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National Cooperative of Health Networks Association, Inc.'s Newsletter
Informational Newsletter from the National Cooperative of Health Networks
November 15, 2016

#Power of Rural
On this National Rural Health Day, join a special line-up of free, web-based learning sessions. Connect with experts and rural health stakeholders across the U.S. on the issues that matter to 62 million people.  Click the links below to register.

Click here to learn more about National Rural Health Day

 Click here to learn more about rural healthcare in America.


Thank you to all who attended and/or presented at this year's Leadership Summit last week in Biloxi, MS! We appreciate you making time in your overcrowded schedule to help make the Summit a success for all.
A survey link has been emailed to all participants.  If you have not received it, please contact Linda at 

All presentations have been uploaded to the app for you to view and use.  Contact Linda if you have any questions or trouble with the app.




Prince of Wales Health Network - AK published a video on its website providing an overview of network objectives.  To view please click the logo above then click on the video in the upper right corner.

Palmetto Care Connections - SC was recognized as the 2016 Rural Health Program of Excellence having received the 2016 Rural Healthcare Program of the Year award at the South Carolina 20th Annual Rural Health Conference in October. 
Congratulations to all involved!!!!


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, December 1st.
Topic:  Communication with Nurses  (Audience :nurses)


 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:
November 18 @ 11:00 AM ET; 10: 00 AM CT; 9:00 AM MT’ 8:00 AM PT.
Topic: Communication in Networks:  Building and supporting trust for meaningful conversations on the challenges facing Networks
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

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, NRHA will continue the discussion started at the 2016 Leadership Summit in regarding how network leaders can create order out of the chaos of the 2016 election for their members. The outcome of the election will shape rural health policy for years to come. Brock will lead participants on the call through an exploration the potential impact of those policies on their network members that are providers of care.  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 their patients. NCHN members will receive an invitation for the call by the end of November.
Brock A. Slabach, MPH, FACHE
Brock Slabach 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.

GrantStation offers nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, and government agencies the opportunity to identify potential funding sources for their programs or projects as well as resources to mentor these organizations through the grantseeking process. GrantStation provides access to a searchable database of private grantmakers that accept inquiries and proposals from a variety of organizations; federal deadlines, which are updated daily; links to state agency grant announcements; and a growing database of international grantmakers. Membership to GrantStation provides complete access to the Search, Write, Learn, and Read areas of the GrantStation website.

Ordering through NCHN you can save significantly for your network and your members.  Read more here or contact Linda.
NCHN Member Benefits Survey Results

Thank you to all of those who completed our Member's Benefits Survey.  We will regularly be posting some of the results right here in our enews.  

Let's start with the question:
"What is the primary reason your network is a member of NCHN?"
3% - Discounts on products and services for your members       
10% - Educational Programming       
13% -Relevant news and updates about health networks
73% -Networking opportunities with your peers     
Members'  "Magazines"

Membership Meetings
All Times are EST !
ER Call
November 18th  @ 11:00 AM

Conference Planning Committee
November 22nd @ 11:00 AM

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. 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

Rural Health Network Development Planning Program Funding
The Federal Office of Rural Health Policy is pleased to announce the release of the FY 2017 Rural Health Network Development Planning Program funding opportunity announcement. This grant opportunity supports the development of an integrated health care network and aims to assist rural health care providers and health care service organizations better align resources and strategies. This program will bring together key parts of a rural health care delivery system, particularly those entities that may not have collaborated in the past under a formal relationship, to establish and improve local capacity and coordination of care. The program will support one year of planning with the primary goal of helping networks create a foundation for their infrastructure and effectively focus member efforts to address important regional or local community health needs. The Rural Health Network Development Planning Program will provide approximately $2.4 million in federal funding to rural communities across the United States, awarding up to 24 programs for this funding cycle. Funded programs support the following statutory charges: achieve efficiencies; expand access to, coordinate, and improve the quality of essential health care services; and strengthen the rural health care system as a whole. Programs under previous funding opportunities have focused on a variety of health care needs including behavioral health, care coordination, infrastructure, health information technology, and health education. Applicants can request up to $100,000 for the program year.
Applications must be submitted electronically through by January 3, 2017. Further information regarding this announcement (HRSA-17-016) and application materials can be found here. FORHP will host a live technical assistance webinar on Tuesday, December 13, 2017 from 2:00PM -3:00PM EST to assist applicants in application preparation. The webinar can be accessed using this link and call-in information: and 877-918-1352, passcode  1557034. The audio recording of the webinar will be available after the webinar until January 13, 2017. The recording can be accessed using the following call-in information: 866-443-4138, passcode  1557034.

Support for Oral Healthcare Initiatives for Children
Foundation of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry: Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children 
Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children Grants support dentist-led, community-based initiatives throughout the country that provide dental care and ultimately serve as a Dental Home to underserved children. Special consideration will be given to initiatives that support the age-one dental visit, provide care to special needs patients, and address the needs of specific underserved demographic groups. Single-year grants of up to $20,000 are provided. Online proposals must be submitted by Dec. 15, 2016.

Funds for the Purchase of CT Scanners in 7 States
Helmsley Charitable Trust Rural Healthcare Program: CT Scanner Initiative 
The Helmsley Charitable Trust's Rural Healthcare Program has launched the CT Scanner Initiative, a funding opportunity for hospitals in Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming. This Initiative will provide up to 20 two-year grants of up to $400,000 to assist hospitals to acquire or replace their CT scanners. Hospitals that currently have either no CT scanner or a CT scanner that is 16 slices or lower may apply.  Eligible applicants must be a 501(c)(3) or other tax-exempt (e.g. city or county owned) hospital. Letters of inquiry are due December 9, 2016; full proposals must be submitted by January 27, 2017. 

Educational Endeavors
Grants: How to Get Them and What to Do NextWhen money is tight or when experiencing a budget gap, or when launching a new program area or expanding an organization's audience base, we often think "Why not get a grant?" This webinar, presented by Judi Margolin, explores the ins and outs of grantseeking, providing some very specific advice about how to be successful at securing outside funding from both foundations and corporations. The presentation will be held Thursday, December 8, 2016. Visit the link above to register. Thursday December 8, 2016 2:00 PM Eastern Time (U.S.), 90 minutes. Fee: $69.00 per person, $149.00 per site.

HIMSS - Join us Tuesday, November 15th from 1-2 CT for a discussion with experts on federal and state healthcare policy as they examine election results at the Presidential, Congressional, and state levels, and possible impacts on healthcare and health IT. Attendee questions are encouraged. Participants will also discuss potential actions HIMSS and its members can take to educate newly elected officials on the importance of health IT.  Speaker(s): Tom Leary - Vice President, Government Relations,HIMSS & Samantha Burch, MA - Senior Director, Congressional Affairs,HIMSS  Register

National Nuggets
With the release of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) final rule, healthcare leaders quickly turned to look at the regulation’s many provisions that directly relate to the use of certified electronic health record (EHR) technology and more broadly, health information technology.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released the following statement on 2017 Open Enrollment:  “We are all in for this Open Enrollment, and we continue to execute a robust outreach strategy with partners across the nation to let Americans know affordable coverage is available and that they should enroll by December 15th for coverage that starts January 1st. We’re encouraging anyone who might need coverage for 2017 to visit to check out their options—most can find a plan for $75 or less per month."This is coverage that is vital to millions of Americans, and that is being proven yet again as more people sign up, including yesterday, when more than 100,000 people signed up for coverage, the highest single-day total so far during this Open Enrollment.”— HHS Press Secretary Marjorie Connolly
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