NCHN e-News: November 17, 2015


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National Rural Health Day - Thursday, November 19, 2015
Our very own Board President, Steve Stoddard and Executive Director, Rebecca Davis will present a webinar as part of National Rural Health Day.  The title of their presentation is "Partners Best Practices: Advocacy, Networking, and Workforce" and takes place from 2:15 PM - 3:15 PM ET.  
Click here to register

Our condolences go out to the family and friends of Larry Cantarano.  Larry was with one of NCHN's original Business partners back in 1995.  Most recently he became NCHN's contact with ETMS in 2012.  He participated in our annual conferences in Denver in 2012, in New Orleans in 2013, and St. Louis in 2014.  Larry's obituary is below.

Lawrence F. Cantarano, 62, passed away peacefully with his wife by his side at his home on November 13, 2015 in Kissimmee, Florida after a long illness. He was preceded in death by his parents, Faustino and Catherine Cantarano. He is survived by his wife Judith; daughter Dana (John) Berry and grandsons Connor and Lawson; daughter Lisa (Ryan) Parker and grandson Caden; brother Craig (Ellen) Cantarano and several nieces and nephews. Born in Bridgeport, CT and raised in Stratford, CT, Larry moved to Oxford , CT in 1984 after building his first home. There, he served as a volunteer firefighter for the Oxford Fire Dept. and as an EMT for the Ambulance Crew. Volleyball, bowling, softball, flag football, fishing and hunting occupied his time along with raising his daughters. He moved to Colorado in 1992 and resided in Littleton and Parker. He served in the US Air Force during the Vietnam era and was so proud to be a veteran. He enjoyed a lifelong career in medical sales with Park City Hospital; US Counselling Services, The Remi Group; Intellamed and EMTS. He retired from EMTS as Vice President, Strategic Sourcing, CRMP in 2015 and moved to Central Florida. Larry was a friend to all he met and will be sorely missed. He was proud to say he visited every state during his career and loved to travel with his wife. His greatest joy was his grandsons. Services to be announced by the family at a future date. For the full obituary please visit Condolences can be sent to: The Parker Funeral Home c/o Judy Cantarano 10325 Parkglenn Way Parker, CO 80138 The family is grateful for the wonderful care provided by Hospice. Donations can be made in Larry Cantarano’s name to: Cornerstone Hospice Foundation 2445 Lane Park Road Tavares, FL 32778 Or online at:

Executive Roundtable

Executive Roundtable Call:   Effective Communication

Tuesday, November 24 @ 2:00 PM ET; 1:00 PM CT; 12:00 PM MT; 11:00 AM PT; 10:00 AM AKST 

The NCHN ER (Executive Roundtable) calls are your opportunity to connect with your peers across the country. The calls are facilitated by Mary Kay Chess, Ph.D., and provides an hour each month for you to explore opportunities and challenges of managing a successful health network.  

Please join us for the November NCHN Executive Roundtable (ER) call to discuss approaches to effective communication. We know that connections with key stakeholders are critical and now, there are endless ways to do so. There are no right or wrong answers, only ongoing and unique experiments all over the country. During this call, we are asking each participant to come prepared with 1-2 experiments you have engaged in with your constituents. It may be a kick-starter campaign to launch a new product line. It might be a collective impact community-wide focus group to talk about preventive care. And, some of you may have a monthly webinar for specialized peer groups that is wildly successful. Bring your successes and flat out failures on connectivity
NCHN Quarterly Informational Call - December 21, 2015  2:00 PM EST
Topic to be determined. If you have a suggestion, please email Rebecca at

Upcoming Events

  • 2016 Conference Planning Committee Call: November 17, 2015 @ 11:00 AM ET
  • Board of Directors Call:  November 17, 2015 @ 4:00 PM ET
  • National Rural Health Day: November 19, 2015
  • 2016 Conference Planning Committee Call: December 1, 2015 @ 11:00 AM ET
  • 2016 Conference Planning Committee Call: December 15, 2015 @ 11:00 AM ET
  • Executive Committee Call: December 15, 2015 @ 4:00 PM ET
  • Quarterly Information Call:  December 21, 2015 @ 2:00 PM ET

Member News

We are happy to announce two new networks to our NCHN membership.  Please help us welcome Northern Minnesota Network and South Cumberland Health Network!

