Webinar: Health Literacy Response to COVID-19

Date: July 22, 2020

Time: 1:00 PM Central


How do we make sure everyone understands public health information during the time of a crisis?

Accurate information is critical to control the spread of COVID 19. However, obtaining and understanding accurate information can be a challenge for populations of various health literacy levels which in turn can increase risk of illness. This webinar will discuss the challenges experienced by populations of various health literacy levels in obtaining important information about COVID 19 and strategies and resources on how to address the barriers and promote health equity.

Webinar Series: State of the Healthcare Industry: Market Update for Rural

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NOSORH, in partnership with Stroudwater Associates, announces and invites you to participate in a series of quarterly market updates for rural healthcare stakeholders to stay current on the changes in the healthcare marketplace in order to strategize responses to ensure vital services for rural communities.

By the end of these sessions, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the current market dynamics of the healthcare industry
  • Evaluate the effects of these trends on rural providers
  • Apply this understanding to their own organization


State Offices of Rural Health, rural hospitals, primary care practices, non-profit organizations, rural philanthropy organizations, policymakers, government agencies, and other rural health stakeholders will gain from the insight and discussion provided during these unique quarterly updates.


Quarterly at 2:00 pm ET

  • July 15, 2020
  • Oct 27, 2020
  • Jan 26, 2021
  • April 27, 2021
  • July 27, 2021


Eric K. Shell

Director and Chairman

Stroudwater Associates

Rural Health Resources Roundup: Rural Hospital Resources

July 6, 2020

The Rural Health Resources Roundup is a series intended for health care and human services organizations in rural communities. The series features 30‑minute, prerecorded sessions that focus on a specific topic and spotlight a HRSA program, resource, or new funding opportunity.

Listen to the session here:  Rural Health Resources Roundup – Rural Hospitals.

Did you miss our first session on telehealth?  You can listen here:  Rural Health Resources Roundup – Telehealth Resources.

We encourage you to share these recordings with your partners and networks.  Thanks for listening and sharing!

Webinar: Part II: Putting People First: Initial Steps for Addressing Mental Illness in Faith Communities

Date: July 14, 2020

Time: 11:00 AM Central


The first steps for a faith community in addressing mental illness are reflected in the first two principles of the Compassion in Action Guide:

  1. The Inherent Dignity Principle: We Affirm the Inherent Dignity of Every Person
  2. The Illness Principle: We Acknowledge Mental Illness as an Illness

This webinar will highlight leaders who embody these principles in their work with faith communities. They will describe how their efforts are respectively building a sense of belonging for individuals with mental illness in faith communities and helping faith communities take mental illness seriously.


  • Jason Nieuwsma, PhD, Associate Director Mental Health and Chaplaincy, Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Steve Sullivan, MDiv, ThM, Chaplain, Community Engagement for the Mental Health and Chaplaincy, Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Sidney Hankerson, MD, MBA, Co-Director, Columbia University Wellness Center and Assistant Professor of Clinical Pschiatry at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons.

Webinar: Swing Bed and The Best Way to Improve Your Outcomes: Transitional Care developed by Mayo Clinic & Select Medical

Date: August 6, 2020

Time: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Central


Allevant, a joint venture between Mayo Clinic and Select Medical, helps Critical Access Hospitals thrive by developing post-acute Transitional Care programs using available Swing Beds. Focused on helping patients transition to their highest level of independence, Transitional Care is a program that involves the patient and family, makes available the full resources of the Critical Access Hospital and focuses on measured outcomes and evidence-based processes to ensure patients get the best care possible. The Transitional Care Program is centered on teamwork, communication, and collaboration. Along with project management, staff training and education, a quality database, and process improvement; Allevant also provides marketing support and referral education to help Critical Access Hospitals grow their Swing Bed volume.

What you will learn:

  • Participants will be able to understand the value of developing high-quality Post-Acute Transitional Care in Critical Access Hospitals in response to a growing patient population and demands and challenges in acute care hospitals.
  • Participants will be able to begin to quantify the opportunity, understand the key steps to initiate, implement and track progress in developing high-quality Post-Acute Transitional Care.

Participants will learn how Transitional Care is an effective way to incorporate population health, chronic disease management, and wellness.

Webinar: 5 Steps to Combat Rural Healthcare’s Financial Challenges Amid COVID-19

Date: July 30, 2020

Time: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Central


Over the past 10 years, the rural hospital crisis has led to the closure of 120 facilities with 2019 yielding a record year of 18 closings. According to recent Guidehouse analysis, 25 percent of the 1,430 rural hospitals across the country are at high risk of closing unless finances improve.

Rural community and critical access hospitals face different operational challenges than larger, urban counterparts. To successfully address these challenges, rural providers should implement personalized programs that engage and empower the patient as a consumer.

In this session, we will

  • Examine today’s rural health financial landscape
  • Identify five essential rural healthcare strategies to drive financial performance and patient experience

Pinpoint organizational changes necessary to successfully address rural-specific financial challenges.

Webinar: Preparing for Price Tansparency

Date: June 20, 2020

Time: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Central


In this webinar, we will review the background, intent, and final rule surrounding Price Transparency. We will also cover the requirements, consider the challenges, and evaluate strategies to meet the hospital transparency mandates that will become effective January 2021.

Medicaid/CHIP Provider Relief Fund Payment Forms and Guidance

HHS, through the Provider Relief Fund, expects to distribute $15 billion to eligible Medicaid and CHIP providers. Providers must submit their data by Monday, July 20.

Before applying through the Enhanced Provider Relief Fund Payment Portal applicants can watch a webinar about the application process for Medicaid/CHIP providers (registration required). An additional webinar is scheduled:

Wednesday, July 8
4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. ET
Register today

Webinar Recording: Swing Bed Focus During Challenging Times

This webinar was recorded and available on-demand HERE.

Key Takeaways:

  • The Transitional Care program which began at Mayo Clinic is a quality and financial win for CAHs, helping them grow their Swing Bed volume.  The model also significantly benefits Tertiary Hospitals and most importantly, patients in rural communities.
  • Allevant has designed an 18 month Transitional Care program (first 3 months at no charge) geared towards addressing Covid-19 challenges.  The program is accessible so that any Critical Access Hospital can benefit and not be overwhelmed with the cost and work involved.  The model can be initiated without adding additional resources.
  • The Transitional Care Program is a great way to meet current patient demand and prepare and help pay for value-based population health efforts.
  • MENDS(R)  which is included in our program is a new model aimed at improving the health and wellness of rural community members and rural health care workers.

2020 Grant Writing Institute Open for Enrollment

Registration is now open for the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health Grant Writing Institute (GWI). GWI features a series of nine online learning sessions covering every aspect of grant writing with a unique rural health focus. The series is intended for beginners seeking to gain the skills to research and draft winning proposals from various agencies.

Class size is limited and registration deadline is July 19th.  Group discounts are available.   Sign up 4 students get the 5th one free.  Click here to REGISTER NOW!

Click here for a flyer with detailed information on each session.