The Branch
A monthly update for NOSORH members and partners
October 2021
National Rural Health Day is Next Month: Join the #PowerofRural Celebration!
NOSORH sets aside the 3rd Thursday of every November to celebrate National Rural Health Day (NRHD) and the #PowerofRural. This year's theme is the Power of Rural: Resiliency, Resolve, Relationships, & Readiness. Here are a few ways to get involved:

  • The 2021 Promotional Toolkit has customizable tools, such as planning calendars, idea guides, postcards, logos, graphics, and more! Just released: a new Spanish language coloring book!
  • Use the official NRHD hashtag (#PowerofRural) in your tweets, posts, and photos! Follow @NOSORH on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram for the latest NRHD news!
  • Do you have an NRHD event planned that you would like us to share on social media? Submit a shoutout request! Once approved, your event will be shared on @NOSORH social media accounts. Be sure to include your handle so we can tag you.
  • Fill your cart with fun swag from the NRHD Shop!
Visit (the NRHD headquarters) and stay tuned for more plans. We hope you can join us on November 18 to celebrate all the GREAT things happening in rural health!
3rd Annual Rural Health Clinical Congress- A Free Virtual CME/CE Event for Rural Providers
NOSORH is partnering again with RME Collaborative for the 3rd Annual Rural Health Clinical Congress, 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 20, 2021, 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. Contact RME Collaborative at for more information.
Rural Health Policy Update
Appropriations: On September 30, the final day of the fiscal 2021 calendar, Congress passed, and the President signed into law H.R. 5305, a continuing resolution (CR) that extends FY 2021 funding for all federal programs through December 3, 2021. By December 3, Congress must adopt another short-term CR or pass a dozen appropriations bills that fund the federal government through the 2022 fiscal year. While the short-term CR includes additional funding for disaster relief and Afghanistan, it is otherwise clean. The extension most likely means Congress will now pass an omnibus fiscal year (FY) 2022 spending bill sometime in December to usher in FY 22 spending levels. Read More
"SORH Champions" to Assist RHC Vaccine Confidence Grant Program
NOSORH is delighted to announce the Rural Health Clinic Vaccine Confidence (RHCVC) Grant Program SORH Champions! This group of highly skilled rural health professionals will lend their time and talent to RHCVC grantees across the country during the grant period. With skill sets ranging from regulatory compliance to financial operations to clinical protocol best practices, this group collectively brings over 100 years of rural health expertise to the “RHC table.” The RHCVC Grant Program is historic. Application eligibility was limited to CMS-certified RHCs, but all applicants were guaranteed an award. Read More
Join RTTC's Virtual Launch: RISE for Rural Telementoring
Join the national Rural Telementoring Training Center (RTTC) from October 25 – 29 for the virtual launch of Resources, Information, Support, and Education – RISE for Rural Telementoring. This week celebrates the release of an array of tools and resources to support the implementation and evaluation of telementoring for rural health care. Over the course of five days, the RTTC will host multiple virtual events to highlight the theme of Emerging Voices in Rural Telementoring, including a photography competition, micro-lectures from leaders in telementoring, and stories from community members and rural health workers. Join for discussion, connection, and community. All events are virtual and free to attend. Register at: the RTTC at:
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.
Mark Thomas Jansen, MD
Arkansas Blue Cross & Blue Shield

Thanks to Dr. Jansen’s vision and generosity, Arkansas convened its first rural health summit, which spurred collaboration between all organizations focusing on rural health in the state. The gathering led to the formation of Arkansas’ first statewide inclusive rural health organization. According to his nominator, “Dr. Jansen is a true public servant at heart. He works tirelessly to create an atmosphere in rural AR where rural citizens have access to equitable health care, regardless of their zip code.”

NOSORH Virtual Annual Meeting
National Rural Health Day
Visit to learn more about this year’s #PowerofRural celebration
Rural Health Clinical Congress
Mark your calendar for this free multi-topic CME/CE event held in conjunction with National Rural Health Day!