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April 2018 Center for Rural Health Update

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Unmasking Brain Injury
The results of brain injuries often can't be seen. Survivors, however, are finding their voices through the Unmasking Brain Injury project launched by the North Dakota Brain Injury Network.


North Dakota First Lady Talks Behavioral Health with CRH Staff
North Dakota First Lady Kathryn Helgaas Burgum met with faculty and staff from the Center for Rural Health (CRH) to discuss behavioral health issues, initiatives, and research.

Dakota Conference Fraud Alert Notice
An email has been circulating that claims the recipient has been selected to receive free registration to the Dakota Conference on Rural and Public Health on June 13-15. This email was not sent from the CRH. It is a phishing attempt. Do NOT click on any links and just delete the message.

CRH Faculty and Staff Have Research Published by CDC
As part of the National Resource Center on Native American Aging, CRH colleagues Collette Adamsen and Shawnda Schroeder, PhD, and former faculty member Paula Carter surveyed American Indian/Alaska Native elders and assessed the influence of income, employment, and education on the prevalence of chronic disease.

NIEJI Conducts Positive Outcomes Training in Alaska
Jacque Gray, PhD, and Melissa Wheeler from the CRH National Indigenous Elder Justice Initiative conducted Positive Outcomes Training April 9 and 10 at the University of Alaska Anchorage. The trainings introduced elder justice to those who work with Alaska Native elders in urban and/or rural areas.

Honoring Choices North Dakota Promotes National Healthcare Decisions Week
The initiative is linked to National Healthcare Decisions Day, which encourages adults to make end-of-life wishes known through advance care planning.

Funding & Other Opportunities

Project ECHO® Clinics Available for Viewing and Continuing Medical Education Credit
The North Dakota Project ECHO clinic recordings are part of the statewide effort to expand treatment of substance use disorders, specifically opioid use disorders. To watch the recorded sessions, either login or register for an account.

Register Now for Early Bird Rates on Dakota Conference
The Dakota Conference on Rural and Public Health is June 13-15 at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks, North Dakota.
Early bird registration deadline: May 11

North Dakota RuralMed Program
The University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences offers medical students full tuition in the form of a forgivable loan in return for a five-year service agreement to practice family medicine or general surgery in rural North Dakota upon graduation.
Application deadline: July 1

Medica Foundation Early Childhood Health Grant
This funding priority seeks proposals that focus on developing healthy families to foster optimal growth and development of young children.
Application deadline: May 11

CRH Events

April 24 RHIhub Webinar on Understanding the Impact of Suicide in Rural America
The National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services is presenting a policy brief covering the impact of suicide on rural America.
1:00 pm Central
April 26 Webinar on Diminishing Access to Rural Maternity Care
This presentation by Carrie Henning-Smith, deputy director of the University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center, examines loss of access to rural maternity care and the resulting changes in birth locations and outcomes.
12:00 pm Central
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


St. Aloisius Medical Center's Economic Impact on Wells County
This flyer shows the economic impact St. Aloisius Medical Center (SAMC) has in the area. SAMC is the largest employer in Wells County and Harvey, North Dakota. Along with providing comprehensive healthcare to the community and surrounding areas, it also contributes to the area’s overall economic strength.

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 - Bipolar Disorder
Do you know someone who has extreme mood changes that affect relationships or employment? They may be suffering from bipolar disorder. Our featured publication addresses this serious brain illness. Learn about the symptoms, treatment, and support available for those dealing with this illness.

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