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From the Executive Director

NCHN is off to a great start! The 2015 NCHN Leadership Summit is finishing up today in Clearwater Beach, FL (photos from Monday are here). It has been a wonderful event, full of networking, meeting new colleagues, sharing of ideas, challenges and strategies. Jordan Tenenbaum, VP, Allevant developed by Mayo Clinic & Select Medical, kicked off the Summit with a motivational discussion,6 Ideas of Brave Leadership: You are a Brave Rural Health Leader.  Jordan was certainly describing NCHN members, as we know you are a group of brave leaders. 


The 2015 Annual Rural Health Summit 

As you receive this, the NCHN Leadership Summit, Brave Leadership: Maximizing Your Network's Potential, is underway in Clearwater Beach, Florida. 

Following the Summit, attendees are invited to participate in the NCHN Leadership Learning Community (LLC). The LLC is designed to provide additional educational and networking opportunities to network leaders, to support and strengthen rural health network organizations, to provide tools and strategies to network leaders that will assist in the development of their personal leadership skills, and to develop future leaders to serve in leadership roles for NCHN.   

NCHN headquarters has moved (one more reminder)

As of January 1, 2015, the NCHN headquarters has moved to Kentucky. The new address is:

400 S. Main Street
Hardinsburg, KY 40143

Please make a note of the address change with your accounting office for future mailing of checks to NCHN.

Save the Date: 2015 Rural Health Summit

NCHN's next conference will be September 1-2, 2015, in Portland, Oregon. NCHN, 3RNet, and NOSORH will co-host the meeting. Sponsorship opportunities have opened and a prospectus can be downloaded here.  

Upcoming Events

  • HIMSS Meaningful Use Educational Program: January 29, 2015 | 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM ET (Orlando, FL)
  • Executive Roundtable (ER) for Network Leaders: February 10, 2015 @ 11:00 AM ET
  • NCHN Board of Directors Call: February 10, 2015 @ 4:00 PM ET
  • HCAHPS Webinar Series: Communication with Doctors: Skillful Physician Communicationâ„¢: March 10, 2015 @ 1:00 PM ET

Member News

RWHC Newsletter: Eye on Health, Review & Commentary on Health Policy Issues for a Rural Perspective, (February 2015)

RWHC Leadership Insights: Vision (December 2014)

Synernet: RE-SOURCE Newsletter (January 2015)

Western Healthcare Alliance: Newsletter (January 2015)

Funding News & Announcements

Innovative Approaches to Improve Community Health

The Innovative Approaches to Improve Community Health program supports promising new practices that serve vulnerable populations by advancing prevention, improving access, and integrating primary community and clinical care. The goal of this program is to increase the health of vulnerable, low-income, and minority populations by addressing social and environmental determinants of health, as well as healthcare access. (Ongoing Acceptance)

USDA Community Connect Broadband Grant Program

The Community Connect Grant Program offers grants to applicants that will provide currently unserved remote or rural areas with broadband service that fosters economic growth and delivers enhanced educational, healthcare, and public safety services. (Deadline: February 17, 2015)
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