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National Cooperative of Health Networks Association, Inc.'s Newsletter
Informational Newsletter from the National Cooperative of Health Networks
November 1, 2016

There's still time to join us at 
The 2016 NCHN Leadership Summit
November 10-11, 2016   Biloxi, MS

Reserve your room at: 
                                    (enter group code S160206)

Room Rate:  $65.99 + 12%fees & tax + $10.08 resort fee.
                           Rates are available November 7th-10th.  
                           Please contact the hotel for weekend rates.

Registration:  REGISTER HERE 
Registration Rates:
NCHN Members = $250
                                        Non-Members = $350

Agenda: View agenda
Event App: After you register, watch your email for an invitation to download the 2016 NCHN Leadership Summit event app.

If you have questions or need assistance, please contact our Director of Member Services, Linda K. Weiss at or at 217-549-4121.

2016 Network Leader Salary and Benefits Survey
The deadline to complete this year's Network Leader Salary and Benefits Survey has been extended to: 
 Midnight, this Wednesday November 2nd!
  If you are a current NCHN network member and have not received an email from Rebecca with a link to the survey , please email Linda or call her at 217-549-4121 and she will get the link to you.  The results of this survey are more useful if we have a larger number of respondents.  THANK YOU to those who complete the survey already!

Call for Presentations
NCHN is now accepting proposals for presentations at our Annual Educational Conference in Bozeman, MT, April 24-27, 2017.
We are seeking proposals on a variety of topics and in various formats to provide attendees with robust discussions, exploration of strategies, sharing of tools and examples that lead to a successful network.  To learn more about format types and topic areas please see our Call for Presentations 2017 form.

Submission deadline is November 4, 2016

If you have any questions please contact Rebecca Davis, NCHN Executive Director at or by calling 970-712-0732


Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network

2016 ICAHN Annual Conference -ICAHN hosts its annual two-day conference for hospital leaders, executives, and board members on Wednesday-Thursday, November 9-10  in Springfield, IL. The theme, "CAH: A Beacon in Your Community" centers around the importance of critical access and small and rural hospitals and their vital roles in navigating and guiding the principles of population health. Each year, senior hospital leaders, department managers, and governing board members representing our 55 member hospitals will convene at the event.

Northwest Georgia Healthcare Partnership
NGHP and Dalton/Whitfield County Family Connections were recently awarded a Bright from the Start grant for a "Recipe for Success" program. This entails using the six-week evidence-based Cooking Matters program while incorporating literacy and parent engagement. Check out their video highlighting this success!

Palmetto Care Connections

Free Diabetes Self-Management Education/Training via Telehealth
Objective: Discuss a telehealth program to educate participants in the self-management of diabetes.


Reminder- the next webinar is Thursday, November 3rd.
Topic:  Hospital Environment  (Audience :everyone)

  Executive Roundtable 

NCHN sponsors the Executive Roundtable (ER) sessions as a venue for Rural Network Leaders to meet virtually, once a month, and share topics that are top of mind in this complex healthcare environment. Our next call is scheduled for Friday, November 18, 2016  at 8 AM PT, 9 AM MT, 10 AM CT, 11 AM ET. and the topic is: 
How is trust built in Networks when members are competing collaborators?
At our October ER call, we talked about building and supporting effective communication in Networks.  And, by the end of the call, it was clear that there are many technologies supporting communication and there are many forums for communicating information such as annual meetings and focus groups.  We also know the issues faced in rural areas are complex, gnarly and often not simple to understand or address.  For inquiry to emerge, for rich discussions to be held, trust is needed.  Just how do we create forums and agreements to support trust? Join us on the November ER call as we begin the second conversation around communication in Networks:  Building and supporting trust for meaningful conversations on the challenges facing Networks.

NCHN members will be receiving invitations through Readytalk. If you do not receive one by November 14th, please contact Tara Long at

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




Illinois Telehealth Network (ITN) - This network was founded in 2014 and is comprised of 23 member organizations.  Their mission is  to promote the capacity of members to improve access to health care, in rural, underserved and disadvantaged communities, through the application of telehealth and telemedicine solutions.  Current programs include: a) emergency department (ED) Tele-Stroke b) virtual urgent care c) store and forward tele-radiology d) Home-based chronic disease telehealth remote monitoring.  Please help us welcome our newest member and Network Director, Ms. Chris Schmidt to NCHN.
Members'  "Magazines"

Membership Meetings
All Times are EST !
Conference Planning Committee
November 8th @ 11:00 AM

Board of Directors Call
November 15th @ 3:30 PM ET

ER Call
November 18th  @ 11:00 ET

Conference Planning Committee
November 22nd @ 11:00 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. In addition to engaging presentations and sharing of current challenges and successes of health networks, conference attendees repeatedly cite the major benefit of attendance is the opportunity to meet with peers and learn about the innovative work health networks are doing across the country.


