The Branch
A monthly update for NOSORH members and partners
November 2022
2022 NOSORH Annual Meeting Connects SORH, Partners in Virginia
Thank you to all who participated in the 2022 NOSORH Annual Meeting, making it a huge success! How successful? 93% of attendees said they were “very satisfied” with the meeting, with one respondent saying, "This was one of the BEST annual meetings! I wouldn't have changed a thing." 100% of attendees reported that all meeting objectives were met, with another attendee noting, "The sessions were amazing. As a new rural health analyst, I learned so much important and relevant information. I was able to meet many individuals and connect with multiple states to get ideas." 
 
NOSORH extends a special thanks to each investing partner and the Virginia State Office of Rural Health for their support in hosting this year's meeting. Stay tuned for more information about the 2023 Annual Meeting. 
 
Meeting attendees, either virtually or in person, will receive a follow-up email with the links to each meeting session. If you have any questions, please contact Matt Strycker at stryckerm@nosorh.org
Get Ready to Celebrate Rural Health on November 17!
National Rural Health Day is only a few days away! Visit PowerofRural.org to discover ways to celebrate, a Promotional Toolkit with free downloads, and an event listing for this year’s #PowerOfRural celebration. 


NRHD offers an opportunity for stakeholders in various industries to engage in the #PowerOfRural movement! Now available are handouts and social media graphics for the following stakeholder groups: Broadband, Philanthropy Organizations, Public Health Agencies, and Rural Health Clinics. The handouts outline how each stakeholder’s work impacts rural health and some ways to celebrate NRHD. We encourage you to share the handouts and graphics with your network.

Some featured events to get on your schedule: 

November 16 at 2:00 ET
Join NOSORH and RHIhub for the annual NRHD Twitter Chat! This year’s chat will focus on the topic of health literacy. Use the hashtag #RuralHealthChat to tweet with experts from around the country. Everyone is welcome to provide comments and questions or follow along! 

November 17 at 2:00 ET
Come along for the ride as NOSORH welcomes a panel of distinguished guests from various industries (broadband, philanthropy, public health, Rural Health Clinics and centers, USDA) - each driving change and sharing stories about the work they are doing to go the extra mile in rural. 

November 19, starting at 9:00 ET
A free CME/CE virtual event for rural primary care providers
 
More events will be added to the schedule, so check this page for updates! 
Help Spread the Word: Rural Health Clinical Congress – A Free Virtual CME/CE Event for Clinicians in Your State
NOSORH is partnering again with RME Collaborative for Rural Health Clinical Congress Fall, a FREE virtual CME/CE conference held in conjunction with National Rural Health Day! This multi-topic event will be broadcast live on Saturday, November 19, 2022, starting at 9:00 am ET. Click here to learn more about this unique continuing education event, and help us spread the word by inviting clinicians in your area to participate.
Questions? Contact RME Collaborative at cme@cmeruralhealth.com
Rural Health Policy Update
SORH Reauthorization Bill Introduced in the House: On October 4, Reps. Markwayne Mullin (R-OK) and Tom O’Halleran (D-AZ) introduced H.R. 9137, the State Offices of Rural Health Reauthorization Bill of 2022. The bipartisan bill seeks to reauthorize the SORH program for five years, from FY 2023-2027. In addition, the bill would increase funding for the SORH program by 20 percent annually. The increase would take SORH funding from $12,500,000 to $15,000,000 were the bill passed into law. Since its introduction, Reps. O’Halleran and Mullin have circulated a Dear Colleague letter asking other House members to endorse the bill as co-sponsors. Read More
Rural Health Capital Resources Council Receives Second Year of Funding 
The Rural Health Capital Resources Council is a NOSORH program that began in the fall of 2021, with funding from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy. The Council comprises over 30 organizations focused on increasing capital resources directed to rural health, including federal agencies, Community Development Finance Institutions (CDFIs), philanthropy, national associations, and representatives of State Offices of Rural Health (SORH) and local initiatives. Read More
Free Primary Care Learning Series on Psychiatry Starting Soon
The Weitzman Advanced Primary Care ECHO is providing two 10-session modules on adult psychiatry and substance use disorders (a total of 20 CME/CE) for FREE! In each session, faculty members give succinct, didactic presentations on pertinent subjects, after which they offer practical guidance to participants' complex patient cases via case discussions. The didactic presentations in the first module cover high-value topics, including psychiatric medication management, suicidality, anxiety, PTSD, and mood disorders. These didactic presentations and case discussions develop and strengthen participating providers' clinical competencies and confidence with complex patient cases. Please share this opportunity with your rural providers!
NOSORH Partner Receives National Award
NOSORH would like to send a huge congratulations to our partner, Kate Hill, R.N., Vice President of Clinical Services at The Compliance Team. Kate was recently awarded the National Association of Rural Health Clinics’ (NARHC’s) Ron Nelson Award for her work, and outstanding leadership in the promotion of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) Certified Rural Health Clinics (RHCs). Kate has dedicated her life to service and caring for others in health care. She proudly and bravely served our country in Vietnam, earning a Bronze Star. Now, she travels all over the country, providing RHC compliance education to ensure rural patients have access to quality health care. Kate is a rural health champion and a national treasure, and NOSORH couldn’t be prouder. With humility in her spirit and a heart of gold, Kate epitomizes the life’s work this award recognizes. Congratulations to Kate!  
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2023 National Rural EMS & Care Virtual Conference
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