Network Development Cohort Group Calls

Rural Health Innovations Network TA Team has launched a new approach for connecting Network Development grantees to peers and increasing access to deeper knowledge, TA Cohort Calls and Coaching Opportunities. Four cohort topics have been selected based on grantee projects and grantee input, including:

  • Care Coordination from a community-based perspective
  • Care Coordination from a clinical-based perspective
  • Integrating Behavioral Health with primary care
  • Using Technology to make decisions

These events are open to the July 2017 cohort of Rural Health Network Development Program grantees. Event connection details will be sent to eligible networks. For more information, please contact the Network TA Team at networkta@ruralcenter.org.  

Past Events

Past HIT Workforce Webinar

Managing Change to Engage Partners

July 21, 2016

This webinar discusses the two main reasons people decide to change and how rural health network leaders can use this understanding to motivate partners. The presentation also reviews the characteristics of an effective shared vision and identifies action steps leaders can take during three phases of transition.

Past Network Planning Webinar

Network Planning 2016 Welcome Webinar

June 22, 2016

This webinar provided an overview of the Rural Health Network Development Planning Grant Program for networks receiving grants in June 2016. Presenters discussed agency background information, important dates and requirements, grants management instructions and information about technical assistance.

Past HIT Workforce Webinar

Rural HIT Professional Recruitment and Retention

June 16, 2016

This webinar reviews trends in the roles of health information technology (HIT) professionals within rural areas. The presenter provides sample job descriptions of HIT professionals, discusses recruitment challenges, and facilitates the sharing of best practices among networks participating in the Rural Health IT Workforce Program.

Past Allied Health Webinar

Strategic Planning for Allied Health Networks

May 25, 2016

This webinar and the accompanying toolkit are designed to support Allied Health network grantees in understanding the dynamic and iterative nature of the strategic planning cycle. The presentation leads participants through key components of a strategic plan for a network and specific tools for developing an effective strategic plan.

Past Reverse Site Visit

Rural Health Network Development Planning Program Partnership Meeting 2016

May 2, 2016 to May 3, 2016

The Rural Health Network Development Planning Program Partnership Meeting created a shared learning environment in which June 2015 Network Planning grantees presented their progress toward network development, learned about innovative strategies to implement programs, and identified potential opportunities for collaboration through networking with fellow grantees. 

Past HIT Workforce Webinar

Sustainability Plan Toolkit for Rural HIT Workforce Networks

April 14, 2016

This webinar introduces the Sustainability Plan Toolkit, which RHI developed for HIT Workforce grantees based on our knowledge and experience in working with management tools and rural health networks. The presentation provides background information on sustainability planning and reviews the components of the toolkit.

Past Webinar

Moving Toward Health Care Transformation

April 7, 2016

The role that networks play in transforming health care in the United States is invaluable. This webinar focuses on specific ways networks can lead health care transformation in their communities, with leaders from three rural health networks presenting their approaches.

Past Network Planning Webinar

Strategic Planning for Newly Formed Networks

March 16, 2016

This webinar supports emerging rural health networks in understanding the importance of a shared vision and the strategic planning cycle, identifying key components of a strategic plan and reviewing specific tools for an effective strategic planning event. Accompanying resources include a guide, a template and sample components from rural health networks.

Past Allied Health Webinar

Student Outreach for Allied Health Professions

March 16, 2016

This webinar focuses on how to recruit students for allied health employment opportunities in rural settings and how to retain students in the rural workforce post-graduation. Presenters also share national data on allied health professions, including employment projections and wage information. 

Past Network Planning Webinar

A Culture of Innovation for Network Leaders

February 17, 2016

This presentation discusses considerations for leaders as they integrate new and innovative concepts into rural health networks, including fostering creativity among board members, incorporating creative practices into the strategic planning process and implementing communication techniques for innovative collaboration.

Past Network Development Webinar

Sustainability Planning for Rural Health Networks

February 11, 2016

This webinar shares information on the process of developing a sustainability plan for a rural health network by drawing on elements developed through prior planning sessions. The accompanying Sustainability Planning Toolkit supports rural health network leaders in identifying opportunities for improving network sustainability and in writing action plans to address specific business areas.

Past HIT Workforce Webinar

Business Planning Canvas: Expansion of Value Proposition as a Sustainability Tool

January 21, 2016

This webinar reviews the Business Canvas, a tool designed to build on a rural health network's value propositions for improved sustainability. The presentation describes key areas of consideration for a network business plan, including the identification of key initiatives, key resources and infrastructure and key partners.

