The Branch
A monthly update for NOSORH members and partners
June 2022
Tammy Norville Appointed New CEO of NOSORH
NOSORH is proud to announce the appointment of Tammy Norville as the new NOSORH CEO, effective June 1st. Ms. Norville has nearly twenty years of experience working with and for the State Offices of Rural Health (SORH). Her background includes working in the North Carolina Office of Rural Health, serving on the NOSORH Board of Directors, and working to grow the capacity of SORH as the Technical Assistance Director. She will replace Teryl Eisinger, who will serve as an Advisor to NOSORH until her retirement on July 15th.

“I’m so honored to take on this position, build on our successful past and grow the reach and impact of the work of State Offices and NOSORH," stated Norville. "Together with our partners and stakeholders, we can move the Power of Rural forward to help our rural neighbors become and remain more well."
Special thanks are due to the members of the Search Committee, led by NOSORH President Natalie Claiborne (Montana Office of Rural Health). Claiborne shares that “Tammy has a unique mix of knowledge and skills to position NOSORH for the future. Her deep commitment to NOSORH and the SORH is evident to all. Her vision for partnerships and the entrepreneurial growth of the organization will be a great asset to NOSORH as we continue to work to improve the health of rural America.” Congratulations to Tammy, Teryl, and the NOSORH Search Committee on this milestone achievement!
Save the Date - National Rural Health Day 2022 
Join NOSORH in celebrating the 12th annual National Rural Health Day on November 17th, 2022! This year’s theme is Driving Change: Going the Extra Mile. It’s time to start thinking of the individuals and organizations in your state who are going the extra mile for rural health and nominate them for the 2022 book of Community Stars. Community Star nominations will open in June and close on August 1st. Please help us find a shining star in each of the 50 states!

For more information, visit the National Rural Health Day headquarters,! More resources will be added as they become available.  
2022 NOSORH Annual Meeting – It's Not Too Late to Submit a Speaker Proposal
Planning for the 2022 NOSORH Annual Meeting has begun! This year’s Annual Meeting theme ties into the National Rural Health Day theme of Driving Change: Going the Extra Mile. With that theme in mind, NOSORH invites stakeholder groups, partners, State Offices of Rural Health, and investing partners to submit speaker proposals highlighting innovative projects, challenges, or successes of your SORH. The planning committee is also interested in proposals highlighting the potential for collaboration with key stakeholders, such as rural philanthropic organizations, the USDA, broadband agencies, primary care providers, and local public health departments. There is a list of additional topics that the Committee is interested in, but submissions are not limited to them. To learn more about the topics and submit your proposal, please visit the NOSORH website. Speaker proposals are due by Monday, June 6th, 2022.
You're Invited to Partner with NOSORH! Register by Aug 26
You’re invited to collaborate with NOSORH and invest in our mission! As the membership association of the 50 State Offices of Rural Health (SORH), NOSORH supports the work of the SORH and their stakeholders with a shared mission of improving health in rural America through advocacy, leadership development, education, and vital partnerships. When you partner with NOSORH, you join a “Power of Rural” movement that rallies around those in rural health and celebrates all who go the extra mile to address rural America’s unique health challenges. All investing partners are invited to attend NOSORH’s Annual Meeting on October 5-6 in Harrisonburg, Virginia. To learn more about the different partnership opportunities, visit
Rural Health Policy Update
NOSORH Sends Letter to Senate Appropriations Committee: On May 17, NOSORH, along with the National Rural Health Association and the National Association of Rural Health Clinics, wrote to Senate Appropriations Subcommittee Chairwoman Patty Murray (D-WA) and Ranking Member Roy Blunt (R-MZ) regarding funding for Rural Health Clinics. NOSORH asked the committee to fund the Rural Health Clinic Behavioral Health Initiative at $10 million for Fiscal Year (FY) 2023. Fully funding the RHC Behavioral Health Initiatives will help bring behavioral health professionals to more rural areas and address persistent behavioral health concerns throughout the U.S. Read More
Vulnerable Rural Hospital Assistance Program Now Open for Applicants
The Center for Optimizing Rural Health (CORH) works with up to 30 hospitals per year through the year-long Vulnerable Rural Hospital Assistance Program (VRHAP). The Year 5 application for the new cohort will be open from June 1 to July 31, 2022. Selected hospitals receive free technical assistance – guidance, resources, and recommendations – from a team of rural hospital experts, interactive sessions with peer hospitals, and learning opportunities tailored to topics that can benefit your hospital. Each VRHAP hospital is assigned a CORH manager who becomes familiar with its unique situation. This manager taps into the full expertise of their CORH colleagues and acts as a sounding board for hospital leadership. VRHAP hospitals also have exclusive access to a suite of educational and capacity-building resources. Click here to learn more about the VRHAP program.
Free Virtual Performance Improvement Summit for RHCs - June 21-22!
You're invited to join Lilypad and The Compliance Team for the 2022 Rural Health Clinic Virtual Summit, June 21-22. From 12:00-2:00 pm ET each day, notable rural health experts will share their creativity, ingenuity, and experience, including specific RHC case studies, to support performance improvement. Learn from national experts and RHC practice managers and gain actionable strategies for success under new Value-Based Purchasing models; Gain updates on policy/regulatory issues; See examples of RHC-specific PDSA improvement initiatives; Discover how to leverage PCMH accreditation for alternative payment models, and; Review checklists of the most important priorities for all RHCs. There is no charge to attend the Summit. Review the speakers and agenda and register today! 
NHSC New Site Application: Deadline Extended to June 7
The deadline for the new site application for the Health Resources and Services Administration’s National Health Service Corps (NHSC) has been extended to June 7, 2022. It is free to become approved, and there are many benefits to becoming an NHSC-approved site, such as:
  • Recruit and retain qualified providers using NHSC loan repayment programs and attract NHSC scholars ready to fulfill their service obligations at sites like yours.
  • Post vacancies to the Health Workforce Connector.
  • Participate in HRSA Virtual Job Fairs to connect with job-seeking primary care trainees and practicing clinicians
Previous Q&A recordings hosted by FORHP/ RHIhub can be found here.
Featured Community Star
Robert Palazzo
Lansford, Pennsylvania
For Robert Palazzo, principal at Panther Valley Elementary School (PVES) in Lansford, Pennsylvania (a borough with an estimated 24% poverty rate), his resolve remains steadfast: “To ensure that our school is safe, fun, and an educational space for students to reach their potential.”

Understanding the importance of play on a child’s physical and mental health, Robert got to work building a new, safe playground shortly after he arrived at PVES. Having no readily available funds for the project, he secured grants, private donations, and volunteers to make it a reality. Another outstanding resource made possible by Robert was the start of a mobile library called the “Book Buggy” - a donated van for him and volunteers to travel around the community and provide books to students of all ages. In addition, he formed a mentorship program and secured a family development specialist to provide case management for families to address social determinants of health. Read the rest of his story here!
Harrisonburg, VA
National Rural Health Day
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