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March 2018 Center for Rural Health Update

FOCUS on Rural Health

Making General Surgery Available to All in Rural North Dakota
Mary Aaland is a North Dakota native and University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences graduate. She leads the Rural Surgery Support Program to help recruit and retain rural surgeons. Her goal is to decrease the miles traveled for general surgery.


Center for Rural Health Staffer Awarded Grand Challenge Seed Grant
Shawnda Schroeder received a $3,200 University of North Dakota Seed Grant to propose research and seek additional financial support to study fluoride varnish application among pediatric patients in North Dakota. The results of the research will help inform healthcare providers and encourage widespread application of varnish, improving oral health for all pediatric patients.

Ten North Dakota Rural Hospitals Named in Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals
Ten North Dakota Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) are named 2018 Top 100 CAHs, by the Chartis Center for Rural Health for overall excellence in rural healthcare.

Funding & Other Opportunities

Join the Team at the Center for Rural Health
CRH is accepting applications for a research specialist and an information specialist.

Register Now for Early Bird Rates on Dakota Conference
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.
Early bird registration deadline: May 11

Medica Foundation Behavioral Health Grant Program
This initiative seeks proposals for programs that help people with serious mental illness and chemical addictions recover and lead productive lives in their communities.
Application deadline: April 6

National Healthcare Decisions Day is April 16
Join Honoring Choices North Dakota and other North Dakota organizations in a social media campaign the week before and the week after National Healthcare Decisions Day to promote the importance of advance care planning.

CRH Events

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
The Dakota 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


Jacobson Memorial Hospital Care Center and Clinics Economic Impact
Jacobson Memorial Hospital Care Center and Clinics is the largest charitable organization and employer in the Elgin and Glen Ullin, North Dakota area. Along with providing comprehensive healthcare to the community and surrounding areas, it also contributes to the area’s overall economic strength.

Rural Health Information Hub
Several topic guides have been updated with new FAQs and resources related to Rural Public Health Agencies, Substance Abuse in Rural Areas, and Critical Access Hospitals.

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 - Autism Spectrum Disorder
Autism Spectrum Disorder is a term for a group of developmental disorders and levels of impairment, including problems with social communication and interaction, repetitive behaviors, and difficulties that require help in the person’s daily life. Learn about the signs, spectrum levels, diagnosis, and treatment options.

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