The Branch
A monthly update for NOSORH members and partners
July 2021
2021 Community Star Nominations Now Open!
Do you know an individual, consortium, or organization whose contributions are making a big difference in the health of rural communities? Nominate them for inclusion in the 2021 Community Stars book that will be published on National Rural Health Day (November 18)! We need your help to reach our goal of featuring a Star from all 50 states! Nominations close on Monday, August 2, 2021.
You’re Invited to Partner with NOSORH
When you partner with NOSORH, you’re joining a #PowerofRural movement that is helping to support and honor those working to address the unique health challenges facing rural America. We hope you will join us and realize the many benefits a NOSORH partnership has to offer! As you take a look at this year’s NOSORH Partnership Invitation, you’ll discover various levels of partnerships and many opportunities for engagement throughout the next year.
NOSORH Accepting Annual Meeting Speaker Proposals until July 9
You’re invited to speak and present your work, research findings, projects and other topics to all 50 State Offices of Rural Health at the 2021 NOSORH Annual Meeting! The meeting will take place on October 12-14. To learn more and submit a proposal, please visit the web page at Proposals are due by Friday, July 9, 2021.
Make Plans to Attend the NARHC 2021 Fall Institute!
Registration is now open for the National Association of Rural Health Clinic’s 2021 Fall Institute on October 18-20 in Covington, Kentucky! NARHC is the only association in the country focused entirely on Rural Health Clinics. The two-and-a-half-day conference typically sees over 300 rural health professionals in attendance, including hospital CEOs, physicians, clinic managers, and coders. Click here for more information or to register.
HHS Rural Week of Action Encourages Enrollment in Marketplace Health Insurance Coverage
As part of the Rural Week of Action, the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) encourages qualified individuals and families to enroll in or change Health Insurance Marketplace plans through August 15, 2021, with the 2021 Special Enrollment Period for COVID-19 Public Health Emergency. More people may qualify for Marketplace savings that will lower the cost of premiums. It is estimated that 65 percent of uninsured rural adults could have access to a health plan with $0 premium on Enter your zip code to find local help or call the Marketplace Call Center.
Rural Health Policy Update
House Releases FY 22 Appropriations Schedule
When Congress returns from the Fourth of July Holiday, the House Appropriations Committee will vote on their fiscal year (FY) 2022 spending bill. The Labor-HHS Subcommittee is scheduled to meet on July 12, where the bill will most likely advance to a full committee vote on July 15. The bill language is traditionally made public by the committee on the day of the vote. The timing on the Senate markup of the Labor-HHS spending bill is much further behind schedule. On May 28, the White House released the fiscal year (FY) 2022 budget proposal to Congress. In particular, the State Offices of Rural Health grant program was requested at the Read More
Apply by July 30 for the Vulnerable Rural Hospital Assistance Program
Applications are open for the free Vulnerable Rural Hospital Assistance Program (VRHAP)—an effort designed to help rural hospitals tackle their most pressing challenges. The VRHAP leverages decades of rural health care delivery experience to connect hospitals with the expertise, resources and tools they need. Hospitals selected for the year-long VRHAP also have access to interactive sessions with peer hospitals and tailored learning opportunities. There is no cost associated with the application or services the Center for Optimizing Rural Health provides. The application window is open until July 30. Click here to learn more about the application process and other program features. If you have questions, call CORH at 855-234-0712 or email Bree Watzak, Director of Technical Assistance, at
New Payment Opportunity for RHCs and FQHCs under the DATA 2000 Waiver Training Payment Program
HRSA is accepting applications for payment from RHCs and FQHCs employing buprenorphine waivered providers under a new program, the DATA 2000 Waiver Training Payment Program. RHCs and FQHCs may apply for a $3,000 payment for each eligible employed provider who attained a Drug Addiction Treatment Act of 2000 (DATA 2000) waiver on or after January 1, 2019. The program is conducted in collaboration with SAMHSA. Waivers are issued by SAMHSA’s Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT), and its Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality (CBHSQ) maintains the verified waivered practitioner database. There is no deadline to apply, but available funds are limited and will be paid on a first-come, first-served basis. The Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment (SUPPORT) for Patients and Communities Act, Section 6083, made $6 million available to FQHCs and $2 million available to RHCs. HRSA will accept applications for payment and process payments until all available funds are exhausted.
Featured Community Star
Each month, NOSORH features the work of an innovative SORH or community leader who inspires collaboration, communication, education and/or innovation. The model efforts provided in these stories may be helpful to your rural community.
Migrant Worker Outreach
Medford, New Jersey

During the summer months, 6,000 migrant workers arrive in South Jersey to work the blueberry harvest. Most workers make their temporary homes in migrant camps scattered along rural roads near the fields where they work. The isolation created by language barriers and a lack of transportation contributes to this population’s vulnerability.

Migrant Worker Outreach was founded in 2010 to welcome migrant workers and their families. Volunteers visit 25 camps, organizing a range of activities and programs. Thanks to Migrant Worker Outreach, those working to bring food to America’s families are not alone.

Webinar- State of the Healthcare Industry: Market Updates for Rural
1:00 ET
Region C - SORH Regional Partnership Meeting
TruServe Monthly Training
1:00 ET
NOSORH Annual Meeting
Save the date for this year's membership meeting. More details coming soon!

NOSORH is now on Instagram!