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June 2018 Center for Rural Health Update

FOCUS on Rural Health

Project ECHO: Changing North Dakota Fast
Project ECHO is using video technology to address the opioid epidemic by connecting specialists at academic or specialty health center "hub sites" with community-based primary care teams.


2018 Dakota Conference on Rural and Public Health Award Winners

RHIhub Unveils Rural Data Visualizations Feature
The Rural Health Information Hub's Rural Data Visualizations use data from federal and other publicly available sources to illustrate issues that affect rural health. The visualizations utilize a range of tools including maps, charts, and graphs that show how rural areas compare at the county, state, and national level.

North Dakota Suicide Rate Increases More Than 57%
According to the latest Vital Signs report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, North Dakota's suicide rate increased 57.6% from 1999-2016. Across the study period, rates increased in nearly all states with 25 states having an increase of more than 30%.

Funding & Other Opportunities

North Dakota RuralMed Program
University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences (UND SMHS) 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. The program accepts applications from first-year medical students who are enrolled at the UND SMHS.

Archived Webinars from the Rural Health Research Gateway
The Rural Health Research Gateway's recent webinars are now available online, along with the transcripts and presentation slides.

Free HIPAA Training for Small Healthcare Providers in North Dakota
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights, is conducting Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) training to assist smaller healthcare provider organizations in understanding their responsibilities under the HIPAA Privacy, Security, and Breach Notification Rules. Healthcare providers, such as dental, medical, chiropractic, physical therapy, mental health, optometric, and emergency medical services personnel, are eligible for this free training.

  • Minot, July 12, 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
  • Grand Forks, July 13, 8:30 am – 12:30 pm

North Dakota Community Foundation Statewide Greatest Needs Grant Program
An eligible nonprofit or government agency from anywhere in North Dakota may apply for up to $5,000 for a project or program each year.
Deadline to apply: July 31

CRH Events

June 25‑28 R-COOL-Health Scrubs Academy
Watch the R COOL Health Scrubs Academy Facebook page all next week to follow the students' adventures in health careers.


RHIhub Topic Guide: Rural Response to the Opioid Crisis
This guide helps you learn about activities, initiatives, and funding opportunities to address the opioid crisis in rural communities at the national, state, and local levels.

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 - Men and Depression
Men and women both experience depression but their symptoms can be very different. Because men who are depressed may appear to be angry or aggressive instead of sad, their families, friends, and even their doctors may not always recognize the anger or aggression as depression symptoms.