The Branch
A monthly update for NOSORH members and partners
October 2022
See You at the NOSORH Annual Meeting!
Next week, NOSORH will be hosting the 2022 NOSORH Annual Meeting in Harrisonburg, VA (and virtually)!

A huge thank you to the following investing partners for their support of NOSORH's mission:
Celebrating All Who Go the Extra Mile for Rural

National Rural Health Day is next month! Visit to find ideas, tools, and an event listing for this year’s National celebration:

  • The 2022 Promotional Toolkit features free downloadable tools, such as logos, flyers, posters, coloring books, and more!

  • Fill up your cart at the NRHD Swag Shop! Two new items are available: a removable vinyl sticker and a stainless travel mug!

  • Mark your calendar for this year’s live NRHD Event – Collaboration Carpool: Conversations with Mission-Minded Rural Stakeholders - November 17 at 2:00 ET. NOSORH will welcome a dynamic group of guests from various sectors (broadband, philanthropy, public health, Rural Health Clinics, USDA) - each driving change and sharing stories about the work they’re doing to go the extra mile through collaboration.

  • NOSORH is partnering with RMECollaborative to offer the Rural Health Clinical Congress on Saturday, November 19. This is a FREE, multi-topic CME/CE virtual conference designed for primary care providers who serve patients in rural and underserved areas. Registration is now open!

Be sure to use the #PowerofRural or #NationalRuralHealthDay (and tag @NOSORH) in your social posts! 
New! Key Messages & Data Points eBook
Each year, in conjunction with National Rural Health Day, NOSORH captures and shares essential information and key messages that help to educate various stakeholders about the realities of rural through stories and data. Check out the newly released 2022 Key Messages & Data Points eBook, and feel free to share it with your partners. 
Rural Health Policy Update
SORH Reauthorization Bill Introduced in the Senate:  
On September 29, the Senate Co-Chairs of the Rural Health Caucus, Senators John Barrasso (R-WY) and Tina Smith (D-MN), introduced S. 4978, the State Offices of Rural Health Reauthorization Act of 2022. The 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. Read More
Recording Available: Telling the Stories of Rural Health in America
On September 27th, NOSORH hosted the live event “Telling the Stories of Rural Health in America.” If you missed the event, the replay is now available! Watch as a panel of industry leaders share their perspectives on positive rural health storytelling, followed by a discussion focused on interests and challenges in communicating about rural health.
Rural Telementoring UnConference: A Free Virtual Event on Oct 26th
Join the Rural Telementoring Training Center for the "Rural Telementoring UnConference" on October 26th from 10:00-2:00 pm CT. This free virtual event will feature brief presentations on topics relevant to rural healthcare delivery, followed by group discussion, idea generation, and collaboration. Unlike traditional conferences, where the agenda is predetermined and there is limited opportunity for interaction and conversation, an "UnConference" provides a structure that facilitates sharing experiences, idea generation, and partnership building in pursuit of shared goals. Learn More
Partners in Public Health: Healthy People 2030 and the Role of Public Libraries in Promoting Health and Health Equity
Save the date for two webinars this October in honor of Health Literacy Month! Registration is free and open to the public, but participants must create a user account on the Network of the National Library of Medicine website. Each webinar qualifies for 1.0 continuing education credit hours from the Medical Library Association.
Part 1: Thursday, October 6, 3:00 p.m. ET
Sasha Fleary, Ph.D., will describe her research on health literacy and the role libraries can play in improving public health. Participants will also hear an overview of Healthy People 2030 and a demo of Healthy People data and resources.
Part 2: Thursday, October 13, 3:00 p.m. ET
Three public libraries from across the country will discuss how they impact health outcomes in their communities as Healthy People 2030 Champions. Participants will also hear an overview of Healthy People 2030 and a demo of Healthy People data/resources.
Harrisonburg, VA
2023 National Rural EMS & Care Virtual Conference
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