June 2018 Center for Rural Health Update
FOCUS on Rural Health
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.
Dakota Conference on Rural and Public Health Award Winners
Rural Health Provider
Gary Ramage, MD, McKenzie County Healthcare Systems, Watford City
Rural Health Professional
Theo Stoller, Jacobson Memorial Care Center, Elgin
Rural Health Volunteer
Marilyn Evenson, Stanley
Karen Clementich, Lake Region State College, Devils Lake and Deb McAvoy, St. Aloisius, Harvey
Joshua Ranum, MD, West River Health Services, Hettinger
Health Legislator of the Year
Greg Westlind, District 15, Cando
Rural Health Program
Altru Health Systems Telemedicine Services, Grand Forks
Scrubs Camp of the Year
West River Health Services, Hettinger
Dakota Public Health Association (NDPHA) Public Health Worker of the Year
Jacob Davis, Prevent Child Abuse North Dakota
Outstanding Service Award
Holly Mayer-Taft, Indian Health Services, Parshall
Health Team of the Year Award
Bismarck-Burleigh Public Health, Bismarck
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
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
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.
Webinars from the Rural Health Research Gateway
The Rural Health Research Gateway's recent webinars are now available online, along with the transcripts and
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
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
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.
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.
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.