NCHN e-News: April 21, 2015
Prince of Wales Health Network (Craig, AK) highlights services at the Annual Health/Wellness Fair


NCHN Welcomes 2 New Network Members

Please join the NCHN Board and Staff in welcoming Vermont Care Network and Wright Health Partners.

Vermont Care Network (VCN) is a statewide provider network of 16 non-profit community-based agencies that serve Vermonters affected by developmental disabilities, mental health conditions and substance use disorders. Incorporated as Behavioral Health Network of Vermont in 1994, VCN is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that creates effective partnerships and efficiencies to facilitate the provision of accessible, high quality services and supports throughout the state. Committed to excellence and innovation, VCN provides strategic return on investment by serving as a vehicle for collaboration, systems integration and improvement, economies of scale and new opportunities and markets. For more information, contact Simone Rueschemeyer, Executive Director, or visit VCN online at

Wright Health Partners (Clarion, Iowa) was organized in 2010. Its mission is to provide an exceptional healthcare experience. WHN is an integrated network comprised of 3 rural health clinics and 4 hospital provider clinics. For more information, contact Ashley Recknor, Network Director.

2015 Board of Directors Election

The 2015 Board of Directors election closed Friday, April 10th. The following members were elected:

Dave Johnson, Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative, WI – Second Term 
Lisa Ladendorff, Northeast Oregon Network, OR - First Term
Darcy A. Czarnik Laurin, Thumb Rural Health Network, MI – Second Term 
Pamela Norr, Oregon Rural Healthcare Quality Network, OR - First Term
Toniann Richard, HCC of Rural Missouri, MO - Second Term  
Cindy Siler, Tennessee Rural Partnership, TN - Second Term

Continuing on the Board of Directors in 2015 are Deena Dodd (Indiana Statewide Rural Health Network, IN), Stacie Pace (Southeast Oklahoma Rural Health Network, OK), Heather Fuller (Sunflower Health Network, KS), and Steve Stoddard (New Mexico Rural Hospital Network, NM).


HCAHPS Webinar Series 6 Starting in May

Custom Learning Systems is offering the HCAHPS Breakthrough Series again! Series 6 webinars will begin in May. Release 6 includes 12 one-hour monthly webinars targeted to management and frontline leaders, with a goal to educate 10% of total personnel. The content has been designed to provide an educational, how-to roadmap that will successfully improve the patient experience. You will be provided a downloadable Learning Guide for each webinar, follow up Implementation Checklists, and attendance reminders for future events. If you have not yet ordered this for your members, you can find out more about offering this to your members at a huge discount here.

If you have already ordered for your network, you do not need to purchase again. We will send you a customized brochure and you may offer the HCAHPS Webinar Series again at no additional cost to your network.

NCHN Leadership Learning Community Call: Strategic Thinking

Friday, April 24 @ 12:00 PM ET 

Strategic thinking is not limited to discussions around the future of the network you currently lead. Strategic thinking is a key leadership tool and requires a plan for you, the executive. We'll consider the communication preferences you identified last month. If you don't yet have a LinkedIn account or it has been 6 months since you updated it, we'll talk about this strategic tool as well. As the needs of your network change and as you continue to focus on and develop your leadership skills, your personal strategic plan will also change. Let's consider elements of leadership strategic planning!  Bring your Canvas, your creative thinking and a willingness to focus on your growth for an hour this month!


Executive RoundtableExecutive Roundtable Call: Network Leadership & Change

Tuesday, May 19 @ 12:00 PMET; 11:00 AM CT; 10:00 AM MT; 9:00 AM PT; and 8:00 AM AKST

Join your NCHN colleagues for our May Executive Roundtable on the impact of transitions in our Networks.  In April, we considered features and tools contributing to a thriving partnership between a Board and the Executive.  For Networks just beginning to work collaboratively or for mature networks examining how to retain vitality, it was clear that transitions are part of any equation and all Networks.  

Join Rebecca Davis and Mary Kay Chess and explore:

  • Who should be at the table during transitions?
  • What is the nature of the transition?
  • Where is the leader for the transition?
  • When is it time to begin and end the transition?

Upcoming Events

  • NCHN’s TA Calls with RHI (Rural Health Innovations) and the HRSA Network Development Planning Grantees: April 23, 2015
  • NCHN Leadership Learning Community Call: April 24, 2015 @ 12:00 PM ET
  • NCHN Board of Directors Call: May 5, 2015 @ 4:00 PM ET
  • Executive Roundtable (ER) for Network Leaders: May 19, 2015 @ 12:00 PM ET
  • 2015 NCHN Annual Educational Conference / Rural Health Summit: September 1-2, 2015 (Portland, OR): Make reservations

Member News

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

RWHC Leadership Insights: Independent Cusses and Team Tenders

WCORHA: Improve Employee Health = Improved Bottom Line 

Associate Member News

South Carolina Office of Rural Health: 8 Board Recruitment Tips for Nonprofit Healthcare Organizations

National Rural Health Resource Center: The First Rural Health Hackathon

Funding News & Announcements

MultiPlan's Rural Health Outreach Grant Program

MultiPlan's Rural Health Outreach Grant Program awards funding to help rural hospitals develop creative community outreach programs that encourage new services or reach new populations. (Deadline: May 1, 2015)

340B Drug Pricing Program

The 340B Drug Pricing Program is a federal program that requires drug manufacturers to provide outpatient drugs to eligible healthcare centers, clinics, and hospitals (termed "covered entities") at a reduced price. The program offers a way for eligible safety-net organizations to ensure access to medications.

Reminder: Grant Coaching & Review

Would you like additional review and editing before submitting your next federal proposal? Through your NCHN membership, you have access to discounted rates on professional grant review services. Find out more here.

National News

Medical Reserve Corps Webinar: April 23 @ 12:30 PM ET

Have you met the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) volunteers in your community?  This national network of volunteers—including medical and public health professionals—are eager to work with you and your community on a broad range of health activities including chronic disease prevention, AED and Hands Only CPR training, obesity reduction, heart health and so much more!

Tune in on April 23rd from 12:30-1:30 p.m. EST for a webinar featuring Captain Robert Tosatto, Director of the Civilian Volunteer Medical Reserve Corps, and some MRC unit leaders that will be hosted by HHS’s Let’s Move Faith & Communities. Captain Tosatto will discuss how MRC units across the country are partnering with community organizations to promote community health and resilience. Please register for the webinar here.

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