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October 2018 Center for Rural Health Update

FOCUS on Rural Health

Community Stages “Skittle Skool” to Help Tackle Big Issues Facing Youth
Community agencies and services in Stanley, North Dakota, came together to address the opioid crisis with area high school students. Presenters addressed the youth through creative and interactive activities and conversations.


Center for Rural Health (CRH) Associate Director Receives Award
Jacque Gray, PhD, recently received the Dr. Duane Mackey "Waktaya Naji" Lecture/Award at the Great Plains Behavioral Health Conference in Rapid City, South Dakota. The award recognizes individuals who, in their addiction study career, have made significant contributions in education, research, mentoring, and services among American Indian and/or Alaska Native peoples.

CRH Research Assistant Professor Appointed to National Board
Shawnda Schroeder, PhD, has been appointed to a three-year term on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Rural Health (JRH) starting January 1, 2019. The JRH is the scholarly journal published quarterly by the National Rural Health Association. The JRH advances professional practice, research, theory development, and public policy related to rural health.

Funding & Other Opportunities

Dakota Conference on Rural and Public Health
Rural and public health professionals are encouraged to submit abstracts for the 2019 Dakota Conference.
Deadline: October 19

2018-2019 North Dakota Flex RFP Released
The North Dakota Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Program annual request for proposals is now open to all North Dakota Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs). The three areas of focus of this initiative include CAH comprehensive revenue cycle management analysis, CAH chart audit activities, and collaborative population health activities.
Deadline: November 1

North Dakota Small Rural Hospital Improvement Grant Program (SHIP) Application
The 2019-2020 North Dakota SHIP annual RFP is now open to North Dakota CAHs. The purpose of SHIP is to help small rural hospitals of less than 50 beds implement quality and operational improvement efforts.
Deadline: November 13

Rural Health Network Development Planning Funding Opportunity Announced
This Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) grant supports one year of planning with the primary goal of integrating rural healthcare systems and helping them create a foundation for their infrastructure to better align resources and strategies.
Deadline: November 30

National Rural Health Day Photo and Video Contests
To celebrate National Rural Health Day, CRH and North Dakota Rural Health Association are holding the following contests:

  • Photo Contest - Use your creativity to show us what rural health means to you. Prizes will be awarded for both adult and youth. Open to all ages.
  • Student Video Challenge - The video will depict what the "Power of Rural" means to them. A $250 prize will be awarded to the winning team. Open to middle, junior, and high school students.

Sign Up for Gateway Research Alerts
The Rural Health Research Gateway provides access to publications and projects funded through the FORHP. Alerts provide periodic updates when new publications become available. You can also follow Gateway on Facebook or Twitter.

CRH Events

October 20 16th Annual American Indian Health Research Conference
This free conference will focus on research about cancer among American Indians. It is also an opportunity for participants to network and partner with communities, tribal colleges, and researchers.
Grand Forks, North Dakota
October 23 Webinar on Benefits of Gateway for State Offices of Rural Health & Rural Community Programs
The Rural Health Research Gateway is hosting a free webinar presented by Dr. Shawnda Schroeder. Schroeder will highlight the key benefits of Gateway, how to use the resources available, and why rural health research is important for rural community and healthcare facility planning.
2:30 pm Central
October 29 - November 3 National Primary Care Week
This is an annual event highlighting the importance primary care has on underserved populations. The University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences is hosting a healthcare career fair, educational sessions, and networking opportunities during the week.
November 1 Webinar on Rural Hospital Mergers and Acquisitions: 2005-2016
The Rural Health Research Gateway is hosting a free webinar presented by Dunc Williams Jr. and Dr. George Pink. They will discuss one of their recent studies describing the number and geographic distribution of 380 rural hospital mergers.
12:30 pm Central
November 9 Full Spectrum Opioid Seminar for Medical Providers and Students
This seminar will address current concepts in the assessment, treatment, and prevention of opioid addiction, including current guidelines for medication-assisted treatments, local and state resource sharing options, and ECHO as a cost-effective option in rural areas.
Grand Forks, North Dakota
November 15 National Rural Health Day
Make plans to celebrate the #powerofrural on November 15. It's a chance to highlight the unique healthcare challenges that rural residents face and showcase the efforts of those addressing these challenges.


Trauma Training Initiative Teaches Rural Laypeople How to "Stop the Bleed"
This Rural Monitor article features the "Stop the Bleed" trauma training initiative taught to North Dakota residents. The program teaches ordinary citizens how to pack wounds and apply tourniquets in order to improve survival rates until medical attention arrives.

CRH Staff Research on AI/AN/NH Dental Issues Published
The Journal of Aging and Health published the results of a study on American Indian/Alaska Native/Native Hawaiian dental care utilization and service needs. The study was conducted by Shawnda Schroeder, PhD, Collette Adamsen, PhD, and Cole Ward, all of the CRH.

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 - Generalized Anxiety Disorder: When Worry Gets Out of Control
Occasional anxiety in your life is normal, but people with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) feel extremely worried and nervous and find it difficult to control their anxiety and stay focused on daily tasks. Learn what causes GAD, what it is like to have GAD, and how it can be treated.