The Branch
A monthly update for NOSORH members and partners
October/November 2020
National Rural Health Day is November 19!
NOSORH is excited to celebrate the 10th annual National Rural Health Day on November 19, 2020! Below you’ll find a few of the highlights and happenings for this year's celebration. When you visit, you’ll see what else is happening across the country. While you're there, be sure to share your plans with us - we’d love to spread the news about what you're doing.

100% Community NRHD Live Event - Nov 19 at 2pm ET
On NRHD, Katherine Ortega Courtney, Ph.D., and Dominic Cappello, authors of 100% Community: Ensuring 10 Vital Services for Surviving and Thriving, will discuss their groundbreaking research & roadmap they've created to help rural counties learn how to work together in new ways to create local systems of health, safety, education, & economic stability.

NRHD Key Messages & Data Points eBook
The updated 2020 National Rural Health Day "Key Messages & Data Points" ePublication is full of rural-relevant data points that relate to the 3 NRHD key messages. 

Download & Share Free Tools
Check out the Community Engagement Toolkit at for a variety of free downloads, including posters, coloring books, graphics, idea guide and more! Use these tools at your next NRHD event!

Shop for NRHD Swag
The National Rural Health Day store is open for business! Shirts, face masks, hand sanitizer, pet bandanas & more can be purchased to show your Power of Rural Spirit! 

Join the #PowerofRural Conversation on Social Media
Join the rolling NRHD Thunderclap by tweeting #PowerofRural at 11:19 am in your time zone. Be sure to use #PowerofRural in all of your social media posts!

Also, stay tuned for the release of the 2020 Community Stars eBook on November 19, featuring the inspiring stories of 48 individuals/organizations who are dedicated to rural health! Thank you for all you do to help us put the focus on rural health in 2020!
NOSORH Virtual Annual Meeting a Success!
NOSORH would like to thank everyone for making the first ever virtual Annual Meeting a success! Thank you to the planning committee for putting together such a robust agenda and to the production team behind the scenes, who worked for months putting together everything from recorded sessions to prepping the live speakers. To NOSORH members, thank you for rolling with us and understanding when there were any hiccups or tech issues - the way you helped each other out in the chat and your engagement on the meeting platform were amazing!

Special thanks to NOSORH’s investing partners for your support, engagement and collaboration:
Exclusive Partners: Center for Optimizing Rural Health; Stroudwater Associates; Wipfli
Rural Champion Partner: RMECollaborative
Platinum Partners: AAAASF
Gold Partners: DentaQuest; The Compliance Team
Exhibitors: RHIhub; 3RNet; National Rural Health Resource Center
Help Spread the Word: 2nd Annual Rural Health Clinical Congress – A Free Virtual CME/CE Event for Clinicians in Your State
NOSORH is partnering again with RME Collaborative for the 2nd Annual Rural Health Clinical Congress, a free virtual live CME/CE conference held in conjunction with National Rural Health Day! This multi-topic, half-day event will be broadcast live on Saturday, November 21, 2020 starting at 8:00 am CT. Invite clinicians in your area to participate using the resources in this digital toolkit, including a sample email invitation, social media resources, promotional flyer, press release, and more! Click here to learn more about this unique continuing education event or email RME Collaborative at
Policy Analysis and Response Committee Focuses on Definitions and Methodology
The Health Resource and Services Administration’s Bureau of Health Workforce (BHW) recently closed two requests for information (RFI) – one regarding the methodology supporting Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) and another on proposed Maternal Care Health Professional Target Areas (MCHPTAs). Over the summer, NOSORH’s Program Analysis and Response Committee (PARC) gathered feedback from the SORH in order to develop a set of comprehensive responses to each of the RFIs. There was considerable feedback from the membership and engagement with surveys, moderated listening sessions, and multiple iterations of the draft comments circulated for review. NOSORH’s complete comments regarding the HPSA RFI and the MCHPTA RFI can be found on the NOSORH website. Read More
Connections for Community Care - Small Group for SORH Starting in November
The Connections for Community Care (C3) project, funded by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP), just wrapped up its first quarter! This NOSORH/National Association of Rural Health Clinics (NARHC) collaborative project provides Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) across the nation easy access to and technical assistance (TA) for comprehensive, community-centric COVID-19 onsite testing and is available at no cost to any SORH and/or RHC!

