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Rural Health Conference

The State Office of Rural Health (SORH) hosts an annual Ohio Rural Health Conference each year. Details from last year's meeting, as well as current updates, can be found under Resources.

Rural Health Listserv

The State Office of Rural Health (SORH) maintains a statewide rural health listserv, to distribute a quarterly e-newsletter and other periodic emailed announcements regarding funding opportunities, upcoming events, and other resources. To sign up for email notifications, please send a request to PCRH@odh.ohio.gov.

Monthly Newsletter

The monthly newsletter is emailed to rural health stakeholders via the rural health listserv. This newsletter contains information on state and national news, upcoming events, and other opportunities related to rural health.

Rural Health Day

The State Office of Rural Health (SORH), the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH), and our partners celebrate National Rural Health Day every year. National Rural Health Day is held on the third Thursday of November as a way to showcase rural America, increase awareness of rural health-related issues, and highlight efforts to address the unique healthcare needs of rural communities.

Workshops and Webinars

The State Office of Rural Health (SORH) provides educational programs to highlight and address the healthcare needs of rural communities. Current workshops and webinars are shown below. To register for a workshop or webinar, please send a request including the course name to PCRH@odh.ohio.gov.

December 17th, 2019 11:00am-12:00pm EST 
How to Avoid a Giant, Expensive, Exhausting Ransomware Nightmare at Your Facility

This webinar focuses on two case studies, a hospital system and a rural clinic. Each facility passed a HIPAA risk assessment yet still fell to cybercrime. 
This webinar will:
•    Present clear methods to address your facility’s preparedness
•    Identify the most common mistakes regarding healthcare data and security that can leave you vulnerable to hackers
•    Show you how to become a cybersecurity ambassador for your facility
•    Communicate effective strategies to reinforce security policies and procedures

January 21st, 2020 11:00am-12:00pm EST
Real Estate Challenges & Solutions Unique to Rural Healthcare

This webinar focuses on general healthcare challenges facing rural communities as well as challenges specific to rural healthcare real estate such as construction, property management and facilities management.
This webinar will:
•    Identify the specific real estate challenges that currently face rural healthcare systems
•    Present potential solutions to rural healthcare real estate challenges and provide site specific examples of where we have seen positive results
•    Review case studies on how rural healthcare real estate obstacles have been overcome

February 18th, 2020 11:00am-12:00pm EST 
A Simplified Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Model for Rural Health Clinics

This webinar focuses on a CMS approved, simplified PCMH model for Rural Health Clinics. This model is intended to increase both patient and staff satisfaction, improve heath, and generally increase the quality of care in your clinic with the potential to increase your Medicaid revenue.
This webinar will:
•    Explain the basics of a simplified PCMH model and PCMH standards
•    Provide the steps to make your clinic the provider of choice in your neighborhood
•    Show how to get credit for what you are already doing