NCHN e-News: August 18, 2015

Less than TWO WEEKS away!

 2015 Rural  Health Summit in Portland, Oregon
September 1st & 2nd

You DON'T Want to Miss It!
 Please click the link below to register 

NCHN Pre-Conference Workshop
"Leadership and Innovations in Rural Networks: Impact of the Affordable Care Act  (ACA)"

Monday, August 31st  2:30 PM - 5:30 PM
* Email Linda if you want to register for the NCHN Pre-Conference Workshop on Monday August 31st titled 'Leadership and Innovations in Rural Networks: Impact of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)" facilitated by Dr. Mary Kay Chess, Ph.D., Pinchot University, WA



Executive Roundtable


Executive Roundtable Call: Returning in October!

NCHN Leadership Learning Community Call: External Fuel

Tuesday, September 1, 2015 @ 3:15 PM ET 
Wrap Up:  The 2015 NCHN Leadership Learning Community
For:  Members of the NCHN Learning Community
By:  Mary Kay Chess, PhD, 
Pinchot University, WA, NCHN Director of Education

What You May Expect:  Members of the 2015 NCHN Leadership Learning Community will wrap up nine months of engagement and the work on the Network Innovation Canvas.  
What We Will Discuss:  We'll consider major shifts and preferences in leadership and innovation approaches and next steps in continuing this critical individual work.  
How To Prepare:  During the conversations for nine months, each of you have viewed your own leadership through the 14 lenses of the Innovation Canvas. You had insights and you shared these with other members of the NCHN LLC.  For this final face-to-face gathering of the Community, you have two pieces of pre-work for your trip to Portland:
     1.  Bring insights from our first meeting together back in Clearwater Beach, FL in January.  And - 
     2.  As you travel, consider how your approach to change, strategic thinking and your preferences in challenging conversations help create your unique leadership style.
What Is the Final Outcome:  When you exit our meeting in Portland, prepare to leave with one or two key milestones you intend to take over the next nine months.  This on-going work will be based on a review the Wheel of Balance and your Personal Vision.

We look forward to continuing the insightful conversations during this wrap-up session of the 2015 NCHN Leadership Learning Community in Portland, OR on Tuesday, September 1, 2015.  

Note: if you haven't already registered for the NCHN Conference, please do so today - click Register.

 NCHN Quarterly Informational Call - 
 Monday, September 21 @ 2:00 PM ET 
  Supporting Your Telehealth Needs: Telehealth Resource Centers   and More
  Please join Dr. Kathy Wibberly, Director, Mid-Atlantic Telehealth  Resource Center (MATRC), for a discussion about the    services and resources available through the Telehealth Resource Centers across the nation.  TRCs are federally funded to   assist with telehealth program development and sustainability in order to increase access to quality care for rural and other   underserved populations. Dr. Wibberly is also Assistant Professor of Public Health Sciences at the University of Virginia  (UVA) School of Medicine, faculty member at the Healthy Appalachia Institute and adjunct faculty member in the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). Kathy’s public service career reflects over twenty years of experience in public health, public policy, program development, program evaluation and strategic planning.  Kathy received her B.A in Psychology with minors in pre-medicine and youth services from Gordon College in Wenham, MA. She went on to receive her M.S. and Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from VCU in Richmond, VA.  For additional information about the call please contact Tara Long at for participation details. 

Upcoming Events

  • Executive Committee Call: August 18, 2015 @ 4:00 PM ET
  • Conference Planning Committee: August 27, 2015 @ 4:00 PM ET
  • Pre-Conference Workshop: August 31, 2015 @ 2.30 PM in Portland
  • Annual Conference: September 1-2, 2015 in Portland
  • Board of Directors Meeting: September 15, 2015 @ 4:00 PM ET
  • Quarterly Information Call: September 21, 2015 @ 2:00 PM

Member News

Health Care Collaborative of Rural Missouri- MO
Big shout out to HCC of Rural Missouri for recently succeeding in obtaining, not one, but TWO federal funding awards!  1.The Rural Network Allied Health Training Program. Click
here to read the press release.  2. Affordable Care Act funding to community health centers. To read that press release please click here.

Union County Network -  NM
Congratulations to Union County Network for being one of the recipients of this year's Rural Network Allied Health Training Program.  You can read the press release

Louisiana Rural Ambulance Alliance, Inc - LA
Let's give a round of applause to Louisiana Rural Ambulance Alliance for also being named a recipient of the Rural Network Allied Training Program!

Wright Health Partners - IA
Congratulations also go out to Wright Health Partners, another NCHN member receiving the Rural Network Allied Training Program funding!

Northeast Oregon Network - OR
Kudos to  the Northeast Oregon Network for their success in obtaining federal funding from the Rural Outreach Benefits Counseling Program.  Information on this award can be read here.

Associate Member News

Kentucky State Office Of Rural Health - KY
Kentucky’s Rural Hospital Flexibility Program endeavors to stabilize the smallest and most vulnerable rural hospitals, and to improve access to hospital-based care for rural populations. The grant program allows small hospitals the flexibility to reconfigure operations and be licensed as Critical Access Hospitals in order to receive cost (+1%) based reimbursement.

Funding News & Announcements

Health Resources and Services Administration 
  • HRSA Awards $2.7 Million to Improve Rural Health  HRSA Press Release 
  • Health Center Program’s Service Area Competition Grant Opportunity - The Health Center Program supports patient-directed public and private nonprofit organizations that provide primary and preventive health care services to the Nation’s medically underserved.  The application deadline is September 28, 2015.  For the full announcement click here.
Health and Human Services
HHS announces more than $38 million awarded to improve coordinated health information sharing in communities across America.  Here is the
press release.
Training Opportunities

National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health
Beyond the Basics Grant Writing Institute- The next NOSORH Grant Writing Institute Beyond the Basics series will begin on October 1st. Four short grants management sessions will be offered the first four Thursdays in October as part of the Grant Writing Institute's advanced course Beyond the Basics. For more information please click here.

National Rural Health Association
Reimbursement 101 for Rural Health Care - This webinar, sponsored by Eide Bailly will be held on Aug. 25, 2015 at 2:00 PM Eastern time. Click
here for more information.

Take Advantage of Your NCHN Membership!

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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 
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National News

Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology
ONC is seeking applications for the Health IT Policy Committee (HITPC) and Health IT Standards Committee (HITPC). If you are interested in becoming a member of the either committee, you can submit an application using ONC's application database through Friday, September 11.

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