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March 5, 2013

NCHN Reminders

The NCHN Conference is only a month and a half away. Make sure you register before April 1st to get $75 off of on registration. Also, please make sure you have made your hotel reservations as rooms have nearly sold out. This year's Pre-Conference Workshop, Got Outcomes? What's Your Evidence, still has spaces open. Find out more about this session here.

2013 Award Nominations are being accepted and are due by March 15th. Find out more here.


Leadership Corner

RWHC's Leadership Insights: "Sorry"
It seems the way most of us use the phrase “I’m sorry” is a bit like the childhood story, The Three Bears: too much, too little, or just about right. It is worth the effort to get it right. People perceive a lot about our self confidence and integrity when we do - or do not - apologize and mean it.

Toniann Richard
Toniann Richard is the Executive Director of HCC of Rural Missouri and recipient of the 2012 NCHN New and Emerging Network Leader of the Year.

MEMBER Q&A with Toniann Richard, Healthcare Collaborative of Rural Missouri

For this feature, we interviewed the 2012 New and Emerging Network Leader of the Year, Toniann Richard, Executive Director of the Healthcare Collaborative (HCC) of Rural Missouri. We asked her questions about her current work and impact, as well as future plans and, of course, her thoughts on being a 2012 Award recipient. In her time with HCC, Toniann has worked to grow her network significantly as well as support other networks. In addition to serving on the NCHN Board of Directors, she is involved in numerous other community initiatives. She is a mother, network director, community builder, and wellness promoter. Her energy is contagious. (On a side note, we recently spotted her - via Facebook - waking up at 3:15 AM to go to the gym.)


Monthly Column: Wellness Tips from Jay Seifert

Leadership and Organizational Health: Learning to “Walk the Talk”

There is now widespread agreement that our declining health status is an issue we can no longer ignore or defer.  And most of us are beginning to understand that it’s an issue in which we all have a very big stake.

Current estimates are that we’ll spend between $2.8 and $3.1 trillion on healthcare this year, making it the primary driver of our nation’s debt.  A recent report by the Bipartisan Policy Center includes this stark assessment:  “The current level of healthcare spending will bankrupt our country.” 


Jay Seifert
Jay Seifer is co-founder of LoneStart Wellness. He will be a monthly wellness guest columnist for the NCHN e-News and blog.

NCHN Calendar

Quarterly Membership Call
Monday, March 11 @ 2:00 PM ET

Program Development Committee Call
Tuesday, March 12 @ 1:00 PM ET

2013 Annual Conference Planning Committee Call
Tuesday, March 12 @ 2:00 PM ET

Coffee/Tea Chat with Dr. Chess
Wednesday, March 13 @ 10:30 AM ET

Board of Directors Call
Monday, March 18 @ 2:00 PM ET

BULLS Leadership Learning Community Call
Wednesday, March 20 @ 10:00 AM ET

Transformers Leadership Learning Community Call
Wednesday, March 20 @ 11:00 AM ET




Act now to nominate your favorite health network leader and/or organization so that that they might be known and honored nationally for dedicating their professional life, expertise, time and talent to providing and improving the health services of their network members. Entry deadline is March 15, 2013.

YANDE = Yet Another Newly Designed Email
We have once again redesigned the e-News (if you did not notice). We did this to make the news more scannable and readable. We want to include much more member news and ensure that the NCHN e-News is one that you find easy to read and that you actually want to open. We plan to include a Member Feature in every issue, so don't be surprised if we come knocking at your inbox asking you to share information about your projects. Time and time again we hear that the most useful information we include in the newsletter is about (surprise) other members. So please touch base with us if you are ready to share some exciting news about your network. We are also happy to announce that, as part of the redesign, Jay Seifert will be providing a monthly column about wellness. He is an expert on such things and, in addition to being a guest columnist and guest blogger, he'll be presenting Wellness?  That is so 2012!  Reframing our Conversation about Well-Being for 2013 & Beyond, at the Conference Friday morning.

NewsMember News

Sunflower Health Network (Winter 2013): Rural Medicine Opportunities

RWHC: Eye on Health (March 2013): "Federal Policy Undermines Rural Health"

The Hospital Cooperative (February 2013): Cooperative Connections

RWHC is co-sponsoring a series entitled "Hospital Best Practice Events"

Sunflower Health Network has launched their redesigned website


Funding Announcements

Rural Health Information Technology (HIT) Workforce Program
The purpose of this program is to support formal rural health networks that focus on activities relating to the recruitment, education, training, and retention of HIT specialists.

Delta States Rural Development Network Grant Program
The purpose is to fund organizations located in the eight Delta States to address unmet local health care needs and prevalent health disparities...

all that jazz - it's almost that time!
  • Register online here
    by April 1, 2013 to save $75
  • Make Hotel Reservations here
    by March 26, 2013
  • View the Agenda here
    Session descriptions have been updated
  • See this year's Speakers here
  • Plan Your Trip here

National Headlines

National Patient Safety Awareness Week is March 3 - 9 » READ
White House releases state-by-state reports on sequester impact » READ
USDA Releases Updated State Fact Sheets » READ
RAC's Winter 2013 issue of The Rural Monitor » READ
NOSORH's March 2013 issue of The Branch » READ
Recruiting, Retaining Physicians Requires Finesse » READ
Speak Your Piece: Plan Could Hurt Rural » READ
Rural Health Care Support Mechanism: Final Rule » READ
The Country Doctor Is In » READ
Rural Healthcare Workforce Shortages Defy Easy Solutions » READ
The Missing Addenda: USDA Rural Definition » READ
Daily Yonder's Monday Roundup: What's Rural? » READ
How much can a rural doctor do? Ask Neil Nelson, MD » READ
New Health Information Technology Advisory Committee Members to Advise National Coordinator » READ
Public voting opens to determine HHSinnovates People’s Choice Award winner » READ


Upcoming Events

Introduction to Rural Health Clinics Webinar
March 5, 2013 | 1:00 - 3:00 PM EST
(Ohio State Office of Rural Health)

Getting the Rankings Message Out to Your Community
March 11, 2013 | 2:00 - 3:00 PM CDT
(County Health Rankinds and Roadmaps)

Benefits of Building a Collaborative Health Information Exchange in a Rural Environment
March 14, 2013 | 11:00 - 12:00 PM CDT
(National Rural Health Association)

Small and Rural Collaboration Promotes Patient Safety Improvement
March 26, 2013 | 12:00 - 1:00 PM CDT
(National Rural Health Association)

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