The Branch
A monthly update for NOSORH members and partners
August 2019
NOSORH Awards- Call for Nominations
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2019 NOSORH Awards! These awards are a special way to recognize and celebrate the hard work and leadership of individuals and organizations dedicated to rural health. The online nomination process is simple and only takes about 15 minutes to do! There are no limits to the number of nominations submitted.
Shine a Light on a Community Star by August 9!
Only a few days left to help shine a light on the outstanding work of those committed to making a positive difference in their rural communities! Nominate an individual or organization deserving of recognition as a 2019 Community Star at Each Star's story will be featured in the Community Stars eBook that is published annually on National Rural Health Day! Nominations close Friday, August 9.
Make Plans to Attend NOSORH Annual Meeting
The 2019 NOSORH Annual Meeting is just around the corner. Don’t forget to register for the meeting and get your hotel room secured! Click here for more information, including a draft agenda and travel details.

Interested in partnering/exhibiting with NOSORH? The 2019 NOSORH Partnership Invitation outlines various levels of support and many opportunities to plug in to the Power of Rural and NOSORH's mission!
SORH Regional Meetings Wrapping Up
Three SORH Partnership regional meetings are now in the books with just B & E remaining! Click here t o view the resources from Regions A, D, and C.

Region E registration deadline: August 13
Click here for more info and to register for these meetings .
National Rural Health Day is Nov 21 - Join the Celebration!
NOSORH, all 50 State Offices of Rural Health, their partners, and community stakeholders set aside the third Thursday of November to celebrate National Rural Health Day (NRHD). Whether you’ve already made plans or are just starting to think about it, there are plenty of ways to get involved with the #PowerofRural movement:
  • Visit for all the latest NRHD news and resources, including the 2019 logos and a Walk with a Doc toolkit! Additional toolkits are in development and will be available in the coming weeks.
  • Invite rural hospitals, health clinics, etc. in your state to host a free Walk with a Doc community walk on NRHD. Walk with a Doc is a fun and easy way to engage communities in better health and celebrate the Power of Rural. 
  • Follow NOSORH on Facebook/Twitter and use the #PowerofRural in every post! Downloadable social media graphics will be available soon.
Contact Ashley Muninger at for questions or more info!
Rural Policy Update
Appropriations Update: On July 25, the House of Representatives passed a two-year budget agreement ( H.R. 3877 ) that establishes the framework for Congressional spending over the next two fiscal years and suspends the debt limit through July 31, 2021. The Senate is set to pass the House agreement this week and will be signed into law. With the budget in place, Congress will begin work on passing fiscal 2020 spending bills. 
New Version of TruServe Coming Soon!
A new version of TruServe will soon be available to simplify data entry and give you more options for tracking! Stay tuned for more information, and be sure to join the next TruServe Training on August 21 at 2:00pm ET.
NOSORH Promising Practice
Educational Partnership Reaches Rural California Communities
by Beth Blevins

Rural migrants and other immigrant Latinos in California are becoming better informed on issues that affect their health thanks to a partnership between the California State Office of Rural Health and the California Department of Public Health’s Office of Binational Border Health. Since the partnership offered its first workshop in March 2015, community health workers, also known as promotores, have been trained on emerging health issues that impact migrant, seasonal, and agricultural workers. 
Past Promising Practice articles can be found here on the NOSORH website

Featured Resources
New NOSORH Primary Care Resources
The Resources Roundup webinar provided an overview of new and refreshed resources from both the technical assistance as well as the education perspectives.

Refreshed Technical Assistance RHC Education Modules
The RHC Committee updated the content and design of the following two modules:

Modules #1 and #2 of the new technical assistance Back to Basics Series
This growing library of micro-education sessions are designed to be on-demand, small-bite topics that answer an immediate need or question. The first two modules are the Overview of Primary Care and the Revenue Cycle Overview . They set the stage for future library editions, including the upcoming module Volume – It’s a Numbers Game . These sessions can be accessed by registering here ($25 for each module).

This resource is designed to be at your fingertips and very user friendly. Broken into three sections, the factsheet provides live resource links rural service providers may find useful during patient visits should an opioid or other substance use disorder need arise. The provider might keep the resource on the home screen of their laptop or tablet for easy access.

Other education resources mentioned included:

Did you miss the webinar? Click here to access the webinar recording and here for the presentation slides.
New Guide: Engagement with SORH and CDC-funded State Programs
A common thread across NOSORH meetings is often questions regarding the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) resources that are available for rural communities. Over the past year, NOSORH has worked collaboratively with partners from FORHP, CDC, and SORH to develop the Best Practice Guide for Engagement with SORH and CDC-funded State Programs . This practical guide is intended for SORH and CDC-funded program staff, identifying opportunities for collaboration across programs at the state level.

Not every approach will work in every state, and NOSORH fully recognizes the differences in capacity and opportunity. Each of the state models that are highlighted take a different approach, ranging from resource linkages to office mergers. All SORH are encouraged to not only read this, but to share it with your state CDC partners and engage in a discussion on how you can work more collaboratively moving forward.

Have other really good models of engagement with your CDC-funded state programs? We’d love to hear about it! Please contact Chris Salyers at or (734) 881-9551.
RHIhub Updated Resources
The RHIhub recently published two new videos about philanthropies supporting rural health:

Region B Pre- Meeting
SORH Work on Building Connections on the Federal, State & Local Level with Public Health
9:30 – 11:30 am (ET)
Region B Meeting
Augusta, GA

NOSORH Awards Nomination Deadline

Region E Meeting
Portland, OR

Region E Post-Meeting
SORH Work with Workforce
8:00 am - 12:00 pm (PT)