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September 2017 Center for Rural Health Update

FOCUS on Rural Health

Emergency Medical Services Volunteer Wears Multiple Hats
Christa Sommer recently received the Outstanding Safety Instructor award from the North Dakota Safety Council. She is a North Dakota state trooper who is using her teaching background to educate and train emergency medical technicians.


CRH Associate Director Receives Award at National Conference
Lynette Dickson received the James D. Bernstein Mentoring Award at the 2017 National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health annual conference in Savannah, Georgia.

National Indigenous Elder Justice Initiative (NIEJI) Announces Recipients of 2017 Innovation Awards
NIEJI Innovation Grant Program awarded funding to eight tribes from eight states to help them develop programs for their communities.

CRH Research Assistant Professor Participates in Smart and Connected Communities Workshop
Shawnda Schroeder, PhD was invited by the National Science Foundation to participate in a workshop to advance understanding of our rural communities. The goal of the workshop was to improve community functioning and quality of life through innovations in computing, engineering, information and physical sciences, social, and learning sciences.

Survey of North Dakota Dentists Data Brief Published
Rural Health Quarterly featured a data brief submitted by Shawnda Schroeder and Nathan Fix. The survey assessed North Dakota dentists’ knowledge of proposed oral health workforce legislation, support for workforce models, and willingness to participate in proposed models.

National Rural Health Day Contests and Challenges
To celebrate National Rural Health Day, CRH and North Dakota Rural Health Association are holding the following contests:

  • Student Video Challenge - The video will depict what the "Power of Rural" means to them. A $250 prize will be awarded to the winning team. Open to middle, junior, and high school students.
  • Photo Contest - Use your creativity to show us what rural health means to you. Prizes will be awarded for both adult and youth. Open to all ages.

Addressing American Indian Health Disparities
Rural Health Information Hub has a Q&A with Dr. Don Warne, chair of the Department of Public Health at North Dakota State University. Dr. Warne discusses health disparities among American Indians and his transition from medicine to public health policy.

$702,801 Awarded to Four North Dakota Health Centers
Coal Country Community Health Center in Beulah, Family Healthcare Center in Fargo, Northland Health Partners Community in Turtle Lake and Valley Community Health Center in Grand Forks were each awarded $175,700 to increase access to substance abuse and mental health services.

Funding & Other Opportunities

National Indigenous Elder Justice Initiative (NIEJI) Innovation Grant’s Call for Proposals
The awards 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. The deadline to apply is November 14.

R-COOL-Health Scrubs Camp
Now accepting grant applications for the 2017-2018 season. Scrubs camps are a fun and interactive ways to introduce healthcare professions to rural students in grades 5-12.

Think Cultural Health
Office of Minority Health is offering a free, online accredited educational program for nurses, social workers, and any service provider interested in improving care to diverse populations.

CRH Events

September 26 Rural Tobacco Control and Prevention Toolkit Webinar
The Rural Health Information Hub and the NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis toolkit identifies model programs and resources that will benefit rural communities seeking to implement tobacco control and prevention programs.
Time: 1:00 pm Central
October 14 American Indian Health Research Conference
This daylong conference is an opportunity learn how to conduct research collaboratively with American Indian communities.
Alerus Center, Grand Forks, North Dakota

Other Related Events


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NIMH Outreach Partners Updates
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