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May 2017 Center for Rural Health Update


32nd Annual Dakota Conference Takes Place in June
The 32nd Annual Dakota Conference on Rural and Public Health is taking place June 13 – 15 in Minot, North Dakota. The Dakota Conference provides an opportunity for over 300 healthcare professionals, educators, and students to share strategies for building and sustaining healthy communities in North Dakota. Register online today.

NIEJI Innovation Grant
The Native Elder Abuse Innovation Awards 2017 Request for Proposal was announced on May 1. These awards will allow tribes to carry out activities that will prevent, identify, and/or address elder abuse, neglect, or exploitation in their communities. NIEJI Innovation plans to award between 8-12 awards, up to $20,000 for each.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month
Since 1949, Mental Health America has led the observance of Mental Health Month by reaching millions of people through the media, local events, and screenings. They welcome other organizations to join them in spreading the word that mental health is something everyone should care about by using the Mental Health Month Toolkit materials and conducting awareness activities.

Funding & Other Opportunities

Sign Up for Gateway Research Alerts
The Rural Health Research Gateway provides access to publications and projects funded through the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy. Alerts provide periodic updates when new publications become available.

National Institute of Mental Health – FREE publications
The National Institute of Mental Health has many free publications on various mental health topics. These publications can be ordered through the Center for Rural Health, free of charge to your organization. Visit NIMH's publications page to learn more, or contact Jacque Gray at the Center for Rural Health if you would like to order any publications.


June 13 - 15 Dakota Conference on Rural and Public Health
Holiday Inn (Riverside)
Minot, North Dakota
June 15 World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Forum
Standing Rock


Focus on Rural Health
Center for Rural Health blog that features stories about rural health leaders and people working in rural North Dakota healthcare organizations.

The Branch
The May 2017 issue of NOSORH’s monthly update.

NIMH Outreach Partners Updates
Newsletter that features new science and services news updates, resources, and funding information.

Assessment of Oral Health in North Dakota
The Center for Rural Health has produced several fact sheets, policy briefs, and reports focused on the oral health needs of the State during an Assessment of Oral Health in North Dakota. This research was funded by Pew Charitable Trusts. The project was an effort to assess the existing oral health workforce and service capacity in North Dakota, and evaluate the unmet need for oral healthcare. Recently, three new fact sheets were released addressing dentists’ knowledge, awareness, and willingness to participate in several proposed access solutions. Access these and other products online.

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