The Connections for Community Care Small Educational Exchange and Development (SEED) sessions will begin on Tuesday, November 24 at 3 PM ET (and then monthly on the 4th Tuesday of each month at 3 PM ET) for SORH to share related information, discuss challenges, “best” practices, experiences, etc. as well as a time for the C3 team to respond to SORH and RHC requests for information, resources, tools Read More
RHC Survey to Highlight Telemedicine Trends and Benchmarks
Interested in Rural Health Clinic (RHC) Telemedicine trends and benchmarks in the context of the pandemic? Invite the RHCs in your state to participate in the new national Telemedicine survey sponsored by our Lilypad partners in the Practice Operations National Database (POND). The survey is available at no cost to every RHC across the country and it will only take five minutes to participate. This survey was developed in collaboration with Stroudwater, The Compliance Team and InQuiseek. The 5-question pulse survey can be accessed at Results will be shared via webinar in early 2021.
Rural Health Policy Update
Continuing Resolution Passed by Congress: On October 1, President Trump signed into law a continuing resolution (CR) that extends fiscal year (FY) 2020 federal funding for health programs like SORH and FLEX through December 11, 2020. Congress will begin negotiations on passing a FY 2021 bill following the November elections. Congress largely avoided adding COVID-related measures onto the stopgap bill, a move which helped prevent a government shutdown. The bill did change the interest rate and terms for Medicare accelerated and advance payment programs and delays the start of $4 billion in FY ’21 Read More
NOSORH Now Hiring
NOSORH is looking to add a Content Specialist to the NOSORH team! Please share the job description link below to potentially qualified candidates. The NOSORH team is dedicated to the mission of serving State Offices of Rural Health and their stakeholders to improve rural health. The right person will be able to help NOSORH develop content, making it interesting and tailored to the variety of ways State Offices of Rural Health get their information. The position is 100% remote and offers a flexible work schedule. For more information, check out details and instructions in the job description. Applications due by October 29.
NOSORH Feature Article
State Offices of Rural Health Put Extra Funding to Work for Rural Communities
by Beth Blevins

Many State Offices of Rural Health (SORH) are receiving an additional $50,000 in funding this year, thanks to the advocacy of NOSORH and its partners.

The money, which became available on July 1, was part of the $2.5 million dollar increase in the SORH grant line. The additional funding is also subject to the 3:1 matching requirements that apply to the SORH grant. For every dollar received, there must be $3 given through state funding. According to NOSORH CEO, Teryl Eisinger, “The State Office of Rural Health program is structured as a true federal and state collaboration, ensuring that SORH can focus on the rural health needs in their state and ensuring information dissemination, coordination and technical assistance on federal programs and other resources to improve rural health.”
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State of the Healthcare Industry: Market Updates for Rural Strategy

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Let's Talk About CHART
The Rural Health Value team invites you to a virtual discussion on October 28 to identify opportunities, questions, and potential next steps for interested organizations regarding the Community Health Access and Rural Transformation (CHART) Community Transformation Track funding opportunity recently released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Innovation Center (CMMI). Find out more or register
National Rural Health Day

2020 Rural Health Clinical Congress
Mark your calendar for RME Collaborative’s 2020 Rural Health Clinical Congress- a free, multi-topic CME/CE virtual event designed for primary care providers who care for patients in rural and underserved areas. Click here to learn more and register
Featured Resources
CMS' Community Health and Rural Transformation (CHART) Model
CMS has released the notice of funding opportunity (NOFO) for the Community Track of the CHART model. More information on the CHART model is available from the Model Team Website. If you, or one of your partners, is intending to apply for the Community Track – NOSORH would love to know. A head count can help our federal partners plan for necessary technical assistance and resources to give every state an equal opportunity. Please email Chris Salyers ( if you’re aware of potential applications in your state.
Adult Protective Services: What You Must Know
Approximately 20% of older adults experience some form of elder abuse (physical abuse, psychological abuse, sexual abuse, financial exploitation, caregiver neglect) each year. The effects of elder abuse on America’s seniors are devastating and lead to diminished quality of life. To ensure elder abuse victims receive the services they need, each state has implemented Adult Protective Services (APS), a government agency, to receive reports of elder abuse and (if eligible) arrange for services to mitigate or eliminate the abusive situation. However, not all professionals are familiar with APS. You are invited to read this two-page flyer, Adult Protective Services: What You Must Know, to learn about working with APS, a critical partner in the fight against elder abuse.