The Branch
A monthly update for NOSORH members and partners
July 2020
Enroll Now in the 2020 NOSORH Grant Writing Institute
The 2020 NOSORH Grant Writing Institute (GWI) kicks off July 27 with a series of nine online learning sessions with a unique rural health focus. The GWI is intended for novice grant writers pursuing skills to research and draft winning proposals from a variety of agencies. Click here for more information and to register! Class size is limited to the first 50 participants, so register today to reserve your spot (Deadline:July 19). A group discount is available.
Registration Open for the NOSORH Virtual Annual Meeting!
Registration is now open for the NOSORH Annual Meeting being held September 29-October 1. Due to the new virtual meeting format you can now register as a whole office, so encourage your entire SORH team to participate! NOSORH is working with a professional production team to deliver an excellent virtual experience. We invite you to attend the reception and check out the virtual “hallways” to meet up with colleagues for a quick side chat. Stay tuned for more details leading up to the meeting.
Call for Nominations: NOSORH Awards
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2020 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 award categories dedicated to NOSORH members and non-members - with no limits to the number of nominations submitted. Click here to nominate by Friday, August 7!
2020 Community Star Nominations Now Open!
Do you know an individual, group, or organization making a big difference in rural health? Nominate them for consideration to be included in the 2020 Community Stars book! This annual publication will be released on National Rural Health Day - November 19. We need your help to reach our goal of featuring a Star from each of the 50 states, so click here to learn more and nominate . Nominations close August 7.
Support NOSORH and Help Put Rural Health in Focus
NOSORH invites you to join our “2020 Focus” by collaborating with us and investing in NOSORH’s mission and our National Rural Health Day efforts.  As you take a look at this year’s  Partnership Invitation , please note there are various levels of partnerships and many opportunities for engagement. We've never been about partnering to give you a table at a conference - and this year is no different! We hope to see you virtually and to set you up with some unique e-networking activities at our Annual Meeting in September.
Rural Health Policy Update
The House is back in session for the final week of June and is expected to meet throughout July. During the week of June 29, the House will vote on  H.R. 1425, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Enhancement Act. The bill will most likely pass on party lines and is not going to be taken up by the Senate. The legislation would expand the ACA’s tax credits, pressure states to expand Medicaid programs with the promise of more federal funding, and cap individual premiums at 8.5% of their income. The bill also allows immigrants living in the US under DACA to get access to subsidized Read More
Certified Rural Health Clinic Professional Training
Is your SORH looking for ways to help educate Rural Health Clinics about the RHC Program (including Covid-19 changes)? Several State Offices have created scholarships for RHC personnel in their state to attend the National Association of Rural Health Clinics’ Certified Rural Health Clinic Professional (CRHCP) Training. The course educates RHC Clinic Managers, Directors, and other staff on the best practices for operating a successful RHC. Due to Covid-19, the entire program and the final exam are offered online for the August 1 session. The SORH Scholarship price is $500 per person ($100 off the non-member rate). To discuss the scholarship opportunity in further detail, please contact Cate Visser at or 866-306-1961 x2.
NOSORH Promising Practice
Advocacy in New Hampshire Procures More Funding for Provider Recruitment
by Beth Blevins

Loan repayment is a tool to recruit providers to shortage areas. In New Hampshire, recent legislation has boosted its State Loan Repayment Program so that it can be used more broadly and for a wider range of providers. The legislation arose from the efforts of the New Hampshire Health Care Workforce Coalition, said Alisa Druzba, Director of the New Hampshire State Office of Rural Health.

“About five years ago I asked my peers how they got more workforce funding in their states, and every one of them told me it was the function of partners coming together and picking one to five legislative priorities,” Druzba said. “That’s how they got money and how they started to gain momentum. That’s what we did in New Hampshire.” Read More
Past Promising Practice articles can be found here on the NOSORH website

2 & 9
3-part Webinar Series: Improving Mental Health Service Access for Farming and Rural Communities
This series (June 25, July 2 & July 9) is a partnership between the American Psychological Association, the Great Lakes Mental Health Technology Transfer Center and the Mountain Plains Mental Health Technology Transfer Center. The purpose is to collaborate and disseminate information to better address the mental health needs surrounding the farming and American frontier communities, through psychological science and research. Click here to learn more and register.
(2:00 ET)
TruServe Monthly Training

(3:00 ET)
Webinar - Connect Americans Now: Bridging the Digital Divide for Rural & Underserved Communities 
Connect Americans Now is a coalition of more than 270 organizations and companies representing voices for agriculture, health care, education, small business, technology, veterans, rural advocacy and more — committed to completely eliminating the digital divide by supporting a mixed-technology approach that leverages the full potential of every tool in the nation’s toolkit. Click here to register

Sept 29-Oct 1
Virtual NOSORH Annual Meeting

National Rural Health Day

F eatured Resources
Issue Brief – Identifying Vulnerable Rural Populations During COVID-19: The CDC’s Social Vulnerability Index
This issue brief  was developed as a means of using existing data to target resources where they are needed most during COVID-19. The Social Vulnerability Index (SVI) offers an opportunity to quickly identify populations of rural residents that could most benefit from currently available resources – allowing you to address current needs while also focusing on prevention. The issue brief offers an overview of the SVI and how it’s calculated, identifies indicators that highlight populations at high risk for spread of COVID-19 and indicators of those at high risk of infection.
The Program Analysis and Response Committee (PARC) has created an interactive map for SORH and other rural health stakeholders to monitor real-time COVID-19 data. The NOSORH COVID-19 Data Tool is a multi-layered map that allows rural communities to examine their current outbreak totals, identify trends in rural communities and proactively address gaps that become evident in your state. For more information, check out the NOSORH Listening Session: Data Resources for Responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic in Rural Communities .