The Branch
A monthly update for NOSORH members and partners
July 2023
Winning “Picture of Rural” Photo to be Featured in 2023 National Rural Health Day Campaign
NOSORH extends a big thank you to all who took the time to submit photos for the “Picture of Rural” photo campaign. The campaign, held in conjunction with National Rural Health Day, garnered over 300 images! The photos were incredible, which made it difficult to choose a winner. This year’s winning photo (featured to the right) was submitted by Eric Johansen of Utah and depicts a farmer’s field in Ferron, Utah. Keep an eye on the website as more campaign photos will be showcased.

A reminder that the updated NRHD logo is available for download in a variety of formats. Please be sure to use the new logo moving forward. Downloading and using the logo is an easy first step in celebrating the #PowerOfRural.

If you haven’t already, be sure to visit and join the email list to receive the latest NRHD and #PowerOfRural updates. Stay tuned for additional tools and resources to be released. 
You're Invited to Invest in NOSORH's Mission!
As the membership association of the 50 State Offices of Rural Health (SORH), the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) provides vital leadership development, education, advocacy, and connections for SORH and their stakeholders with a shared mission of improving health and wellness in rural America. NOSORH seeks partners to invest in this shared mission and positively impact rural healthcare!

Each partnership level offers unique engagement opportunities, such as special recognition during National Rural Health Day, co-branded webinars, event promotion, and other options for enhanced visibility and recognition. No matter your level, your contributions make a difference in rural health!

Join us at the 2023 NOSORH Annual Meeting
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.

NOSORH is grateful for the meaningful, ongoing relationships built with like-minded rural health collaborators and innovators over the years. Learn more and register to be a partner or exhibitor.
Now Accepting NOSORH Award Nominations
It’s NOSORH Award season! Help us recognize and celebrate those who go above and beyond for rural health!

The online nomination process is simple and only takes about 15 minutes to complete. Award winners will be recognized at the NOSORH Annual Meeting in September.

Submit a nomination by Monday, July 31, 2023!

Award Categories:

SORH Innovation Award
This award honors a State Office of Rural Health that has demonstrated creative and engaging community outreach, programs, and activities to advance rural health. (NOSORH members only)

Collaboration Award
This award is presented to an individual or organization that demonstrates leadership in recognizing and promoting National Rural Health Day and the Power of Rural throughout the year. (NOSORH members and non-members)

NOSORH Advocate Award
This award recognizes a State Office of Rural Health or an individual who has demonstrated exemplary collaboration with stakeholders or partners to raise awareness of State Offices of Rural Health, NOSORH, and/or rural communities. (NOSORH members and non-members)
Rural Health Policy Update
NOSORH Visits Capitol Hill
On June 14, NOSORH CEO Tammy Norville, along with Oregon Office of Rural Health Director Bob Duehmig, were on Capitol Hill visiting with House and Senate offices. The meetings were part of a broader effort to increase support for the Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility (Flex) Program as well as continue to promote the work of State Offices across the country.

On June 20, the House Rural Health Caucus was launched. Reps. Diana Harshbarger (R-TN) and Jill Tokuda (D-HI) will chair the bipartisan caucus, which seeks to provide a forum for House members to host events and advocate for legislation that helps increase access to quality, affordable health care and mental health services for rural Americans. Read More
Rural Healthcare Provider Transition Project Now Accepting Applications
The Rural Healthcare Provider Transition Project (RHPTP), administered by the National Rural Health Resource Center, provides direct support to small rural hospitals and certified rural health clinics annually to help them strengthen their organization's understanding of value-based care and learn strategies they can use to be effective participants in a healthcare system focused on value. The RHPTP is currently accepting applications for the next cohort through August 15. Twenty additional RHPTP-eligible organizations are selected each year to receive support through participation in a virtual Health Equity Learning Collaborative. Make plans to join an RHPTP Informational Webinar scheduled for July 19 at 1:00 ET for anyone interested in learning more.
Mark Your Calendar
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Whether you use 3RNet daily or it's been a while since you've experienced 3RNet, you'll get something out of the new website training. This training is geared toward employers currently using or interested in using 3RNet for their hiring needs! Please feel free to share this with employers in your state.

Participants will learn:
  • How to post jobs on
  • Best practices to leverage your time and use of 3RNET
  • How to use 3RNET Plus Tools to further your recruitment efforts AND effortlessly manage your candidate referrals
The NOSORH Annual Meeting will take place September 19-21, 2023, in Traverse City, Michigan. Registration is now available for those interested in investing partner and exhibitor opportunities!