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National Cooperative of Health Networks Association, Inc.'s Newsletter
Informational Newsletter from the National Cooperative of Health Networks
December 6, 2016

The offical results are in and The 2016 NCHN Leadership Summit was a success!  Here are the results of one question from the Leadership Summit survey. 
What was the most valuable lesson you learned or most valuable aspect of attending the 2016 NCHN Leadership Summit?
  • Networking and information from National update      
  • Linda's sessions.              
  • session on strategic planning was helpful, we are currently writing a grant in which many of those skills will be helpful
  • It was all valuable; networking and sharing of ideas is an invaluable part of these meetings
  • It was so great to be around other network leaders working towards the same thing.  We are an isolated bunch serving rural areas and I have no one who understand what I do and what it takes to do it- I feel like I have people who understand and are as compassionate about their work.            
  • The most valuable aspect of any NCHN conference is networking.             
  • Self care and balance!   
  • Meeting with peers and learning together is invaluable


GO DEEP! Join a Free Diabetes Education Class

These six-week classes are provided FREE through the GDAH Delta Cares program and include one, 90-minute class per week with a curriculum based on the Diabetes Education Empowerment Program (DEEP). These very hands-on and fun classes cover information about the basics of diabetes, coping with the disease, nutrition, exercise, blood sugar monitoring and much more!



Would you like assistance with the Rural Health Network Development Planning Grant that's due January 3rd? The Grant Coaching & Review service connects members with an approved grant coach at a pre-negotiated, discounted rate. The grant coach will provide critical review and editing services to NCHN members that are working to submit and win federal grants.  Use this form to make a request. If you have questions or have any trouble with the form please contact Linda at or 217-549-4121.

Reminder- the next webinar is Thursday, January 5, 2017
Topic:  Staff Responsiveness 



 Executive Roundtable 

NCHN December ER Call Topic - How will networks diversify their funding sources in 2017?
Friday, December 16 @ 11:00 AM ET; 10:00 AM CT; 9:00 AM MT; 8:00 AM PT
NCHN members are taking time as 2016 rolls to a close to consider sustainability of the network. We know that sustainability means a diverse and healthy board, energized and innovative staff, sound leadership and meaningful contributions to the rural communities we serve. All of this also requires sustainable funding. The question we will consider is this:  In this new year, how will we diversify the funding sources for our networks beyond writing and hoping for federal grants?  Join us for the final NCHN ER call in 2016 on Friday, December 16 @ 11:00 AM ET; 10:00 AM CT; 9:00 AM MT; 8:00 AM PT  NCHN members will be receiving invitations through Readytalk. If you do not receive one by December 9th, please contact Tara Long at

     Quarterly Informational Calls

NCHN hosts quarterly informational calls for their members on topics relevant to health networks.

Our next call is Monday, December 12 @ 2:00 PM ET.  

Finding Order During Chaos: The 2016 Post-Election Rural Perspective
Brock Slabach, Senior Vice-President for Member Services, NRHA will discuss the 2016 election results and the potential impact of policy changes on health networks and their members. Rural providers of health care are disproportionately dependent on government payers to sustain the services they offer. Policy changes could create chaos. Network leaders should assume a leadership role in assisting their members to create order from the chaos that will translate into action for the communities they serve.

Please plan to join us on Monday, December 12 @ 2:00 PM ET; 1:00 PM CT; 12:00 PM MT; 11:00 AM PT; 9:00 AM AKST for the discussion. 
You will receive a ReadyTalk invitation to connect to the webinar under a separate email. 
About our speaker, Brock A. Slabach, MPH, FACHE, currently serves as the Senior Vice-President of Member Services for the National Rural Health Association (NRHA), a membership organization with over 21,000 members nationwide.  Mr. Slabach has over 28 years of experience in the administration of rural hospitals. From 1987 through 2007, he was the administrator of the Field Memorial Community Hospital in Centreville, Mississippi. He earned his Bachelor of Science from Oklahoma Baptist University and his Master of Public Health in Health Administration from the University of Oklahoma.
Members'  "Magazines"

Membership Meetings
All Times are EST !
Quarterly Informational Call
December 12th @ 2:00 PM

Conference Planning Committee
December 13th @ 11:00 AM

Board Call
December 13th @ 3:30 AM


NCHN Annual        Educational Conference
April 25-27, 2017

Best Western Gran Tree Inn
Bozeman, MT
Please plan to join us for the premier educational event for health network leaders, staff and board members.Upcoming enews will include further information regarding conference agenda and hotel reservations.

Funding Finder

Advanced Nursing Education Workforce (ANEW) Program. Applications due 1/25/17

Grants Promote Improved Diabetes Care for the Underserved

Merck Foundation: Bridging the Gap: Reducing Disparities in Diabetes Care  Letters of intent due 1/24/17

Educational Endeavors

Social Media Trends to Put Into Practice in 2017
Thursday, December 8th, 2016 at 11am PT / 2pm ET

HIMSS Webinars
Clinician Impact: MACRA and the Quality Payment Program 
Dec 6, 2016 12 -1 pm CT

HIMSS Analytics Essential Knowledge Series: A Look at Trends in Health IT Security 1/10/17 1-2 pm CT

Improving Patient Safety - Two Part Webinar Series
Learn from thought-leading provider organizations how to support patient safety initiatives. Part one of the series is on December 13th will define best practices to utilize health IT in patient safety initiatives and processes to incorporate into clinical workflows. Part two will continue on January 10th  and discuss how to improve the effectiveness of information governance in relation to patient safety and related change management.

National Nuggets

Nearly $220M to Increase Rural Veterans’ Access to Health Care and Services
The 2.9 million rural Veterans who rely on the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for health care will benefit from a recent award of $219.2 million in health care programs and services by VA’s Office of Rural Health (ORH).

“Our mission is to improve the health and well-being of rural Veterans by increasing their access to care and services,” said Gina Capra, ORH Director. “To do this in a more uniform manner nationwide, we shifted our focus from local pilot programs to spread what we refer to as enterprise-wide initiatives – or proven solutions designed to bring care and services closer to home for rural Veterans.”

HIMSS17 - February 19-2, 2017 - features a robust line-up of education and special sessions, and a powerful slate of thought leaders from government, healthcare and health IT. Join us at HIMSS17 and take a deep dive into how new federal and state agendas will affect you and your organization.
HRSA’s Bureau of Health Workforce released the National Projections of Supply and Demand for Behavioral Health Practitioners: 2013-2025 Report. The report presents national workforce projections for behavioral health providers, which includes psychiatrists, psychologists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, addiction counselors, behavioral health social workers and counselors, school counselors, and marriage and family therapists. Two different methodologies were used for the analysis, both of which projected shortages of behavioral health providers in 2025.

Miscellaneous Mentions

NRHA has a new website.  Please check it out!

Is a Conflict a Conflict, Disclosed or Not? Goodwill of Omaha’s Tangled Ball of Relationships  By . This article originally ran in the 11/27/16 issue of The NonProfit Quarterly.

NCHN Member Benefits Survey Results

As mentioned in our last edition of the enews, we will be providing some results of the Member Benefits Survey.
Here is the response to the question "Would you be more likely to purchase a product or service from another NCHN member than a non-member?" Yes = 75.0%  No = 25%
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