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National Cooperative of Health Networks Association, Inc.'s Newsletter
Informational Newsletter from the National Cooperative of Health Networks
October 18 2016

 The 2016 NCHN Leadership Summit  
is less than a month away!
November 10-11, 2016   Biloxi, MS

Today is the last day to reserve you room at the group rate!

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.

Location: IP Casino, Resort & Spa

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

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
This year's Network Leader Salary and Benefits Survey has been sent to all current NCHN network members.  If you did not receive the email and link via Survey Monkey, please email Linda or call her at 217-549-4121. The deadline to complete the survey is Friday, October 28th!

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


Northwest Georgia Healthcare Partnership
NGHP Hosted Erwin Mitchell Community Health Fair 


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, October 21, 2016  at 8 AM PT, 9 AM MT, 10 AM CT, 11 AM ET. and the topic is: 
Effective Communication Elements  
Many network leaders  are wrapping up 2016 by creating an annual report or, by engaging board members and key constituents in strategic thinking for the next fiscal year. Both of these key initiatives require a sound connection and linkage with stakeholder interests and ideas and data.  We will be working together on the October ER session to identify and discuss six specific communication elements. There will be an opportunity for participants to learn and share best practices on each communication element during our time together.  We hope you can join us! 

NCHN members will be receiving invitations through Readytalk. If you do not receive one by October 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



The Virginia Rural Health Association (VRHA),located in Blacksburg, VA, organized in 1995 and is a 501(c)(3)  organization working for the 2.5 million people who call rural Virginia their home.  Their mission is to improve the health of rural Virginians through education, advocacy, and fostering cooperative partnerships.  Network programs and services include an Annual Conference, Weekly Enewsletter, Rural Health Clinic Coalition and Rural Health Telecommunications Consortium.  The Executive Director, Beth O'Connor ( has served in this position since 2005.  To learn more our new member, click the link above.  Please help us welcome Beth and the VRHA to NCHN!!! 


Members'  "Magazines"

Membership Meetings
All Times are EST !

Leadership Summit Committee Call
October 20th @ 4:00 PM ET

ER Call
October 21 @ 11:00 ET

Conference Planning Committee
October 25th @ 11:00 AM

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

     NCHN Annual        Educational Conference  April 25-27, 2017   Bozeman, MT
National Rural Health Day
November 17, 2016

Funding Finder

Delta Health Care Services Grant
The primary objective of the DHCS program is to provide financial assistance to address the continued unmet health needs in the Delta Region through cooperation among health care professionals, institutions of higher education, research institutions, and other entities in the Delta Region. Application deadline: 11.7.16.

Healthcare Connect Fund
The Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) Healthcare Connect Fund provides funding to healthcare providers for telecommunications & internet access services, as well as network equipment, at a flat discounted rate of 65%. Participants can apply as a member of the consortium or a stand-alone entity. Application deadline:11.30.16.

Educational Endeavors
MN Health Information Technology | Normandale Community College | Member of Minnesota State
Starting October 2016 training will be offered to professionals working at a healthcare-related organization through the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) Workforce Training Program. This is FREE
workforce training for healthcare professionals to stay current in the changing healthcare environment.

The Rural Health IT Workforce Program Curriculum Resources pages are now live on the Rural Health Information Hub. From 2013-2016, 15 Rural Health IT Workforce grantees were supported by FORHP to focus on activities related to the recruitment, education, training, and retention of health IT specialists. To help other communities adopt best practices, this section of RHIhub offers a complete inventory of curriculum resources, including detailed course descriptions and training materials. The resources can be used as examples for rural and rural serving communities, vocation, and technical colleges that wish to offer similar trainings in their educational institutions. 

National Nuggets

Nonprofit Quarterly
Voices of Board Chairs: A National Study on the Perspectives of Nonprofit Board Chairs
By Judy Friewirth, Mary Hiland, Michael Burns, Gayle Gifford & Debra Beck

#RuralResults. On October 5th,  White House Rural Council convened a forum of policy, business and nonprofit leaders to announce significant gains since the Council was formed in 2011 and new actions to continue the support for rural communities. Accompanying the forum was a memorandum from the Council outlining lessons learned and the best strategies for Federal government engagement at the local level.  Read more about successful federal-local partnerships on the USDA Results page of Secretary Tom Vilsack, the White House Rural Council’s Chairman, and see the response to #RuralResults on social media.

HHS finalizes streamlined Medicare payment system that rewards clinicians for quality patient care

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