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July 2018 Center for Rural Health Update

FOCUS on Rural Health

Center for Rural Health Founder Is a Mover and Shaker in Rural Healthcare
Kevin Fickenscher, MD, was the founding director of the Center for Rural Health. He recently returned to the University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences for a visit with students and faculty about his vision for the future of rural medicine.


Highlight Video of the 2018 Dakota Conference
The 2018 Dakota Conference on Rural and Public Health was held on June 13-15. It was an informative, educational, and fun way for rural health professionals, providers, and students to network and share ideas to improve healthcare for all of North Dakota.

Highlight Video of the Scrubs Academy
The UND Rural Collaborative Opportunities for Occupational Learning in Health (R-COOL-Health) Scrubs Academy was held June 25-28. It encourages middle school students from across North Dakota to pursue careers in healthcare. This video highlights some of the hands-on activities students participated in and the information they received on a variety of healthcare professions.

National Rural Health Resource Center Hospital Spotlight: Presentation Medical Center
The senior leadership team at Presentation Medical Center is guided by the principle that progress starts with a strong and engaged leadership team. This is evident in the outcomes of its Small Rural Hospital Transition project.

Funding & Other Opportunities

Rural Communities Opioid Response-Planning Program
Successful awardees will receive up to $200,000 for one year to develop plans to implement opioid use disorder prevention, treatment, and recovery interventions designed to reduce opioid overdoses among rural populations.
Deadline: July 30

National Rural Health Day Community Star Nominations Open
The National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health is seeking nominations for "Community Stars," a collection of touching and impactful stories that embody the real "power of rural." Nominate someone who is making a difference in rural health, and help us celebrate the #PowerofRural.
Deadline: August 24

North Dakota Community Foundation Statewide Greatest Needs Grant Program
The North Dakota Community Foundation provides support to projects that are current and important to the specific needs of communities throughout North Dakota.
Deadline: July 31

North Dakota Health Information Technology Fund
The Health Information Technology Fund provides low interest loans to healthcare entities to help them improve their health information technology infrastructure.

CRH Events

October 13 American Indian Health Research Conference
This conference showcases all areas of health research done by students and faculty and provides a forum for collaborating on culturally appropriate research.

Other Related Events


Summer Edition of Native Aging Visions
The National Resource Center on Native American Aging (NRCNAA) newsletter features informational articles on oral care, pancreatitis, and other stories about NRCNAA activities. In addition, readers are treated to a delicious recipe for Wojapi, a traditional Native American berry sauce.

Energy Capital Cooperative Child Care (ECCCC) Featured in RHIhub Models and Innovations
The ECCCC is a nonprofit cooperative formed by eight employers in Mercer County to provide part-time and full-time childcare for their employees' and communities' children.

Sakakawea Medical Center and Coal Country Community Health Center's Economic Impact
The Sakakawea Medical Center (SMC) and Coal Country Community Health Centers (CCCHC) create jobs and contribute to the economy throughout Mercer County. SMC is located in Hazen, North Dakota, and employs 138 people. CCCHC, with clinics in Beulah, Hazen, Killdeer, and Center, employs 115 people.

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 Basics
Depression is a mood disorder that causes distressing symptoms that affect how you feel, think, and handle daily activities, such as sleeping, eating, or working. Learn about the common forms of depression, the signs and symptoms, and treatment options.