NCHN e-News: May 19, 2015

 Registration is under way for NCHN's Annual Conference
at the 2015 Rural Health Summit in Portland, Oregon. 

September 1-2, 2015
Registration Fee: $300 NCHN Member/ $400 Non-Member

Payable by check or Paypal
(Processing fee is $12.50 for electronic payment)

Hotel Reservations
Room Rate: $137-$146 + 14.5% tax/night 

Rate available Aug. 30th- Sept. 6th


"Meet" Your New NCHN Staff Members

Tara Long, Administrative Assistant
This position is part-time providing support to the E.D. and Member Services Director as well as maintaining databases,listserves and accounts receivable/payable.  Tara has a BS in Human Nutrition from the University of KY and experience in Human Resources. Tara is located in Lexington, KY. She can be reached at 502-558-6286 or by email at

Linda K. Weiss, LCSW, Director of Member Services 
This part-time position is responsible for the overall management and delivery of membership benefits and assistance to the E.D.  Linda brings with her experience as an NCHN member, business partner, board member and presenter.  Linda is located in Fort Lauderdale, FL and can be reached at 217-549-4121 or at

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 by clicking 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.  Questions contact Linda K. Weiss at 

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 network leader colleagues for our May Executive Roundtable (ER Call for Network Leaders) 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?

We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday, May 19 @ 12:00 PM ET.  You should have received an email with call in details in your inbox. We look forward to the discussion!”   

NCHN Leadership Learning Community Call: Strategic Thinking

Friday, May 29, 2015 @ 12:00 PM ET 

In April, we explored our focus on strategic thinking and the time we allot to this critical activity in the midst of day-to-day challenges. In May, we actually take time to review our leadership development to-date and consider what we want to emphasize as we continue our leadership growth. We'll explore very specific and concrete goals as well as bodacious dreams tied to how you uniquely move through business, community and personal connections.  We have experimented with developing new approaches in very specific areas of development.  You are experiencing results!  We know that some of the aspirations you are holding will take time, sometimes years to fully develop.  Other goals might be accomplished while we chat together for an hour.  This session will again be all about you and your leadership development.  We are often so focused on what is needed for the networks that we forget the critical development required by leaders. Join your Leadership Learning Community colleagues on May 29 and we'll provide time to explore 2-3 goals that support your innovative leadership traction. Note: This call is open to participants of the 2015 NCHN Leadership Summit.  You will receive call in information in your inbox the week of the call.  Please save the date – Friday, May 29 @ 12:00 PM ET for the Community call with Dr. Chess. 

Upcoming Events

  • Executive Roundtable (ER) for Network Leaders: May 19, 2015 @ 12:00 PM ET
  • Webinar with Nonprofit Quarterly Group: May 19 @ 1:30 PM ET 
  • Conference Planning Committee Call: May 21, 2015 @ 3:00 PM ET
  • NCHN Leadership Learning Community Call: May 29, 2015 @ 12:00 PM ET
  • NCHN Quarterly Informational Call:  June 15 @ 2:00 PM ET  â€“  Topic to be announced

Member News

Health Care Collaborative of Rural Missouri
Congratulations to the Health Care Collaborative of Rural Missouri Network.  Two of their clinics received Level III certification from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA)!!!!  This is the highest level of achievement available nationally.  Big kudos to all involved in reaching this national recognition!!  For more about NCQA please click

NCHN Member Featured on Rural Assistance Center (RAC) Rural Health Models and Innovation Hub
The Northeast Oregon Network (NEON) Community Health Worker Training Program was designed to train and put CHWs on the path to becoming certified by the state. NEON participated in the state committees and the Traditional Health Workers Commission that created the training standards for CHWs. Of 83 CHWs trained by NEON, 38 are currently registered with the state. Of those registered, 8 are hospital or clinic-based, 8 are embedded in mental health organizations, 10 are in community-based organizations and 7 are in health departments or are Department of Human Services staff.  For more information click NEON Community Health Worker Training Program.

The Pathways Community Hub, run by Northeast Oregon Network (NEON), utilizes trained Community Health Workers (CHWs) to help at-risk patients navigate health and social services resources in the Oregon counties of Union, Baker, and Wallowa. The Pathways Community Hub model operates with the over-arching theme of improving patient health, bettering healthcare, and lowering costs by improving the quality of care offered.
Trained CHWs have been able to help community members navigate various aspects of the healthcare and social service systems, while providing education on healthcare resources to the community.  For more information click
 NEON Pathways Community Hub

NCHN partners with the Rural Assistance Center (RAC) to share rural health network best practices and successful models from our members on their new Rural Models and Innovation Hub. For more details about this partnership and to submit a model through NCHN please, email Linda.

