The Branch
A monthly update for NOSORH members and partners
February 2023
Register Now! 2023 National Rural EMS & Care Virtual Conference
NOSORH, the National Association of State EMS Officials, and the Joint Committee on Rural Emergency Care invite you to join them on April 18-20, 2023, for the 8th annual National Rural EMS & Care Conference! Register today for this one-of-a-kind virtual conference that brings together rural EMS stakeholders from across the country. The registration deadline is April 13, 2023.

EMS Speaker Proposals – Deadline Extended!
You’re invited to submit a proposal(s) to present rural innovations, research findings, model programs, resources, and projects to help EMS stakeholder attendees address the needs of rural communities. Click here to learn more. Proposals are due by Friday, February 3, 2023.

Visit the Conference web page for additional details. If you have questions, please contact Caroline Wroczynski, NOSORH Education Manager, at
Rural Health Grant Writing Institute: Register by 2/17
NOSORH's Grant Writing Institute is now open for enrollment! Don’t miss this opportunity to learn how to write better grant proposals, turn rurality to your advantage, learn to connect with funders, and more. This series is perfect for beginners seeking to gain the skills to research and draft winning program proposals from various funders. The Institute runs from February 27-May 8, 2023, with weekly virtual learning sessions each Monday from 3:00-4:30 pm ET.  
Visit the Institute's web page to learn more and register by February 17! 
Updated Policy Fact Sheets Now Available
NOSORH has updated two fact sheets focused on the 2023 advocacy priorities. State Offices of Rural Health (SORH) are encouraged to add these fact sheets to any state delegation requests during the 2023 NRHA Policy Institute and share them with their constituents that can offer support to the SORH program.

Building on the success of SORH reauthorization, the NOSORH Board voted to request an increased appropriation of $18 million - $3 million more than prior requests.
While Flex was not reauthorized in the last year, there is renewed excitement about the opportunity in the coming year.
Rural Health Policy Update
SORH Reauthorization Bill Signed into law:   
On January 5, 2023, President Joe Biden signed into law the State Offices of Rural Health Reauthorization Act of 2022. With the President’s signature, the bill became Public Law No: 117-356 and is now authorized by Congress through fiscal year 2027. 
NOSORH thanks Senators John Barrasso (R-WY) and Tina Smith (D-MN) for championing the Senate bill and getting it passed in the upper chamber on December 19 by unanimous consent. NOSORH also thanks Rep. Markwayne Mullin (now Senator Mullin) from Oklahoma and Rep. O’Halleran (D-AZ) for leading the effort in the House. The Senate bill advanced through the House just before Christmas on December 22 on the suspension calendar. House passage paved the way for the SORH reauthorization bill to be signed into law a little more than five years after then-President Trump signed the last SORH reauthorization bill into law. Read More
NOSORH Hosts Virtual Town Hall for SORH, FORHP, and HRSA Administrator
On Monday, January 30, 2023, the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health hosted a virtual Town Hall for State Offices of Rural Health (SORH), the leadership of the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, and the HRSA Administrator, Carole Johnson. NOSORH presented the HRSA leadership with an overview of the organization’s priorities in the coming year, and participants heard about the role of the SORH in supporting federal programs from FORHP Associate Administrator Tom Morris. Ms. Johnson provided an overview of the HRSA priorities related to workforce, behavioral health, and maternal health. Much of the discussion was opened to SORH for the opportunity to share about important work going on in their states that aligned with the HRSA priorities. SORH provided insights into how federal programs are being leveraged and innovations occurring at the state and community levels. NOSORH would like to extend our gratitude to Ms. Johnson, her team at HRSA, and FORHP for making the Town Hall possible.
Webinar: Community Catalyst - Turning Ideas Into Action in Rural America
Join NOSORH on Wednesday, February 22, at 4:00 ET for the webinar “Community Catalyst - Turning Ideas into Action in Rural America.” Community catalysts are individuals with lived experience in the community. They work between rural health, rural development, Community Development Finance Institutions, and other community organizations, serving as a catalyst to get things going and pull things together. They also build relationships, identify resources, build aspirations into projects, and turn ideas into action. In this webinar, participants will learn about two models of community catalysts from the USDA and LOR Foundation. Click here to register. 
Fact Sheet Highlights Success and Impact of National Rural Health Day
NOSORH is proud of the reach and impact of National Rural Health Day as it grows each year! The 2022 #PowerofRural campaign successfully put rural health in the spotlight, while raising awareness and building new partnerships along the way.

Mark your calendars for NRHD 2023: November 16, 2023! Stay tuned for more information and ways to get involved.
New Funding Opportunity: Integrated Substance Use Disorder Training Program 
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) released a new Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) to expand the number of nurse practitioners, physician assistants, health service psychologists, counselors, nurses, and/or social workers (including individuals completing clinical training requirements for licensure) trained to provide mental health and substance use disorder services in underserved community-based settings that integrate primary care, mental health, and substance use disorder services, including such settings that serve pediatric populations. Eligible Applicants Include: Teaching health centers; Federally qualified health centers; community mental health centers, rural health clinics, Health centers operated by Indian Health Services, Indian tribes, and tribal organizations; or Urban Indian organizations.

HRSA anticipates awarding approximately $9 million to approximately 17 recipients over five years through this funding opportunity. View the grant opportunity for more information. Applications are accepted until Thursday, March 23. 
Webinar: Community Catalyst - Turning Ideas into Action in Rural America 
2023 National Rural EMS & Care Virtual Conference