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October 2017 Center for Rural Health Update

FOCUS on Rural Health

Brain Injury Survivor Helps Others
Matt White is a Center for Rural Health intern and a brain injury survivor. He uses a positive attitude, perseverance, and support to help other brain injury survivors reach their goals.

The Scrubs Academy
Seven years after the first Scrubs Academy, former students are entering college and choosing healthcare majors.


National Rural Health Day is November 16
Help the State Offices of Rural Health and the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health by celebrating the “Power of Rural” in your communities. Here are some creative ways to celebrate.

American Indian Health Research Conference Award Winners
The Alan J. Allery Awards for American Indian Health Researcher of the Year were presented October 14. Cerynn Desjarlais won the graduate award and Celestina Bonilla garnered the undergraduate award.

Lessons Learned from Wac'in Yeya: The Hope Project
At the National Institute of Mental Health annual meeting, Jacque Gray shared examples of creative projects Lakota youth plan to present to their communities on what gives them hope. Their concepts will help design suicide prevention projects. The Hope Project is a research grant in partnership with Oglala Sioux Lakota Housing.

The Rural Monitor
An article examines the cause and impact of work-related lung diseases in rural America while another looks at confronting adverse childhood experiences to help improve the lifelong health of rural children.

Funding & Other Opportunities

FORHP Outreach Grants
The Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) announced the Outreach Program is accepting applications through December 6. Successful awardees will receive up to $200,000 a year for three years to implement evidence-based or promising practice models that will increase access to healthcare in rural communities.

North Dakota FLEX RFP Released
The 2017-18 North Dakota Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility (FLEX) program's annual request for proposals is now open to all North Dakota critical access hospitals. The deadline is November 1.

Dakota Conference on Rural and Public Health
Rural and public health professionals are encouraged to submit abstracts for the 2018 Dakota Conference. The deadline is October 23.

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

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.

Rural Health Research Gateway Webinar
An archived webinar, “Financial Distress and Closures of Rural Hospitals,” is now available on the Gateway website. Sign up for Gateway Research Alerts to know about upcoming webinars and when new publications become available.

CRH Events

October 30 - November 4 Primary Care Week
Annual event brings healthcare professionals together to discuss healthcare’s importance to underserved populations.
University of North Dakota (UND) School of Medicine and Health Sciences
Grand Forks, North Dakota
November 2 Annual Community Meet and Greet
Promote your community, facility, and healthcare job openings to UND students in healthcare programs.
UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences
Time: 11:00 am - 2:00 pm Central
November 2 Webinar: Rural HIV/AIDS Prevention and Treatment
The Rural Health Information Hub and the NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis will present a toolkit designed to help rural communities plan, implement, and sustain HIV/AIDS programs.
Time: 12:00 pm Central
November 9 Webinar: Recent Trends in Children's Healthcare
Learn the latest information on healthcare coverage and research regarding oral healthcare for children and adolescents from the Rural Health Research Gateway.
Time: 10:00 am Central

Other Related Events


National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) – FREE Publications
Do you shy away from social situations for fear of being judged? NIMH has free publications on Social Anxiety Disorder. Learn about the symptoms, causes, and treatments for social phobia. Visit NIMH's Publications page to order or download.

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

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