Associate Member News

National Rural Health Resource Center:  Flex Program Reverse Site Visit: Pathways to Value   Tuesday, June 23, 2015 - 08:00 to Wednesday, June 24, 2015 - 15:30

Kentucky Office of Rural Health: The Federal Office of Rural Health Policy has announced the 2015 awardees for the Rural Health Care Services Outreach grants. Three Kentucky networks were awarded for a three-year project to help create innovative solutions to benefit the community and address its needs. 
  • Patient Centered Medical Home - Northeast KY Regional Health Information Organization (NeKY RHIO), Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital, Pathways Community Mental Health Center, Morgan County Appalachian Regional Hospital, St. Claire Regional Medical Center, Sterling Health Solutions, and Primary Plus.
  • El Puente ("The Bridge") Project - Western Appalachian Kentucky Health Care Access Consortium (Montgomery County Health Department, St. Joseph Mount Sterling Hospital, Sterling Health Solutions, St. Claire Regional Medical Center, and NeKY RHIO).
  • Prestonsburg HomePlace Clinic - Mountain Comprehensive Care Center, Big Sandy Health Care, and Highlands Health System

Funding News & Announcements

Telehealth Focused Rural Health Research Center Cooperative Agreement
As previously noted, FORHP is pleased to announce the release of the telehealth focused rural health research center cooperative agreement.  The main purpose of this cooperative agreement is to increase the amount of publically available, clinically informed and policy relevant telehealth-related research.  FORHP plans to award four-year funding for up to $750,000 per year to one research center.  The deadline to apply is June 29th.  For more information please visit the
Funding Opportunity Announcement. Questions about the cooperative agreement can be sent to Sarah Bryce (

Creating a Culture of Health: Disparities and Bright Spots
The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky is collaborating with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) to invite proposals from qualified research teams and consultants to document and examine health conditions in the 420- county Appalachian Region.
Due June 8, 2015 at 5:00 pm EST |
See full RFP 

Rural Child Poverty Telehealth Network Grant Program
This announcement solicits applications for the Rural Child Poverty Telehealth Network Grant Program (RCP-TNGP).  The RCP-TNGP is a three-year pilot program to support established telehealth networks to develop innovative ways to address the unique health care challenges faced by children living in impoverished rural areas.  Due June 22, 2015 | See full FOA 

Exchange (Marketplace) Navigators
The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement is to enable recipients to operate as Exchange (Marketplace) Navigators in States with a Federally-facilitated Marketplace (FFM), including a State Partnership Marketplace, as authorized by the Affordable Care Act.Funding Opportunity Number: CA-NAV-15-001
Current Closing Date: June 15, 2015; A letter of intent is required and is due on June 3  emailed
to For more information click Cooperative Agreement to Support Navigators in Federally-facilitated and State Partnership Marketplaces

Take advantage of your NCHN membership!
Grant Coaching & Review

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

GrantStation is an online tool used to find funding opportunities offered by government entities, as well as private foundations.  Your NCHN membership provides a significant subsription discount. Click the link above to view the GrantStation website. Contact Linda with questions or to place a order.

National News

Affordable Care Act payment model saves more than $384 million in two years, meets criteria for first-ever expansion
Pioneer ACO Model advances quality and value in health care
Today, an independent evaluation report released by the Department of Health and Human Services showed that an innovative payment model created as a pilot project by the Affordable Care Act generated substantial savings to Medicare in just two years. Additionally, the independent Office of the Actuary in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has certified that this patient care model is the first to meet the stringent criteria for expansion to a larger population of Medicare beneficiaries. Read more

A Comparison of Closed Rural Hospitals and Perceived Impact
From 2010 through 2014, 47 rural hospitals ceased providing inpatient services in 23 states across the country (“closed”). Among the 47 closed hospitals, 26 hospitals no longer provide any health care services (“abandoned”), and 21 continue to provide a mix of health services but no inpatient care (“converted”). These closures have affected approximately 800,000 people in the markets with abandoned hospitals and 700,000 people in the markets with converted hospitals. Read more.

Rural Childhood Poverty Gap Widens 
By Tim Marema
The disparity in poverty rates between metropolitan and non-metropolitan Americans is greatest among children. And the youngest children have it worst, a report from the 
Economic Research Service shows.

 The Aetna Foundation, HHS, and National Health IT Collaborative Innovating for the Underserved Business Plan Challenge
Proposals for The Aetna Foundation, HHS, and National Health IT Collaborative Innovating for the Underserved Business Plan Challenge are being accepted through July 22nd for applicants that demonstrate the ability to leverage health and communication information technology and data to address one of three key challenges in underserved and vulnerable populations: 1) Access to Services, 2) Childhood Obesity, and 3) Connecting Data between Systems. Through this business plan challenge, the collaborative organizations seek to identify innovative approaches to increasing health equity and impacting chronic issues in underserved populations. Non-profit and for-profit teams or entities are eligible, and HRSA grantees including Community Health Centers, Ryan White Providers, Maternal Child Health, and Rural Health grantees are encouraged to apply. For more information visit this

From NOSORH - Seeking Rural Medical Professionals For New Docu-Series


Magilla Entertainment and a major cable network are now casting female doctors working in a rural community for a new documentary series about rural medicine.  This new docu-series will explore the medical world from the perspective of a rural community through the eyes of their primary care physician.  We will explore her background, experience, her relationship to the residents in the community and all of the rewards and challenges that come with practicing medicine in a rural location.  Anyone with any questions or anyone interested in learning more can contact Alicia Arnold at

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