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May 7, 2013

NCHN Reminders

The NCHN Conference in New Orleans has come and gone. It's a memory now, but it was full of learning opportunities and fun. You can view photos from the Conference and Awards luncheon on NCHN's Facebook page.


Leadership Corner

May Day! May Day!
Along with spring truly landing in Wisconsin, crying “May Day” (asking for help) is not as easy as it sounds for many managers. Common reasons we don’t delegate:

Carolyn Bruce
Ron Wheeler not only won the prize for most beads earned in New Orleans, but he and wife, Ruth Anne, were recognized as the 2013 Friend of the Association

2013 NCHN Award Winners Recognized

NCHN announced the Annual Award recipients during the 5th Annual National Cooperative of Health Networks Awards Luncheon held on Wednesday, April 17th, in New Orleans, Louisiana. 2013 Award Winners are:

  • New and Emerging Network Leader of the Year: Cassalynn David, Santa Cruz County Adolescent Wellness Network (AZ)
  • Outstanding Network Leader of the Year: Carolyn Witherspoon, Coalition of Health Services (TX)
  • Outstanding Health Network of the Year: Southwest Idaho Community Health Network, accepted by Steve Stoddard (ID)
  • Friend of the Association: Ron and Ruth Anne Wheeler (KY)


Monthly Column: Wellness Tips from Jay Seifert

Note that if you missed Jay’s presentation at the conference, here are two video clips, one from the opening, the other from the conclusion:

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. If those two sentences seem familiar, it’s because they were the first two sentences in last month’s article on Leadership and Organizational Health. Why repeat them? Because these are the premises upon which all of the articles in this series are based and I am sincerely interested in knowing if you agree or disagree. If you disagree, then I would love to have a conversation with you. You might be right and, if you are, I’ll learn a lot. If you agree, I’d like to know that as well because that will lead to the next questions, which are:


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

NCHN Calendar

Executive Committee Call
May 21, 2013 @ 11:00 AM

Quarterly Informational Call
June 10, 2013 @ 2:00 PM ET

Board of Directors Call
June 11, 2013 @ 11:00 AM













2013 - 2014 NCHN Network Members

Thanks to the following Networks that have completed their assessment and will continue their membership in 2013 - 2014:

  • Aegis Health Network
  • Arizona Rural Womens Health Network
  • Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network
  • Louisiana Rural Ambulance Alliance
  • Montana Health Network
  • North Idaho Rural Health Consortium
  • Northeast Missouri Rural Health Network
  • Northeast Oregon Network
  • Northern Lakes Health Consortium
  • Oregon Rural Health Quality Network
  • Partners in Health Network Inc.
  • Pioneer Health Network, Inc.
  • Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative
  • Santa Cruz County Adolescent Wellness Network
  • Sunflower Health Network
  • Synernet Inc.
  • The Hospital Cooperative
  • Thumb Rural Health Network
  • Upper Midlands Rural Health Network

If you have not yet renewed your membership for 2013 - 2014, you can renew online

2013 - 2014 NCHN Board of Directors and Officers Elected

The NCHN Board of Directors were elected during the annual membership meeting held in New Orleans on April 17, 2013. You can view the list of Officers and Directors, along with their contact information here.

2013 NCHN Board of Directors
Above: 2013 - 2014 Board of Directors at the 2013 NCHN Conference in New Orleans (left to right): Toniann Richard (Treasurer), Dave Johnson, Darcy Czarnik-Laurin (Secretary), Deena Dodd, Stacie Pace, Steve Stoddard, Heather Fuller (Immediate Past President), Chris Hopkins (President), Rebecca Davis (Executive Director) Not pictured: Jon Smith, Vice President

Looking for some Great Committee Members

As you know, NCHN is a membership organization and members play an important and active role in the governance and management of the Association. At the beginning of each year, which runs May – April, the committees are reorganized. Members are invited to volunteer to serve on the committee that meets both their professional development needs as a network leader and that they have a sincere interest in assisting NCHN meet its goals and objectives for the year. The other opportunity for members that serve on committees is that it qualifies them to seek election as a Director of NCHN. Candidates for Directors must have experience as a committee member. The NCHN Board of Directors discussed committee structure at their Annual Board Retreat in New Orleans and made some changes. This year each committee will determine at least one specific goal for the year that must be a deliverable to the membership. So, please review the various committees and their overall description and let Rebecca know which one you would like to serve on for 2013-2014.