Northern Minnesota Network - Duluth, MN
Northern Minnesota Network's mission is to support its members by developing and sustaining systems that foster clinical excellence and healthy communities.
Historically, their purpose was to provide health information technology (HIT) systems, resources and support to safety net providers in rural areas in support of the community health care system. While HIT remains the foundation of the network, members are leveraging their strong history of collaboration to collectively address the myriad of changes/challenges they face including population health management, quality improvement, workforce shortages, and new deliveries of care.
Executive Director: Sally Trnka

South Cumberland Health Network - Tracy City, TN
South Cumberland Health Network's mission is to improve the health and quality of life for the people of the region.The Network is committed to:
• Involving community voices in assessing, planning and informing about services related to health and wellness
• Establishing collaboration between local, state and national health resources
• Enhancing coordination of services thereby increasing access to health care
• Strengthening the impact of the Network

Director: Katie Goforth

Funding News & Announcements

GrantStation is pleased to announce the release of the Fall 2015 State of Grantseekingâ„¢ ReportThis report looks at sources of grant funding in several ways: any funder, the largest source of total funding, and the funder of the largest individual award. In addition, the median value of the largest individual award, in total and by various subcategories, is provided as a benchmark figure throughout the report. We hope that the information and benchmarks in the report will assist you in your good work.

Health Resources and Services Administration
  • This announcement solicits applications for a two-year FY 2016 Nurse Education, Practice, Quality, and Retention-Interprofessional Collaborative Practice:  Behavioral Health Integration (NEPQR-IPCP:BHI) program to integrate interprofessional and collaborative models of behavioral health services into routine nurse-led primary care delivered in vulnerable and/or underserved/rural populations. Applications are due January 22, 2016.  For information please click here.
  • This announcement solicits applications for the Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) Innovation and Improvement Center (EIIC).  The purpose of the EMSC program is to support the expansion and improvement of emergency medical services for children who need treatment for trauma or critical care.  Applications are due January 20, 2016.  For information please click here.

The Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) is currently accepting applications for the Rural Health Network Development Planning Program.  This funding opportunity will help small rural health care providers and health care service organizations align resources and strategies to address challenges more effectively as a group. Previously funded projects supported workforce retention and recruitment, behavioral health, telehealth, care coordination and health information technology.  Recognizing that 57 rural hospitals have closed since 2010, for the first time, communities with emergency medical services and a hospital that has closed or is at risk of closing are encouraged to apply.  The deadline to apply is Friday, January 8th, 2016.  To answer questions and assist applicants, FORHP will hold a technical assistance webinar on Wednesday, December 2nd at 2:00 pm ET.  Enter as a guest at;  conference line (for audio): 800-593-0693, passcode: 2922383.  For more information, contact Amber Berrian at
Training Opportunities

Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP)
Join FORHP on Tuesday, November 17th at 1:00 pm ET for a Virtual Resource Fair.  The event will showcase resources, tools and services to assist with the implementation and sustainability of rural health projects.  Participants will learn more about online resources for workforce recruitment, community needs assessment, building capacity, leadership development and more.  To join, enter as a guest at PowerPoint slides will be available 15 before the start.  Conference call #: 888-324-6857 // Participant passcode: 6970981 (You must dial into the conference line to hear the audio.)

National Council for Behavioral Health
On December 3, 2015 at 1:00 PM ET the National Council will present a webinar titled "DIGITAL SELF-CARE: USING TECHNOLOGY TO IMPROVE OUTCOMES AND ENGAGEMENT".  Scheduled speakers are: Laura Galbreath, Director, SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions at the National Council for Behavioral Health; Abigail Hirsch, Chief Clinical Officer, myStrength; Sandra Dixon, Director of Addiction Services, DCCCA, KS


As the nationwide shortage of psychiatrists grows, many behavioral health providers are asked to do more with fewer resources. But what if you already feel stretched too thin?  myStrength, a leading provider of digital health solutions, offers an interactive mobile and web-based platform that helps patients manage their depression, anxiety or substance use problems, and allows behavioral health providers to extend their care to meet the increasing demand for treatment. Learn more from a fellow provider about the benefits of digital self-care technologies.

 Federal Office of Rural Health Policy
The Federal Office of Rural Health Policy is hosting speakers from the U.S. Veterans Health Administration (VHA), Office of Rural Health for a Veterans Choice Program Webinar on Monday, November 30, 2015 from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm EST. Staff from the VHA will discuss recent legislation passed by congress that allows the Department of Veterans Affairs to make improvements to the program to make it easier for community providers to participate and expand eligibility to all enrolled veterans.

