant interactivity, and idea incubation. You drive the agenda. You shape the conversation. This free virtual event will feature an array of brief presentations on topics relevant to technology as a driving force for innovation in rural health care and practice. Learn more and register here.
Health Equity Narrative Infrastructure Project: Train-the-Facilitator Sessions Open for Registration
On October 31 through November 2, you can virtually participate in the Health Equity Narrative Infrastructure Project’s (HENIP) fourth Train-the-Facilitator to build narrative skills and utilize a national transformative narrative for health equity to inform your work. As the last three years have shown, the time is now to advocate and organize for an equitable future.

HENIP is a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-funded collaboration between County Health Rankings and Roadmaps and Human Impact Partners with support from several other organizations, including NOSORH. The project comprises an adaptive and technical process that gears organizations and people to understand narrative and how narrative works as a form of power, develop transformative narratives and inform a drafted national transformative narrative, and identify ways to apply narrative to your work.

When: October 31-November 2, 2023, at 12:00 PM CT each day (no more than 3 hours each day with a maximum of 9 hours across the three days).
Register here. Spots are limited. Please contact Angela Acker at [email protected] if you have questions about this training.
Hawaii SORH Leader Presented with 2023 Calico Leadership Award
Scott Daniels, the longtime Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility (Flex) Program coordinator at the Hawaii Department of Health, Office of Primary Care and Rural Health, was awarded the 2023 Calico Quality Leadership Award at the annual Flex Program Reverse Site Visit held in Washington, D.C. on July 19-20. Daniels, who has worked in the Office of Primary Care and Rural Health since 2005, was recognized for his deep commitment to improving the health and well-being of Hawaii’s rural and underserved communities. The award is presented annually to an outstanding rural health leader by the Technical Assistance & Services Center (TASC), a program of the National Rural Health Resource Center (The Center). 
“For nearly two decades, Scott has dedicated his public health career to supporting Hawaii’s rural communities to expand access to timely and culturally appropriate health care,” said Gregg Kishaba, the rural health coordinator at the Office of Primary Care and Rural Health. “His diligent focus on quality improvement/assurance, leadership development and health equity has uplifted those working in Hawaii’s rural health facilities, agencies and organizations.” Read full article here.