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May 2018 Center for Rural Health Update

FOCUS on Rural Health

A Medical Journalist Insider
Kay Miller Temple writes and edits web articles for the Rural Health Information Hub. Her journey to becoming a rural health journalist is much different from the path taken by the other health writers at the Center for Rural Health (CRH).


BCBSND Caring Foundation Partners with CRH on Grants Supporting Health of Rural North Dakotans
Several North Dakota entities earned grants from the Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota Caring Foundation. The Rural Health Grant Program provides funds for activities, supplies, programs, and events that support the health and wellness of rural North Dakotans while also demonstrating collaborative efforts between rural providers and their communities.

North Dakota Epidemiological Profile on Key Substance Abuse Indicators
The profile identifies prevalence, consequences, and modifiable risk factors in North Dakota for alcohol, tobacco, illicit drugs, and prescription drug misuse. The CRH, the North Dakota Department of Human Services, and the State Epidemiological Outcomes Workgroup (SEOW) partnered on this project.

Rural Health Research Center Program Celebrates 30 Years
The Rural Health Research Gateway, at the CRH, and the federally funded Rural Health Research Centers are marking 30 years of rural research, and we invite you to join in the celebration.

Funding & Other Opportunities

North Dakota Conrad 30 J-1 Visa Waiver Program
This Visa Waiver Program offers a J-1 Visa waiver to international medical graduates who commit to working for three years in an underserved area of North Dakota.

Webinar: Engaging Learners in Addressing Rural Population Health
Yvonne Jonk, PhD, and David Schmitz, MD, from the University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences will present a webinar on radon gas exposure. The webinar will focus on engaging students as well as primary care providers who work in high-risk areas to raise awareness among their patients and encourage them to test and remediate their homes.
May 24 at 12:00 pm Central

CRH Events

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
June 17 North Dakota World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Forum
National Indigenous Elder Justice Initiative (NIEJI) and the Turtle Mountain Tribal Council are hosting a forum to raise awareness about elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation.
Sky Dancer Casino, Belcourt, North Dakota
10:00 am - 4:00 pm Central


Guide for Dental Screening for New Nursing Home Residents
Shawnda Schroeder, PhD, and Nathan Fix, MPH, both from the CRH, authored a guide that provides a template for nursing home administrators and dental professionals to help ensure all nursing home residents, upon admission, receive dental screenings by dental professionals. They also created a fact sheet on Evaluation of the Long Term Care Oral Health Program. In addition, Schroeder wrote two more related fact sheets, Dental Screening and Daily Care for Nursing Home Residents: A Promising Practice and a similar publication aimed just at North Dakota.

North Dakota Behavioral Health System Study
Information from the CRH Telebehavioral Health and Workforce Intervention reports are included in the North Dakota Department of Human Services Comprehensive Behavioral Health System Study report.

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 - Depression in Women: 5 Things You Should Know
Depression is more common among women than men, likely due to certain biological, hormonal, and social factors that are unique to women. Learn about the types of depression that are unique to women and how they can be treated.

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