This is a great opportunity for rural healthcare providers and stakeholders (e.g. Rural Health Clinics, Critical Access Hospitals, Federally Qualified Health Centers, State Offices of Rural Health, etc.), to learn more about the program, ask questions if you are already a Choice Program provider, and discuss concerns that you have with serving Veterans through this important program. More information on the webinar including materials can be found at . Details have also been provided below.

Date: Monday, November 30, 2015                   Time: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm EST                    
Call-In: 1-800-988-9486     Participant passcode: 4480049 

Webinar Link:

Health and Human Services
An HHS webinar "Affordable Care Act 101 for Individuals and Families" will be held on December 8 at 1:00 pm ET (Noon CT, 11:00 am MT, 10:00 am PT)

This presentation will discuss what is the Affordable Care Act and the Health Insurance Marketplace, how to enroll in the Marketplace, key websites and resources on the law. How to re-enroll in the Marketplace will also be discussed. Open enrollment in the Marketplace began on November 1, 2015 with coverage beginning as early as January 1, 2016. Open enrollment ends on January 31, 2016. Questions will be answered at the end of the webinar.

National Rural Health Resource Center
A GUIDE, TOOLKIT AND WEBINARS FOR CRITICAL ACCESS HOSPITALS AND RURAL HEALTH CENTERS (Offered by Capital Link through funding made available via the National Rural Health Resource Center in cooperation with the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy to provide technical assistance to rural hospitals and rural safety net providers)

Even with good, efficient planning, the capital development process for critical access hospitals (CAHs) and rural health clinics (RHCs) can take more than two years from initial project concept to completion. The length and complexity of the process speaks to the importance of preplanning to develop a clear, well thought out concept. In April 2015, the National Rural Health Resource Center distributed an online capital needs assessment to all 50 State Offices of Rural Health and 45 Rural Hospital Medicare Flexibility Programs with the request to forward the assessment to RHCs and CAHs in their states. Responses were received from eight-six (86) CAHs, twenty-nine (29) RHCs and one hundred twenty (120) respondents that are both CAHs and RHCs. Seventy-three percent of CAH respondents identified near-term projects were planned, compared to only 18 percent of RHCs. The number of projects per facility ranged from one to five or more. The most frequent capital expenditures are for improving existing sites and/or investing in fixtures and equipment purchases. However, 41 percent of CAHs and all of the RHC respondents indicated they have plans for either expanding current sites or replacing current sites. Of the many challenges faced by respondents it is not surprising that the most difficult is the availability of equity and/or cash reserves, as indicated by 56% of respondents. However, there were a number of other difficulties that were rated highly as well: grant funding, fundraising, staff time, and cash fluctuations were common to over 40% of respondents. In response to the challenges, Capital Link has developed a guide, toolkit and webinars to evaluate organizational readiness to begin the capital project development process, with the goal of helping rural organizations avoid the pitfalls that insufficiently planned projects can encounter. The Guide and Toolkit will be released November 16, 2015 prior to the webinars. The webinars are free and open to 100 lines with prior registration for live participation. Each one will be recorded and posted on The Center’s website ( following the series.
Strategic Capital Planning and Capital Budgeting â€“ 11/17/15 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time
Terry Glasscock, Capital Link Senior Project Consultant, and Rick Breuer, CEO, Community Memorial Hospital
We are managing in the greatest time of change for health care delivery ever experienced. Strategic management is essential if we are to survive let alone thrive the changes that lie ahead. â€œYou can’t manage what you don’t know” is an old adage that has never been more true. Learning to anticipate possible changes; assessing their implication and impact on your organization and your capital structure; and developing an action plan to minimize the negative impacts and maximize the potential opportunities is what strategic capital planning is about. We will also hear from a critical access hospital CEO who will discuss the importance of capital budgeting and provide some “how to” tips in creating organizational capital budgets.
Operational Considerations for Facility Planning and Capital Project Management – 11/24/15 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time
Rebecca Polan, Capital Link Project Consultant, and Rick Breuer, CEO, Community Memorial Hospital
Capital projects cannot be done by a single person and will always be a team endeavor. The most successful projects are those that have the right partners in place that follow a sound planning process that takes into account the needs of all stakeholders, including staff. This webinar will discuss how to select the right project planning team and walk through the project planning steps, from initial organizational assessment all the way to the program and facility plan. A critical access hospital CEO will talk about project implementation, discussing capital project management.
Laying the Groundwork for a Capital Campaign – 12/1/15 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time
Rebecca Polan, Capital Link Project Consultant
These days most health care-focused capital projects are accomplished with a multitude of financing sources, including gifts and donations from the community through a capital campaign. The most successful capital campaigns are only initiated after months, if not years, of cultivating connections and relationships in the community. This session will discuss the importance and key tips for community activation, stakeholder outreach, and creating a capital campaign case statement. Also covered will be how to track and share impact of your capital project to tell the most compelling story.
Business Planning and Financial Projections for Capital Projects – 12/3/15 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time
Dan Woodman, Capital Link Project Consultant
This final webinar in the series will walk through the key components of building a business plan and financial projections for a capital project. We will also discuss the importance of preparing financial projections, not only for external audiences like lenders and funders, but also for the purposes of assuring the feasibility of the capital project, particularly where debt is included as a funding source. Key rural health capital funding resources will be highlighted as well.

