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  • National Rural Health Day falls on November 15th, but NOSORH is celebrating with an entire week of webinars abour rural health. You can register here and find all NRHD webinars here (pdf).
  • The December 10th  Quarterly Membership Call has been rescheduled to Monday, December 3rd at 2:00 PM ET.  Details for the call will be posted next week. 


November Coffee/Tea Chat
Wednesday, November 14 at 12:00 PM ET; 11:00 AM CT; 10:00 AM MT; 9:00 AM PT
On Wednesday, November 14th, join your colleagues for a conversation around "change".  At our last Coffee and Tea chat, a number of your colleagues briefly mentioned a wide range of changes they are encountering:  leadership, financial, mergers, interest or levels of engagement and "focus".  Grab your coffee or tea and plan to join our inquiry around, "change":  the good, the bad and the ugly. We all live and work in such complex situations.  One of the questions facing us is around thriving in the midst of expected and unexpected changes.  We'll see you on Wednesday!  (Details to call in for the Coffee/Tea Chat will be posted on the NCHN On-Line Forum and distributed through a save the date.) 

Program Development Committee Call
Tuesday, Nov. 13 @ 1:00 PM ET

2013 Conference Planning Committee Call
Tuesday, Nov. 13 @ 2:00 PM ET

2012 NCHN Leadership Learning Community Call
Wednesday, Nov. 14 @ 10:00 AM ET

RHNR Consulting Task Force Call
Wednesday, Nov. 14 @ 11:00 AM ET

Coffee/Tea Chat with Mary Kay Chess
Wednesday, Nov. 14 @ 12:00 PM ET



A Farewell from Tara Cramer, East Georgia Health Cooperative
Last week, Tara emailed NCHN announcing her resignation as NCHN Board Member and Secretary. EGHC will continue to be a member of NCHN, with Christy Shurling becoming EGHC's NCHN contact. Tara will be moving into a full-time position helping to build and lead a health information exchange. We wish Tara the best of luck! You can read her parting message below.

NCHN has played a HUGE role in my life as a network director.  Within just a few months of taking a job with the East Georgia Health Cooperative, I was headed to Louisville for an NCHN meeting.  The first person I met was Carolyn Witherspoon.  We commiserated in the back of the room over our aching backs.  It wasn’t long before I realized that there wasn’t a person at that conference that I couldn’t speak with like an old friend.  What a rare find!  To top it off….everyone I  met was full of knowledge and willing to offer it freely.  That is still true to this day…it should be a tag line to the organization.  The list of those that have helped me from personal phone calls to just listening to them at the conference is longer than Santa’s naughty list…..actually, it might be Santa’s naughty list. :) 

I could not have done my job without NCHN and its members.  I certainly couldn’t have grown into someone willing to take the chance to lead a start up organization.  I have the biggest appreciation for all that NCHN has given to me.  I can’t thank you enough, but thanks will have to do – and a big hug around the neck.



Northeast Missouri Rural Health Network to Celebrate National Rural Health Day
The Northeast Missouri Rural Health Network will be hosting a lunch meeting on National Rural Health Day with the recently elected and current state legislators whose districts fall within our 11-county service region.  Information will be shared on the Network, it services and top issues/needs, as well as those of our 27 member agencies.  Fact sheets have been developed for each agency, along with information from the National Rural Health Association on "What's Different About Rural Health Care" and statistics provided by the National Organization of the State Office of Rural Health. For more information, contact Glenna Daniels Young.

Snow in Montana?

Why, of course. Jack King (Northcentral Montana Healthcare Alliance) shared what's going on in his neck of the woods.


What does 2012 Election mean to Rural America? (Nov. 7, 2012, NRHA's Rural Health Voices)
Rural providers and patients continue to have much on the line – three payments for rural hospitals have already been allowed to expire by the current Congress, and threats to other rural provider payments, as well as appropriations were the norm on Capitol Hill.


Explore HHS' Mobile Apps (Nov. 8, 2012, HHS email)
HHS has aggregated its mobile applications into one resource to help citizens better access health information on the go. The Digital Strategy requires us to make digital content available where, when, and how citizens want it. Many HHS websites are creating mobile versions or using responsive design sites to accomplish this.

Obama Administration Extends Deadline For State Exchanges (Nov. 9, 2012, Kaiser Health News)
The Obama administration on Friday gave states more time to submit plans to set up state-based health insurance exchanges, a concession to the reality that many states had delayed planning until they saw who won the presidential election.

Celebrating National Rural Health Day (Nov. 9, 2012,
Those almost 60 million Americans who live in rural America do not have as much ready access to health care or to the vast number of health care providers than those who live in more urbanized America. Rural Americans are more likely to arrive on the doorstep of health care facilities without insurance, and that number is growing.

HRSA announces proposed definition for rural health frontier areas (Nov. 8, 2012,
The Health Resources and Services Administration is accepting comments through Jan. 4 on a proposed improved methodology for designating U.S. frontier areas for rural health programs and other purposes.

Speak Your Piece: Deciphering the Rural Vote (Nov. 12, 2012, The Daily Yonder)
Rural voters favored Romney in this fall's presidential election, but several Democrats picked up Senate and Congressional seats in predominantly rural states and districts.

Moving Forward with Health Care Reform (Nov. 7, 2012, The Commonwealth Fund)
The Affordable Care Act has been put to legal and political tests and is now indisputably the law of the land. It’s time to come together to ensure the law is speedily implemented, and to take the steps necessary to guarantee equitable access to high-quality care, while controlling costs.


The Road to Population Health: Key Considerations in Making the Transition (Nov. 14, 2012 | 12:00 - 1:00 PM CST, Becker's Hospital Review)

Telehealth Marketing - the Path to Patients, Profits, and PR (Nov. 15, 2012 | 2:00 PM ET, Telehealth Resource Center)

NRHD2012National Rural Health Day (Nov. 15, 2012)
NOSORH will be celebrating all week with free webinars from November 12 - 16, 2012.

  • November 12th, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. EST: The Basics of Rural Health
  • November 13th, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. EST: Cultural Awareness While Serving Rural Veterans
  • November 13th, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. EST: Exploring Rural Health Policy Issues
  • November 14th, 2:30 - 3:15 p.m. EST: HRSA Rural Health Update
  • November 15th, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. EST: HRSA's Office of Rural Health Policy and Rural Assistance Center
  • November 16th, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. EST: Looking Forward to the Future of Rural Health Care
    » Register for any of these webinars online.

Using to Benchmark and Improve Performance - Stories from the Field (Nov. 16, 2012 @ 11:00 AM ET, The Commonwealth Fund)

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