Each Committee will determine its own meeting schedule for the year during the organizational call; however, member should be willing to donate an average of an hour and half per month for committee calls and committee work. The 2014 Annual Conference Committee members should plan for two calls per month for most months between June and March. If you have any questions, please let Rebecca know.

NCHN Leadership Learning Program - Year 2 Comes to a Close

The two NCHN Leadership Learning Communities, including the 2011 Transformer Community and the 2012 BULLS Community, came together early Friday morning while in New Orleans for their final session of the year. Dr. Mary Kay Chess led the communities through an informative and thought provoking session on “Leaning into your Leadership Learning Edge – Network Leaders as Entrepreneurs.”

2013 NCHN leadership communities: final meeting in April 2013
Above: Final Leadership Learning Communities Meeting at the 2013 NCHN Conference in New Orleans
(Standing, left to right): Mary Kay Chess, Ph.D., Kimberly Zill, Casslyn David, Kim Buckman, Chris Hopkins, Glenna Daniels-Young, Cindy Siler, Deena Dodd; (Sitting, left to right): Stacie Pace, Darcy Czarnik-Laurin, Kap Wilkes

Network leaders in the two communities spent the last seven months examining leadership models and tools.  Members of the two communities came together to take practical action on the following:

  • What are leadership models that reflect my unique strengths and preferences?
  •  What are leadership models that encourage me to "stretch" and grow my capacity as a facilitator?
  •  How do others view my leadership strengths? 
  • What are my learning opportunities for the next six months and what specific choices will I make to continue to lead in unique communities?

Members of the communities discussed "best leadership practices" and focused and intentional growth and reflection on what is required to lead in complex and adaptive situations.  The next Leadership Learning Community will be developed from participants at the NCHN Leadership Summit to be held October 1-2 in Austin, TX.

Member News

RWHC: "Advocating for Collaborative Rural Health: One Perspective, 35 Years in the Making" from Tim Size

HCC of Rural Missouri: HCC of Rural Missouri to Assume Ownership of Concordia and Waverly Clinics June 1

Partner News

MedAssets: April/May 2013 Client Newsletter


Funding Announcements

CIGNA Foundation Grants
The CIGNA Foundation provides funding for programs that enhance the health of individuals and families and the well-being of communities. (ongoing acceptance)

Part C Capacity Development Program
Funding to assist eligible entities to strengthen their organizational infrastructure and to increase their capacity to develop, enhance, or expand access to high quality HIV primary health care services for people in underserved or rural communities. (Due May 30, 2013)

National Headlines

Rural America, Urban America, or E Pluribus Unum? » READ
NRHA announces 2013 Rural Health Award recipients » READ
Obama Budget Would Replace SGR Formula, Boost Medicaid, Mental Health » READ
The House Has a New Rural Telecom Working Group » READ
Utilization and Outcomes of Inpatient Surgical Care at Critical Access Hospitals in the United States » READ
Don’t Leave Rural America Behind » READ
What Tax-Exempt Hospitals Owe Their Communities » READ
Rural Job Market Turns Inside Out » READ
Kansas group tries to reverse exodus of young from rural America » READ
Obama Administration Simplifies, Significantly Shortens Application for Health Insurance » READ
A New Approach to Recruitment and Retention » READ
USDA Announces New Rules to Fund Broadband Service in Unserved Rural Communities » READ
Luring Doctors And Lawyers To Rural America » READ
In-Hospital Mortality No Different at Critical Access Hospitals » READ
2014 predicted to mark faster decline in primary care access » READ
Resource: Quick-Stats Project » READ


Upcoming Events

States Prepare for the Newly Insured: A Conversation about Mental Health and Substance Abuse Needs
May 13, 2013 | 12:-0 - 1:30 PM ET
(National Academy for State Health Policy)

Take Action: Assess Needs and Resources
May 14, 2013 | 2:00 - 3:00 PM CDT
(County Health Rankings & Roadmaps)

Creative Approaches to Serving Patients, Saving Resources and Stretching Dollars
May 16, 2013 @ 2:00 PM ET
(Telehealth Resource Centers)

What does it take to run a successful telemedicine program
May 21, 2013 @ 2:00 PM ET
(Telehealth Resource Centers)

Opportunities and Obstacles in Rural Telehealth Webinar
May 22, 2013 @ 2:00 PM ET
(National Conference of State Legislature)


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