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February 2018 Center for Rural Health Update

FOCUS on Rural Health

Giving Back
Tara Brandner and Amy Holtan Ellingson are among those making use of loan repayment programs available to healthcare professionals willing to work in rural and underserved areas.


Former Director of the Center for Rural Health, Kevin Fickenscher, MD, is Featured Speaker
Dr. Kevin Fickenscher is a University of North Dakota (UND) School of Medicine & Health Sciences alumnus, Center for Rural Health (CRH) founder, and former UND faculty member. His company, CREO Strategic Solutions, helps healthcare institutions transform their operations and prepare for the future. Watch his presentation, The Health Care Transformation Imperative...Embracing the Value of Telecare.

North Dakota's POLST Program Endorsed by National POLST Paradigm Task Force
Honoring Choices North Dakota (HCND®) recently announced that the National Physician's Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) Paradigm Task Force has endorsed the North Dakota POLST Program. HCND® is the centralized, organizational home for the North Dakota POLST Program. HCND® has free advanced care planning tools and resources available for both laypeople and professionals on its website,

CRH Staffers Awarded UND Grand Challenge Seed Grant
Eric Souvannasacd and Collette Adamsen from the CRH and Courtney Souvannasacd from American Indian Student Services, received $3200 to support Indigenous research. Their proposal, "Helping Rural Communities Solve Their Unique Health and Social Problems" envisions the creation of a tribal research review board and research network in collaboration with North Dakota Tribal college leaders, faculty, staff, and research experts.

Funding & Other Opportunities

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

Health in Partnership with Education Week is March 4-10
Health in Partnership with Education (HIPE) Week is an opportunity for teachers and healthcare providers to team up to educate students about the opportunities that exist in the diverse field of healthcare. For ideas on how to promote health careers, visit North Dakota HOSA.

The Brain Health Online Summit
Each weekday during the month of March, you can hear from leading healthcare professionals, brain injury survivors, and advocates. This free online summit features brain health specialists who will share strategies, real-world experience, and clinical applications to help bring understanding to brain injury.

North Dakota Healthcare Professional Student Loan Repayment
The North Dakota Department of Health program offers matching loan repayment assistance to certain healthcare professionals who agree to practice in underserved areas of North Dakota.
Deadline: March 15

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 notification that a new publication is available.

CRH Events

March 13-14 NIEJI Title IV Cluster Training
National Indigenous Elder Justice Initiative (NIEJI) is offering training on how to develop an elder protection code.
Kansas City, Missouri
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

Other Related Events


Psychometric Evaluation of Depression Measures with Northern Plains Indians
Associate Director at the CRH, Jacque Gray, PhD, is part of a group that published the results of a study in the American Journal of Orthopsychiatry. The study assesses the validity and reliability of the measurements used to detect depression in Native American and Alaska Native populations.

Overcoming the Rural EMS Dilemma
This Rural Health Information Hub article features North Dakota and national emergency medical services (EMS) leaders who are working to address the shortage of EMS personnel in rural America.

Rural Health Research Gateway Releases RECAP
The RECAP examines opioid use in rural communities as well as the perceived need for and use of treatment services for opioid use disorder.

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 - ADHD
Did you know that attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is more common in males than females? However, females with ADHD are more likely to have problems with inattention. Learn more about the warning signs, causes, and treatments for ADHD.

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