Funding Finder

HRSA-17-081-Maternal and Child Environmental Health Network, HHS, HRSA -  The purpose of this program is to decrease maternal and child morbidity and mortality associated with pre-and post-natal environmental exposures. Application due Jan.20, 2017.

HRSA-17-093 -Maternal and Child Environmental Health Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network (CoIIN), HHS, HRSA -The purpose of this program is to support and improve coordinated systems of care within states to address the needs of maternal, infant, and child populations within those states that are at risk for or experience exposure to lead.

Multiagency Funding to Assist with Opioid Crisis in Rural Areas. A new federal funding opportunity was announced to help find solutions to the opioid use and overdose crisis in the nation's rural regions. It includes a focus on coal-impacted counties within Appalachia, as well as rural communities in other parts of the country. This initiative will support comprehensive, integrated approaches to prevent opioid injection and its consequences, including substance use disorder, overdose, HIV and hepatitis C virus infection, along with associated conditions, such as hepatitis B virus infection and sexually transmitted diseases. These projects will work with state and local communities to develop best practice responses to opioid injection epidemics that can be implemented by public health systems in the nation's rural communities.  Letters of Intent for both programs are due December 10, 2016 for a January 10, 2017 application deadline.

Educational Endeavors
In-Kind Contributions Programs: A Must for All Nonprofits
Did you know that 90% of the nonprofits that benefit from in-kind support do not document these contributions? And, that in-kind contributions can be used to match government and private funds, and to leverage additional funding? This GrantStation webinar, presented by Pat Bohse, will demonstrate how to secure, document, and leverage in-kind contributions.
Date: Wednesday November 2, 2016 2:00 PM Eastern Time (U.S.), 90 minutes / Fee: $69.00 per person, $149.00 per site. Register

National Nuggets

Top 5 Reasons Why the CMS Rural Summit Matters - By Alan Morgan, MPANational Rural Health Association, CEO, Washington DC

On Wednesday, October 19th, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) hosted a Rural Health Solutions Summit in their Baltimore, MD headquarters.  More than 600 rural advocates (including NRHA leadership, staff, and members) participated in this meeting.The stated purpose of the event was to bring together stakeholders from all sectors of the health care industry to discuss opportunities to improve access to care in rural America and to support local solutions and innovations in care delivery.  Additional information about the meeting itself, including videos from the event can be found HERE.

For rural advocates, here are five key reasons why this CMS Summit matters:

Top of mind.  The summit comes at a crucial time for rural healthcare, and this summit brought both the opportunity and the challenges of rural health delivery to the forefront of key CMS officials' thoughts. 
2. Collaboration and coordination.  The agenda included a very important session, with six CMS directors sharing a common stage to discuss how they collaborate to address rural provider concerns. -Collaboration within the vast CMS bureaucracy is just as important as the collaboration that occurs every day in rural communities across America.
3. Rural hospital closure crisis.  The current rural hospital closure crisis was highlighted by multiple participants throughout the day.  It is important to keep this crisis on the front burner for CMS officials as they propose policies that impact access to care.
4. Place matters.  Not just for rural, but for CMS too. This summit took place within CMS headquarters itself, which brought the rural perspective to the doorstep of policy makers (who may not always hear the unique needs of rural communities.)
5. A new beginning.  This summit signifies the national "kickoff" for the newly established CMS Rural Council.  This internal advisory body, announced during the NRHA 2016 Policy Institute, serves as the voice for rural America within CMS itself.  This is worthy of our support as we transition to a new Administration in 2017.

For these five reasons and more, this was not "just another CMS meeting," but rather it was a summit of national importance to rural America.

The Nonprofit Quarterly
The Nonprofit Workforce: By the Numbers
By Brice McKeever & Marcus Gaddy, 10//24/16
This article, from the Nonprofit Quarterly’s fall 2016 edition, “The Nonprofit Workforce: Overcoming Obstacles,” comes to us from the Urban Institute’s National Center for Charitable Statistics. Much of the information in it has been drawn from the Urban Institute’s 2016 Nonprofit Almanac.

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