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National Cooperative of Health Networks Association, Inc.'s Newsletter
Informational Newsletter from the National Cooperative of Health Networks
April 4, 2017

2017 NCHN


Our conference is only 21 days away!  

Please visit our Conference Website for all the details and register using our online Registration Form
The hotel has extended the deadline to reserve your room until April 7, 2017. Reserve your by calling 406-587-5261. (Reference “NCHN Annual Conference")  

Rates: Single/Double: $89 +  tax (7%)/night + flat TBID* Assessment Fee/Night of $2.00

The conference runs from 2:00 PM Tue., April 25th - 12:00 PM Thu., April  27th.  If available, rooms can be reserved at the conference rate from Sun., April 23rd - Fri., April 28th.


 It's your lucky day!  There are still a few seats available on the bus to Yellowstone Friday, April 28th.  To reserve your spot please use this form.

We will be using a mobile event app at this year's conference. Everything you need to know prior to, during and after the conference at your fingertips. After you register for the conference you will receive an email invitation to download our event app.  The app can be downloaded to your smartphone, tablet or laptop.

Want a chance to win 1 night's FREE LODGING at our 2018 conference?  Click on the "game" icon on the app to earn points for using and exploring its contents. The top 10 point leaders who are still in attendance on the last day of the conference will have their names entered into the drawing for 1 free registration to next year's conference. Good Luck!

Questions? Please contact Linda K. Weiss at or 217-549-4121.


Enhanced EMR Training - Harrisonburg, VA
Thursday April 6, 2017 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Know the basics of eCW and looking for more? This class is for you. Covering advanced clinical features that will surely enhance your productivity in eCW. Harrisonburg Community Health Center


Reminder - Upcoming NRHA webinars

All webinars are at 3:00 PM ET

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 
340B Updates: Optimization and Compliance in a Changing Environment

Thursday, April 6, 2017
Defending Against Diabetes Using Analytics

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 
Care Transitions: Building a Better Bridge

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 
Managing Pharmaceutical Waste as an Exempt Generator
Reminder- the next webinar is Thursday, April 6, 2017
Topic:  Pain Control

Executive Roundtable 

NCHN’s April ER  Call
 Friday, April 21st   
11:00 AM ET; 10:00 AM CT; 9:00 AM MT; 8:00 AM PT
Join NCHN leaders to WorkShop  enhancements for a service you offer.  What is WorkShopping?  Any participant will be able to provide a three minute overview of a current or proposed service or product. In addition, the participant will have a chance to pose one question.  The questions might look like:   Who else might want to purchase this service?  What might alternative pricing look like?  What value-add might we add to this product?  The following 7 minutes are dedicated to WorkShopping the question and the service/product.  There are no wrong answers.  There is unlimited creativity, best practices and boundless innovation.  Join this creative session.  Your board and community members will benefit!

NCHN members will receive Readytalk invitations. If you don't receive one by April 14th please contact Tara Long
Members'  "Magazines"

Membership Meetings

All Times are EST !

2017 Awards Committee
April 4th @ 4:00 PM

Conference Planning Committee
April 11th @ 11:00 AM
Conference Planning Committee
April 18th @ 11:00 AM

Executive Roundtable Call
April 21st @ 11:00 AM

Board of Directors Retreat*

April 25th @ 8:30 AM*

2017 Awards Breakfast
April 26th @ 7:45 AM*

2017 NCHN Annual Membership Meeting
April 26th @ 1:00  PM*

*(This meeting is in Bozeman, MT at the Annual Conference & is MST)


Funding Finder

Aetna Foundation: Cultivating Healthy Communities 
The Foundation's Cultivating Healthy Communities grant program is intended to help local communities in the continental U. S. to become healthier places to live, with emphasis on projects that benefit underserved, low-income, and minority communities. Grants are provided to nonprofit organizations, government agencies & federally recognized Indian tribes committed to improving the health of their participants by focusing on activities that align to 1 or 2 of the following 5 domains: Healthy Behaviors, Community Safety, Built Environment, Social/Economic Factors, & Environmental Exposures. Applicants can request between $50k & $100k for projects lasting 18-24 months. Organizations with annual operating budgets < $250,000 are not eligible. Stage 1 application deadline 4/14/17; Stage 2: 6/16/17.
Improving rural economies - The USDA’s Rural Business-Cooperative Service is now accepting applications for the 2017 Rural Cooperative Development Grant program to improve the economic conditions of rural areas. A robust economy can help support and sustain rural health care services and improve residents' quality of life. RCDG provides up to $200,000 for nonprofit organizations or colleges and universities to assist in the startup, expansion, or improvement of rural cooperatives and other mutually-owned businesses that sell products and services such as telecommunications, credit and financial services, housing, and food. Electronic applications are due 5/26/17.

Educational Endeavors

Building a Powerful Grants Strategy for 2017 - Participants will be taken through the process of establishing a grants calendar for the next 12 -18 months. 4/12/17 @ 2 PM ET. $69/person, $149/site. 

 National Nuggets


One-fifth of rural youth are not in school or the workforce; the label is 'disconnected'
Office of Inspector General - Measuring Compliance Program Effectiveness - This list will provide measurement options to a wide range of organizations with diverse size, operational complexity, industry sectors, resources & compliance programs.  Measuring Compliance Program Effectiveness: A Resource Guide
Miscellaneous Mentions

Catalog of Value-Based Initiatives for Rural Providers. Designed to help rural leaders & communities identify HHS value-based programs appropriate for rural participation. 

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