Past Allied Health Webinar

Program Evaluation Planning and Tools for Allied Health Networks

January 20, 2016

It is important to assess the impact of program objectives to demonstrate value, to monitor progress toward the program goals and to identify potential best practices and lessons learned. This webinar provides a useful template and guidance in writing a program evaluation plan.

Past Network Planning Webinar

Managing Change for Network Leaders

January 20, 2016

This webinar focuses on building network leadership skills through effective change management. The presentation discusses the different degrees of change intensity, factors related to successful or unsuccessful change efforts, and how leaders of rural health networks can support change initiatives for improved sustainability.

Past Webinar

Meaningful Use and Transitions of Care

January 14, 2016

This webinar discusses the need for effective care transitions facilitated by HIT. The presentation includes real solutions and practical steps that facilitate effective exchange of patient information among providers across the spectrum of care.

Past Network Planning Webinar

Communication for Network Leaders

December 16, 2015

The second webinar of the Network Leadership Webinar Series focuses on effective and engaged communication for driving momentum in rural health networks. The presentation discusses the importance of developing a network vision, mission and clearly defined purpose, as well as assessing target markets and community support, when considering communication methods.

Past HIT Workforce Webinar

Value Propositions: Key to Network Sustainability

December 10, 2015

This webinar reviews a process for creating effective value propositions for rural health networks. It also features insights from a network leader who has developed value propositions for use within marketing efforts. The accompanying worksheet is a customized tool to support network value proposition development.

Past Network Planning Webinar

Board Development for Network Leaders

November 18, 2015

This webinar discusses considerations related to network board development, including membership structure, board member roles and responsibilities, bylaws and value propositions. Participants are led through Section B of the accompanying Network Self-Assessment Tool, a resource designed for newly formed rural health networks to identify areas of strengths and challenges.

Past Allied Health Webinar

Marketing for Allied Health Student Recruitment

November 17, 2015

This webinar reviews several elements for rural health networks, hiring organizations and educational facilities to consider when creating a strategic marketing plan. Focus areas include defining your target market, conducting a competitive analysis, developing value propositions and identifying promotional activities. This webinar also features insights from one community college's experiences with recruiting students into health sciences programs.

Past Network Development Webinar

Fundamentals of Financial Forecasting for Rural Health Network Leaders

November 12, 2015

This webinar provides definitions and guidance on developing a financial forecast for rural health networks. The presenter reviews common forecasting pitfalls to avoid as well as best practices for valuable budgeting processes.

Past Reverse Site Visit

Rural Health IT Workforce & Rural Allied Healthcare Workforce Workshop

September 3, 2015

Many grantees of the Rural Health Information Technology (IT) Workforce Program and the Rural Network Allied Health Training Program gathered for a workshop following the 2015 Rural Health Summit in Portland, Oregon. Attendees received program updates and overviews from representatives of the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, information on workforce recruitment and retention, and best practices from peer networks.

Federal Office of Rural Health Policy Update

Past Workshop

Network Care Coordination Workshop 2015

August 25, 2015 to August 26, 2015

The 2015 Network Care Coordination Workshop was open to grantees of the Network Development, Network Planning, and Health IT Workforce grant programs of FORHP. This workshop explored the fundamentals of developing a network care coordination service, including team development, leadership communication and facilitation skills, and technology and process infrastructure.

Past HIT Workforce Webinar

HIT Workforce Recruitment and Retention

August 20, 2015

This webinar discusses best practices in recruiting and retaining HIT staff, national HIT workforce recruiting trends and unique conditions of recruiting and retaining staff in rural settings. The presentation includes insights from the 3RNet and from a grantee of the Rural Health Information Technology Workforce Program.

Past Workshop

Network Sustainability Workshop 2015

July 28, 2015 to July 29, 2015

The 2015 Network Sustainability Workshop was open to grantees of the Network Development, Network Planning, and Health IT Workforce grant programs of FORHP. Participants learned about using systems frameworks as a guide for network sustainability, developed network leadership skills, and explored components of a network business plan.

Past Network Planning Webinar

Network Planning TA Kick-Off Webinar 2015

July 16, 2015

The June 2015 cohort of Network Planning grantees received education, training and guidance from the Network TA team at RHI. This webinar introduced grantees to the Network TA team and described how the technical assistance provided throughout the grant period supports networks in reaching their program goals.

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