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July 1, 2014

NCHN Reminders

2014 NCHN Awards were announced at the NCHN Annual Educational Conference in St. Louis on June 18th. View winners below.

2014 Committees are forming now. Review Committees & Sign up here

Success Stories: Submit your network's program/project/story to be published on the Rural Assistance Center website and



Leadership Corner

3 Pivotal Conversations
by Jo Anne Preston, RWHC
When it comes to communicating at turning points, I am a fan of stating the obvious. When something seems obvious, we often decide not to voice our thinking, and sometimes this can be a missed opportunity to make things better. Here are three such communication junctures where leaders can make a big difference in the long run, and some ways to “say it.”


Darcy Czarnik Laurin
Darcy Czarnik Laurin (right) receives the 2014 New and Emerging Network Leader award from Cassalyn David (right), 2013 recipient
Cindy Siler and Carolyn Witherspoon
Cindy Siler (left) received the 2014 Outstanding Network Leader award: pictured with Carolyn Witherspoon (right), 2013 recipient
2014 Friend of NCHN ORHP
Jayne Berube (middle) and Marcia Green (right) accept the 2014 Friend of NCHN award on behalf of ORHP: pictured with Stacie Pace (left)
Coastal Carolinas Health Alliance was recognized as the 2014 Outstanding Health Network

2014 NCHN Awards

The 6th NCHN Annual Awardees were announced at the Awards Luncheon in St. Louis on June 18th. Congratulations to the following outstanding leaders and organizations:

  • Darcy Czarnik Laurin (Thumb Rural Health Network, MI): 2014 Outstanding New and Emerging Network Leader
  • Cindy Siler (Tennessee Rural Partnership, TN): 2014 Outstanding Network Leader
  • Coastal Carolinas Health Alliance (NC): 2014 Outstanding Health Network
  • Office of Rural Health Policy: 2014 Friend of NCHN award


NCHN Calendar

Membership Task Force Call
July 8, 2014 @ 11:00 AM ET

Quarterly Information Call
July 21, 2014 @ 2:00 PM ET

July Coffee/Tea Chat with Dr. Chess
July 25, 2014 @ 11:00 AM ET




NCHN Wants YOU2014 Committee Sign Up: Get Involved

NCHN is a membership organization, which is governed by representatives from the membership. In addition to the importance of volunteer Directors, it is also important to have broad representation of the membership serving on the various NCHN Committees.

The committees operate to assist the elected Board of Directors and the Officers in meeting its goals and objectives of the Association. We are now recruiting committee members for 2014. Please take a few minutes to review the 2014 Committees and their descriptions and sign up here to serve on a committee/s this year.



Featured Program: Montana Health Network's Unlicensed Assistive Personnel (UAP) Program

Like many areas across the country, rural and critical access hospitals in eastern Montana faced a shortage of registered nurses (RNs). The Montana Health Network (MHN) implemented a program to recruit nursing students to work at rural hospitals as Unlicensed Assistive Personnel (UAP), with the hope that these students will return to the hospitals after graduation. The program offered a loan forgiveness program to RN students that returned to an MHN member hospital and worked for at least two years after graduating from nursing school.


Member News

RWHC: Eye on Health (July 2014)

Western Healthcare Alliance: June 2014 newsletter (pdf)

Partner News

EMTS blog: 4 Ways to Trim Down Your Capital Medical Spending in 2014


Funding Announcements

Navigator Funding Available to Help with Enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace (CMS)
The Affordable Care Act creates a Health Insurance Marketplace or Marketplace also known as the Affordable Insurance Exchange in each state, that together provide millions of Americans and small employers with access to affordable health insurance coverage...
(Deadline: July 10, 2014)


National Headlines

NRHA Grassroots: Tell Congress to protect rural hospitals during this week’s recess » READ

Speak Your Piece: Here's What's the Matter (Tim Marema responds to The New York Times piece "The Problem with Eastern Kentucky") » READ

Update: Independently Owned Pharmacy Closures in Rural America, 2003 - 2013 » VIEW

Resource: The Second Curve of Population Health » READ

Diabetic education in rural areas » READ

New script for healthcare: Choices expanding beyond hospitals » READ

A Mental-Health First Aid Kit » READ

Resource: Childhood Obesity Prevention Toolkit for Rural Communities » READ

HHS fights back to keep expanded 340B drug discounts » READ

ACA News

340B Drug Program Under Scrutiny » READ

Without a Key Obamacare Extension, 7 Million Americans Might Lose Their Health Care » READ

Supply won't meet growing demand for primary care » READ

A Guide to Understanding the Variation in Premiums in Rural Health Insurance Marketplaces » READ

HIT News

How FCC's rural broadband funding paves path for telemedicine » READ

Patients Play a Vital Role in Improving the Quality of Information in their Medical Records » READ

FCC: ‘Telemedicine, it's coming’ » READ

VA reduces admissions by 35% due to telemedicine services » READ

Getting Rural Patients Psychiatric Help Fast » READ


Upcoming Events

The Medicare Prospective Payment System (PPS) Rule Changes: Impact on FQHCs
July 8, 2014 | 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM PT

Ergonomics: Prevention of Farm Injuries Associated with Lifting, Twisting & Turning
July 10, 2014 | 12:00 - 1:00 PM CT

Leveraging Multiple State Data Sources to Drive Improvement in Population Health Outcomes
July 10, 2014 | 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM ET

Population Health Management: Be Proactive For Your Patients
July 16, 2014 | 1:00 - 2:00 PM ET
(Patient Centered Primary Care Collaborative)

Rural Quality and Clinical Conference
July 16-18, 2014 | Atlanta, GA

Building Engagement: Leveraging What Matters Most to Physicians
July 17, 2014 | 3:00 - 4:30 PM CT
(Illinois Hospital Association)

Improving the Health of High Risk Populations with Mobile Technology
July 17, 2014 | 2:00 PM CT

Nonprofit Employers and the Health Care Law Webinars
July 17, 2014 | 2:00 PM ET
August 14, 2014 | 2:00 PM ET
(SBA and CMS)

Rural Health Works Workshop
August 6, 2014 | Austin, TX
(Rural Health Works)

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