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January 2018 Center for Rural Health Update

FOCUS on Rural Health

Native American Elder Veteran Serves Her Country and Her People
Carol Sims is a respected elder from the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa in Belcourt, North Dakota. She is proud of her military service, and she draws on that experience to inspire others.


NDBIN Launches a New Statewide Support Group
The North Dakota Brain Injury Network (NDBIN) and Community Options are offering a statewide monthly brain injury support group. The group meets the third Wednesday of the month from 1:00 to 3:00 pm Central. Anyone interested can participate through video conferencing at the regional Community Options sites.

NIEJI Announces Native Elder Abuse Innovation Awards 2018
The National Indigenous Elder Justice Initiative (NIEJI) Innovation program at the Center for Rural Health (CRH) at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences awards eight tribes from eight states funding to help address elder abuse.

CRH’s Renger Among Experts Who Chose Helmsley Scholarship Winners
Ralph Renger, PhD, CRH professor, was selected along with other health experts to judge written proposals and oral presentations by Montana medical students for the Billings Clinic Internal Medicine Residency Helmsley Scholarship program. Seven residents presented rural health specific research projects. The two residents selected each received $10,000.

Funding & Other Opportunities

Heroes Project
The National Resource Center on Native American Aging is seeking nominations of individuals who have dedicated their time, talent, and energy to help Native American elders in their communities. Please help us recognize individuals who have impacted the lives of Native elders in your communities or nationally.

Dakota Conference Outstanding Rural Health Award Nominations Needed
The Outstanding Rural Health Awards honor exceptional examples of North Dakota rural healthcare workers and organizations committed to improving the health of their communities and service areas. Please consider nominating people deserving of this recognition.
Deadline: February 1

Addressing Violence Against Women in Rural Areas
The U.S. Department of Justice will make 45 awards of up to $750,000 each to support projects in rural jurisdictions that address and prevent sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. City, county and state governments, Native American tribal governments, nonprofits, and public institutions of higher education are eligible to apply.
Deadline: January 31

R-COOL-Health Scrubs Academy Application
Scrubs Academy is a four-day, three-night camp held on the University of North Dakota campus. The academy is open to North Dakota students who have completed grades six through eight and are interested in healthcare professions. View highlight video.
Deadline: February 15

Dakota Conference on Rural and Public Health Registration
The conference is an opportunity for healthcare professionals, educators, and students to network and share strategies for improving North Dakota healthcare. The 2018 conference is June 13-15 at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks, North Dakota.
Exhibitor Registration Deadline: March 1

North Dakota Healthcare Professional Student Loan Repayment
The state of North Dakota has established loan repayment programs for healthcare professionals willing to provide services in areas of the state that have a defined need for such services.
Deadline: March 15

CRH Events

January 18 Strategies to Combat Opioid Use in Rural Communities Webinar
This presentation by John Gale, MS, of the University of Southern Maine examines a wide range of strategies that communities can use to battle the ongoing opioid epidemic in rural areas.
1:00 pm Central
March 4‑10 HIPE Week
Teachers and healthcare providers are encouraged to team up during Health in Partnership with Education (HIPE) week in North Dakota to promote health careers to elementary and secondary students.
April 10‑11 2018 Mind Matters Conference
This conference will feature innovative approaches and new systems of care for individuals living with a brain injury.
Fargo, North Dakota
June 13‑15 Dakota Conference on Rural and Public Health
This conference is an opportunity for North Dakota healthcare professionals, educators, and students to share strategies for building and sustaining healthy communities.
Grand Forks, North Dakota

Other Related Events


Chronic Disease in Rural America
This Rural Health Information Hub topic guide provides an overview of rural chronic disease considerations and specific chronic conditions, such as cancer, diabetes, HIV/AIDS, heart disease and stroke, arthritis, and chronic respiratory conditions. It also connects to related resources, model programs, funding, and more.

Rural Health Research Gateway Releases Two Policy Briefs
The briefs look at illicit drug and opioid use disorders and the perceived need and utilization of treatment services. Sign up for Rural Health Research Alerts to receive email notifications when new publications become available.

Higher Stress Among Minority and Low-Income Populations Can Lead to Health Disparities
According to a report by the American Psychological Association, racial/ethnic minority populations and people with lower incomes experience greater levels of stress than their more affluent, white counterparts. This can lead to significant disparities in both mental and physical health that ultimately affects life expectancy.

National Institute of Mental Health Outreach Partners Updates
The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) newsletter features new science and services news updates, resources, and funding information.

Featured NIMH Publication - Eating Disorders: About More Than Food
The free NIMH publication on eating disorders provides an overview of symptoms, risk factors, and treatment options.

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