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November 2017 Center for Rural Health Update

FOCUS on Rural Health

Targeted Rural Health Education
The Targeted Rural Health Education, or TRHE ("tree") project, is a new initiative in which students write educational articles for local media about identified health needs in the rural communities in which they are doing their training. The project aims to teach and empower students to become impactful leaders for better health in the communities they serve.

News

National Rural Health Day
The Center for Rural Health celebrated National Rural Health Day on November 16 with a photo contest and a kids coloring page challenge.

North Dakota Tribes Receive Grants for Opioid Treatment and Recovery
North Dakota Department of Human Services' Behavioral Health Division awarded the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation; Spirit Lake Nation; Standing Rock Sioux Tribe; and Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians community grants to treat opioid use disorder, support recovery, and save lives by preventing overdose deaths on tribal lands.

Health Disparities in Rural Communities
Gary Hart, PhD, director of the CRH, addresses the health disparities in rural versus urban areas for an Association of American Medical Colleges' news article.

Rural Health Research Gateway Webinar: Financial Distress and Closure of Rural Hospitals
The Gateway webinar was the focus of an article in the Daily Yonder. According to a study that tracks "financial distress indicators" among rural hospitals, hospitals in southern states that serve disadvantaged communities, particularly minorities, have been the most likely to close in the last decade.

Mary Wakefield Named Visiting Scholar of Healthcare Policy
The University of North Dakota College of Nursing and Professional Disciplines appointed Mary Wakefield, PhD, as Visiting Scholar of Healthcare Policy. Wakefield is the former director of the Center for Rural Health. Her policy work focuses on improving the health status for vulnerable, underserved, and rural populations.

North Dakota Stroke System of Care Task Force Presents Awards
The North Dakota Department of Health recognized several critical access hospitals for their rapid response treatment and excellence in stroke care. The awards were presented at the State Stroke and Cardiac Conference held in Bismarck, North Dakota.

Funding & Other Opportunities

Rural Health Care Services Outreach Program Accepting Applications
The Federal Office of Rural Health Policy is accepting proposals for the Outreach Program grant through December 6. The community-based grant program aims to promote rural healthcare services by enhancing healthcare delivery in rural communities. You must be a rural nonprofit or rural public entity that represents a consortium of three or more healthcare providers to be eligible.

North Dakota HIT Planning Loan Program
This program provides low-interest loans to North Dakota healthcare entities to build their health information technology (HIT) infrastructure. The deadline to apply is January 18, 2018.

$200 Discount for New Rural Online Coding and Billing Specialist Certification
The National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) in cooperation with the Association for Rural Health Professional Coding are offering the discount to NOSORH members and anyone working in healthcare in rural communities, including providers.

CRH Events

April 10 - 11, 2018 2018 Mind Matters Conference
This conference will highlight innovative approaches and new systems of care for individuals living with brain injury.
Fargo, North Dakota
June 13 - 15, 2018 Dakota Conference on Rural and Public Health
This conference provides an opportunity for healthcare professionals, educators, and students to share strategies for building and sustaining healthy communities in North Dakota.
Grand Forks, North Dakota

Other Related Events

Publications

The Rural Monitor: Rural Health Care Services Outreach Program Supports Sustainable Change
In this article, learn how three Federal Office of Rural Health Policy awardees have used their funds to enhance healthcare access and create sustainable change.

Disrespect of Our Elders: Elder Abuse in Indian Country
The research brief, authored by Jacqueline Gray, PhD, from the CRH, is part of the Research to Practice series featured by the National Adult Protective Services Association and the National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse.

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) – FREE Publications
November is National Long-Term Care Awareness Month. NIMH has a free publication specifically geared toward Older Adults and Depression. It provides an overview of depression in older populations, risk factors, and treatment options. Visit NIMH's publications page to order or download.

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

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