The Branch
A monthly update for NOSORH members and partners
November 2019
Plug in to the Power of Rural this National Rural Health Day!

NOSORH, its Federal, state, nonprofit, and other partners, invite all those who live, work, and visit rural America to thank rural health professionals and celebrate the Power of Rural on November 21, 2019. It’s not too late to get involved with National Rural Health Day (NRHD) activities or plan your own celebration! On 11/21, in addition to reading the Community Stars eBook, be sure to take part in the #PowerofRural Thunderclap at 11:21 am, the " Access to Funding for Rural Health Projects" Twitter Chat at 1:00 ET, and the live web event featuring The Providers at 2:00 ET. Click here for more scheduled events and fun, easy ways to "plug in" to the Power of Rural!
2019 NOSORH Annual Meeting Sees Success in Albuquerque
NOSORH would like to thank everyone for a successful Annual Meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico. A special thanks to the Planning Committee members who put together an agenda that really spoke to the needs of the members.

NOSORH always strives to make the Annual Meeting meaningful and pertinent information for State Offices. Members made the most of the twenty-four sessions that were offered over the two-day meeting and reported: “I have so many new resources and information. I am very excited over everything I brought back with me.” Another attendee stated, “Always my favorite meeting of the year! As always, great pertinent sessions, plenty of time to network with colleagues, engaging speakers, wonderful helpful staff, innovative approaches, and leaves you feeling inspired and ready to tackle the work!”

To the New Mexico State Office of Rural Health, whose excitement to be hosting was evident from the “Welcome to New Mexico” opening, the swag bags, and the giveaways between sessions, thank you for being such amazing hosts. One attendee noted, “I thought the special touches from the NM State Office were great. They really were terrific hosts!”

All session presentations and resources have been posted to the NOSORH website. Be sure to mark your calendar for the 2020 Annual Meeting: September 29-30, Saratoga Springs, New York!
NOSORH Thanks Partners for Support
NOSORH partners support our mission to promote the capacity of State Offices of Rural Health and their stakeholders to improve health in rural America through leadership development, advocacy, education and partnership. NOSORH is thankful for the continued support that our partners have provided over the years through various investments and collaborations. NOSORH greatly appreciates your support!
Exclusive Level
  • The Chartis Group/Chartis Center for Rural Health
Rural Health Champion
  • RME Collaborative
Platinum Level
  • American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities, Inc.
  • The Compliance Team
Gold Level
  • The Center for Optimizing Rural Health
  • Stroudwater Associates
2019 NOSORH Awards Honor Rural Health Leaders
Congratulations to the 2019 NOSORH Award recipients! Awardees were honored at a ceremony during the NOSORH Annual Meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on October 17. Congratulations to the Arizona Center for Rural Health (SORH Award of Excellence); Kathryn Miller, Wisconsin State Office of Rural Health (Emerging Leader Award); and Roslyn Council, New Jersey State Office of Rural Health (James D. Bernstein Mentoring Award).
New Issue Brief Highlights SORH SUD Work
by Beth Blevins
Funding from HRSA’s Rural Communities Opioid Response Program (RCORP) program has helped several State Offices of Rural Health (SORHs) recently start—or strengthen—their work related to substance use disorder and opioid use disorder (S/OUD). Those who receive the RCORP Planning grant have a year to create or strengthen a consortium focused on SUD/OUD. (HRSA currently offers an RCORP Implementation grant that some SORH have received as well.) For example, the South Carolina Office of Rural Health (SCORH) had never focused on S/OUD activities prior to receiving the RCORP Planning grant, according to Lindsey Kilgo, Read More
Rural Policy Update
Appropriations Update
On the week of October 28, the Senate began deliberation on a Labor-HHS appropriations bill for fiscal year (FY) 2020. Senate Majority Leader McConnell filed cloture on the motion to proceed to the House-passed Labor-HHS spending bill (H.R. 2740). However, on October 31, the vote to pass the House bill and begin floor debate failed in a 51-41 vote.Congress has a November 21, 2019 deadline to enact funding for FY 2020. If a bill is not passed by then another continuing resolution will need to pass. Members indicated this week that a continuing resolution could extend into early spring of 2020.

NOSORH is working with Congress to ensure the State Offices of Rural Health line is funded at the House-passed level of $12,500,000 for FY ’20. The current Senate measure only includes $10,000,000 in funding. Read More
TruServe Update
New version of TruServe coming! The next version of TruServe will simplify data entry and provide more options for tracking. Stay tuned for more information leading up to the launch date.

The next TruServe training will be: Wednesday, November 27 at 2pm ET. Click here to join the training.  
NOSORH Promising Practice
Sowing the Seeds of Healthy Eating in Rural Indiana
by Beth Blevins

Thanks in part to the Indiana State Office of Rural Health (Indiana SORH), rural residents in Allen County, Indiana, soon will have the opportunity to take classes on cooking and healthy eating through the HEALing Seeds program. The Our HEALing Kitchen (OHK) program, which began in 2015 in urban areas of Allen County, in and near Fort Wayne, has been rebranded as HEALing Seeds for its launch in rural, said Laura Dwire, Community Programs Manager for the St. Joseph Community Health Foundation (SJCHF), which manages and is the fiscal agent for HEALing Seeds. OHK is cosponsored by SJCHF and Parkview Health.

“We knew food deserts were a really big problem in urban areas,” Dwire said. “But rural areas have the same low-access pockets. Some of our areas are 15-20 miles from a grocery store. Because it’s rural and their needs are different, we’ve adjusted the curriculum and rebranded it as HEALing Seeds.” Read More
Past Promising Practice articles can be found here on the NOSORH website

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Free CME Activity for Rural Providers
The Rural Health Clinical Congress takes the distance out of learning, providing high-level, practical education for rural healthcare professionals through a virtual learning environment.
NEW- National Rural Health Day "Key Messages & Data Points" Publication!
NOSORH is excited to offer a brand new "Key Messages & Data Points" electronic publication for National Rural Health Day! The document features rural-relevant data under 3 National Rural Health Day key messages.