NCHN e-News: February 17, 2015
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RDAVISFrom the Executive Director: Preparing to Celebrate NCHN's 20th Anniversary

Welcome to winter. wait, this is mid-February and we should be thinking about spring! But for most of the country as well, as here in Hardinsburg, Kentucky, we are in the middle of record snow falls, unusually low temperatures, forecast for even lower temperatures for the reminder of the week, and lots of shoveling in our future!  Kind of reminds me of the network world – we think we are moving along and things are going smoothly and suddenly things change. Sometimes we have planned and are prepared for changes, but sometimes they catch us by surprise.

Last week on the ER Call for Network Leaders, Dr. Mary Kay Chess discussed Creativity & Innovation in new and growing networks,a very timely topic for the changing roles of health networks in today’s health care delivery system.  Do you have the creativity and innovative spirit to refocus your network if faced with major changes? Have you thought about “innovation” and what it may mean to your organization?  According to Dr. Chess and Oxford Dictionary, innovation is to make changes in something established, especially by introducing new methods, ideas, or products. 

You will have the opportunity to participate in an exciting time for NCHN, as 2015 is an important milestone for your Association! NCHN will be celebrating its 20th birthday this year!  I am happy to have been a part of such a growing, creative, and innovative organization since July 2006! I wonder if the founding members of NCHN, thought about what the Association would look like in 20 years? If they thought about what changes the organization would face and how creative and innovative the Directors and Officers, along with the membership would be to ensure the continuation of the Association?

NCHN Leadership Learning Community February Call: Challenging Conversations

Friday, February 27, 2015 @ 12:00 PM ET; 11:00 AM CT; 10:00 AM MT; 9:00 AM PT; 8:00 AM AKST 

Many of us had an opportunity to work together on the NCHN Leadership Development Canvas in January.  We focused on Milestones:  Where we have been in our leadership journey and, important events along the way.  On February 27th, we'll move into Challenging Conversations and explore preferences for engaging in tough conversations and decisions in the networks.  You may be surprised and delighted to notice that you actually respond in many ways to real and potential challenges.  

To prepare for this session on February 27th, come prepared with the work you did over the past month on exploring your milestones.  And, have the slides and your copy of the Canvas ready to work on as we talk together.  In the meantime, continue to note the leadership skills you see in your work in your community.  

The LLC is open to all who attended the Leadership Summit. Call-in details and materials will be sent prior to the call. If you did not receive the Save the Date notices last week and want to participate, please contact Christy

Executive RoundtableExecutive Roundtable Call: Network Leadership & Change

Tuesday, March 17 @ 12:00 PMET; 11:00 AM CT; 10:00 AM MT; 9:00 AM PT; and 8:00 AM AKST

You have each experienced change in your unique network.  It could be the change connected with evaluating a long-standing board governance document or the change required in seeking agreement for a new business line. What we know is that change is constant.  As we meet together for an hour on March 17th, we'll consider how change can actually be healthy in building collaboration and seeking consensus on priorities.  Join Rebecca Davis and Mary Kay Chess on March 17th to consider how to effectively leverage this critical leadership tool.  

GrantStationGrantStation: Changes to Subscription Process Coming

NCHN Members and their members can subscribe to GrantStation at >90% off of the regular subscription price. Effective March 1st, we will be changing the GrantStation subscription process. All subscriptions will start on the 1st of the month following our receipt of the subscription form. Subscription requests are due 2 days prior to the end of the month for an effective date of the 1st of the following month.

Upcoming Events

  • NCHN’s TA Calls with RHI (Rural Health Innovations) and the HRSA Network Development Planning Grantees: February 26, 2015
  • HIMSS Meaningful Use Educational Program: February 26, 2015 | 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM AST (Carolina, Puerto Rico)
  • NCHN Leadership Learning Community Call: Challenging Conversations: February 27, 2015 @ 12:00 PM ET
  • HCAHPS Webinar Series: Communication with Doctors: Skillful Physician Communicationâ„¢: March 10, 2015 @ 1:00 PM ET
  • Executive Roundtable (ER) for Network Leaders: March 17, 2015 @ 12:00 PM ET
  • NCHN’s TA Calls with RHI (Rural Health Innovations) and the HRSA Network Development Planning Grantees: March 19, 2015
  • NCHN Leadership Learning Community Call: March 27, 2015 @ 12:00 PM ET
  • 2015 NCHN Annual Educational Conference / Rural Health Summit: September 1-2, 2015 (Portland, OR): Make reservations

2015 Rural Health Summit

Member News

HCC of Rural Missouri: February 5, 2015 Newsletter

RWHC: Tim Size will be presenting "Rural Health and Network Adequacy" for FORHP's Weekly Office Hours on February 18th at 3:00 pm ET. Note: Network adequacy refers to a health plan's capacity here.

Western Healthcare Alliance held its 2015 Annual Summit, closing the meeting with a talk by best-selling author and ultra endurance athlete Rich Roll.

Western Healthcare Alliance: February 2015 Newsletter

Associate Member News

National Rural Health Resource Center: Program Strategic Planning Guide and Tools (Rural Health Innovations Webinar Recording, Feb. 12, 2015)

Funding News & Announcements

Rural Outreach Benefits Counseling Program (FORHP)

The Rural Outreach Benefits Counseling Program will award funding to pilot a new program, the Benefits Counseling Program, which will work to expand outreach, education, and enrollment efforts in rural communities. (Deadline: March 30, 2015)

Rural Network Allied Health Training Program (FORHP)

The Rural Network Allied Health Training Program offers funding to develop formal rural health networks that focus on the recruitment, training, and retention of the rural allied health workforce. (Deadline: March 31, 2015)

Rural Health Care Coordination Network Partnership Program (FORHP)

Rural Health Care Coordination Network Partnership Program that focus on care coordination activities for diabetes, congestive heart failure, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Applicants must develop creative and innovative approaches to address outcomes in one or more of the three conditions. Applicants may address the prevalence and management of diabetes, CHF, and COPD conditions using innovative or evidence-based care coordination strategies, relevant to their community needs. At a minimum, networks will be asked to report on four outcome measures for each chronic condition. A TA Call was held February 12, 2015: A recording is available here. (Deadline: April 6, 2015)


National News

Updates from The National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services

The Rural Assistance Center will be hosting a two part webinar series from the National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services. Part one in the series will focus on the policy briefs the committee has issued on rural healthcare. Part two in the series will cover the briefs issued on rural human services. Please join RAC for these free webinars. 

Part 1 of 2 (Health Update): February 18, 2015 @ 2:00 PM ET
Part 2 of 2 (Human Services Update): February 26, 2015 @ 2:00 PM ET

Webinar: Remote yet Resourceful: Integrating Behavioral Health in Rural Primary Care

Date and Time: Thursday, February 26, 2015, 2:00-3:30 PM ET
Register for free at
Closed Captioning Available Upon Request

Workforce shortages. Transportation barriers. Remote access. Rural primary care providers face unique challenges in meeting the behavioral health needs of their communities. However, rural primary care providers integrating behavioral health services also have opportunities to address these barriers through the community collaboration and partnership models integration brings. Join this webinar, from the SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions, to get an overview of integration models used in rural settings, planning best practices, financing considerations, and implementation strategies for primary care and behavioral health providers to collaborate and better meet the behavioral health needs of their communities. Learn how one rural primary care provider successfully collaborated with a behavioral health organization and the local Medicaid plan to improve the health status of the community, including reducing depression and substance abuse. 

Presenters: Donald Simila, Upper Great Lakes Family Health Center; and John Gale, Maine Rural Health Research Center, Muskie School of Public Service, University of Southern Maine
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