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June 17, 2014

NCHN Reminders

The 2014 NCHN Annual Educational Conference is getting underway today in St. Louis, Missouri. Among excellent sessions and speakers, the 6th annual Award winners will be announced at the Awards Luncheon on Wednesday at the Conference. Follow NCHN on Facebook and Twitter for updates from the Conference.

The next NCHN Leadership Summit will be in January 2015 and, while the location has not been pinned down, there is consensus that it will be somewhere warm. The date and location will be announced as soon as that information is available.


Leadership Corner

The Matrix Map: A Powerful Tool for Mission-Focused Nonprofits
by Steve Zimmerman
It’s easy to embrace the concept of the Dual Bottom Line, but harder to apply it in a real-world board setting. For example, board members—and many staff—are seldom familiar with all of the programs and activities of the organization. While there may be a strong sense that “all our programs are great,” there may not have been any discussion about which programs are, in fact, those with the greatest or most important impacts.


Jayne Berube
Jayne Berube, Program Coordinator with HRSA-ORHP

Q & A with Jayne Berube, Program Coordinator with ORHP

For this electronic interview, we caught up with Jayne Berube, who recently began her work as Program Coordinator with ORHP. Given ORHP's strong support of health networks, we were excited to find out more about Jayne and about her thoughts on the role of networks, the direction of health care, and future opportunities for networks.


Report to the Membership from the Executive Director

We are now in St. Louis for the 2014 NCHN Annual Educational Conference. It is an exciting time for NCHN members! We are kicking off a new fiscal year (May 1st) and I welcome the opportunity to give the membership an overview of the accomplishments of your Association for 2013 and peek at some plans for 2014.

Without the continued support of our dedicated members these activities and projects would not have been possible. Thanks to each member that stepped forth during 2013 to serve on committees, participate on Coffee/Tea Chats, respond to list serve questions, answer emails and generously provide support to your peers. The Board of Directors and Officers continually seek feedback from you and meet on a regular basis to discuss and explore programming that meets the needs of our diverse membership.


Jay Seifert
Rebecca Davis is the Executive Director of NCHN and lives in Montrose, Colorado

Mariposa Community Health receives NRHA AwardMariposa Community Health Center Platicamos Salud receives NRHA Award

In May, Mariposa Community Health Center Platicamos Salud, the fiscal agent for the Santa Cruz County Adolescent Wellness Network, received the 2014 Outstanding Rural Health Program Award from the NRHA. View the acceptance video online »

(Left: Dr. Raymond Christensen, NRHA board president; Blanca Andrade, Maternal and Child Health Case Manager; Susan Kunz, Chief of Health and Wellness; Sylvia Ochoa, Patient Navigator, and CEO Alan Morgan.)

Platicamos Salud (Let’s Talk Health) is a program started by MCHC in 1991 intended to improve the health and wellness of residents of Santa Cruz County through outreach and by joining efforts with other local organizations.


NCHN Calendar

20th NCHN Annual Educational Conference
June 18-20, 2014 - St. Louis, MO

2014 Program Development Committee Call
June 25, 2014 @ 11:00 AM ET

June Coffee/Tea Chat with Dr. Chess
June 26, 2014 @ 11:00 AM ET

Membership Task Force Call
July 8, 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.


Member News

HCC of Rural Missouri celebrates 10 year anniversay

RWHC: Eye on Health newsletter – July 2014

Partner News

EMTS's Larry Cantarano and Andy Hunt are on-site at the 2014 NCHN Annual Educational Conference in St. Louis


Funding Announcements

Distance Learning and Telemedicine Program Grants (USDA)
The Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) Grant Program is specifically designed to assist rural communities in acquiring distance learning and telemedical technologies so that local teachers and medical service providers who serve rural residents can establish interactive video conferencing links to teachers, medical professionals, and other needed expertise located at distances too far to access otherwise.
(Deadline: July 7, 2014)


National Headlines

Challenges & Opportunities in Rural Healthcare: Q&A With CHI's Jeffrey Drop » READ

CMS implements extension of two programs for small, rural hospitals » READ

Critical Times for Small and Rural Hospitals » VIEW

Remembering Rural Philanthropy in an Urban-Focused Society » READ

Country Doctor 2014 » READ

ASA® Applauds Introduction of Medicare Access to Rural Anesthesiology Act in House » READ

HRSA Creates New Bureau of Health Workforce » READ

New Medicaid repayment is threat to rural health clinics » READ

VHA Office of Rural Health Summer 2014 issue of The Rural Connection online » READ

Rural hospitals: On the critical list? » READ

Rural Hospitals’ Service to Poor Challenged by Costs and Policies » READ

Senators Question Secretary-Designate Burwell on Rural Health » READ

Providing rural health services: Technology is key for Big Sandy pharmacy site » READ

This Traveling Wagon Delivers Free Healthcare » READ

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

ACA News

Affordable Care Act Funds to Expand Services at the Nation's Community Health Center » READ

CMS initiative helps people make the most of their new health coverage » READ

Exchange/Insurance Market Standards for 2015 and Beyond Final Rule » READ

HIT News

Rural clinics increasingly turn to telemedicine » READ

Telepsychiatry gains momentum at academic medical centers » READ

Robot helps save the day at rural hospital » READ

Rural clinics increasingly turn to telemedicine » READ

ONC: A 10-Year Vision to Achieve an Interoperable Health IT Infrastructure » READ


Upcoming Events

Government Health IT Conference & Exhibition
June 17-18, 2014 | Wasington, DC

The Impact of a Capital Project on Your Health Center
June 18, 2014 | 2:00 - 3:00 PM ET

Medicaid 1115 Waivers: How Are They Transforming the Health System?
June 19, 2014 | 1:00 - 2:30 PM ET

The Telehealth Implementation Roadmap
June 19, 2014 @ 2:00 PM ET
(Telehealth Resource Centers)

Community Health Needs Assessments and Health Equity Webinar
June 24, 2014 | 4:00 - 5:30 PM ET

Tools for the Connected Medical Home
June 24, 2014 | 4:00 - 5:00 PM ET

Telepsychiatry: From Idea to Solution
June 25, 2014 | 12:00 - 1:00 PM

Exploring Pharmacy Revenue Streams in Small and Rural Hospitals
June 26, 2014 | 2:00 - 3:00 PM ET

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

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


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