Take Advantage of Your NCHN Membership!

Would you like additional review and editing assistance before submitting your next federal proposal? Through your NCHN membership, you have access to discounted rates on professional grant review services. To learn more, click here.

Pathfinder - is a new, free, interactive website, offered by where users have access to an extensive list of resources of professional development opportunities. This website is designed to help you develop your career path as a grants professional. Our library provides profiles on top quality resources in the area of grant research, writing, and management, as well as strategic planning.  Please visit us by clicking the pathfinder link above.

Your NCHN membership provides a significant subscription discount to Contact Linda with questions or to place an order.

We are happy to once again offer the benefits of the HCAHPS Breakthrough Webinar Seriesâ„¢  Take advantage of this dynamic leadership education series, beginning November 17, 2015. Each webinar is focused on one HCAHPS domain and is crafted to provide participants with a step by step actionable blueprint to sustainably improve their patient experience scores. Recordings are available for viewing for one year from the date of the webinar. To order please contact Linda.
Here’s how the HCAHPS Breakthroughâ„¢ – Webinar Series works: 
  •  The content has been designed to provide an engaging, educational, how-to roadmap that will captivate the imagination of attendees to successfully drive positive      behavioral change at every level.
  •  Each webinar includes a downloadable Learning Guide that features priority best practice tools, LEAN friendly SOP checklists, and critical implementation skills.
  •  As a value-added bonus, every hospital team will receive a complimentary one hour customized Coaching Call with authors Brian Lee, CSP.
  •  Participants who miss any of the scheduled webinar series, or wish to revisit or share the content with other employees, can access the HCAHPS Breakthroughâ„¢  Library for three months following the final webinar.
  •  A mid-year National Symposium on HCAHPS Sustainability, will take place on February 8-10, 2016, at the Annual HealthCare Service Excellence Conference, at the Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort in Phoenix, AZ. (A conference within a conference.)

Member to Member Business Partner 
NCHN Member to Member Business Partner Program 
NCHN members interested in marketing products and/or services they have developed may apply for participation in the NCHN Member to Member Business Partner Program (MMBPP). Participation is available to any dues paying NCHN member desiring to share their products or services with other NCHN members. Qualifications to participate in the MMBPP:
•    Must be a NCHN voting member in good standing
•    Must have products or services available from the network for NCHN
     members to evaluate and purchase
•    Application must be approved by NCHN Board of Directors 
To download the application please click 
apply here.
For questions please contact Rebecca 

National News

National Institutes of Health
Brief Training Increases Pediatricians’ Use of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Interventions- Two to three brief training sessions can significantly increase pediatricians’ use of techniques for identifying and treating young people with potential alcohol, substance use, and mental health problems, according to a new study in a large pediatric primary care clinic.
Full article.

National Prematurity Awareness Month
November is National Prematurity Awareness Month. Premature (also known as preterm) birth refers to when a baby is born too early, before 37 weeks of pregnancy. Important growth and development occur throughout pregnancy—especially in the final months and weeks. Premature birth is a concern because babies born too soon miss out on this valuable time to grow and develop. Learn more about premature birth, risk factors, and what you can do at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC).

National Homeless Youth Awareness Month
November is National Homeless Youth Awareness Month. In support of National Homeless Youth Awareness Month, the
National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) is providing resources to help communities, families, educators, mental health and child welfare professionals, and policy makers and advocates better understand and deal with homeless youth.

National Rural Health Day
Check out this full day of live webcasts.  Titles, information and registration information can be found

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