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November 2018 Center for Rural Health Update

FOCUS on Rural Health

Crowdsourcing Physician Recruitment
The small town of Grafton, North Dakota, is using a community team approach to recruit two family physicians for their hospital.


National Rural Health Day Recap
This day brings focus to specific healthcare issues facing rural communities. Check out highlights from this year's event.

Dakota Conference on Rural and Public Health
The 34th Annual Dakota Conference is an opportunity for healthcare professionals, educators, and students to network and share strategies for improving North Dakota healthcare. The 2019 conference is June 11-13 at the Clarion Hotel and Convention Center in Minot, North Dakota.

RHIhub Director Interview on Rural Health Leadership Radio
Kristine Sande, associate director at the University of North Dakota (UND) CRH and program director of the Rural Health Information Hub, discusses rural health on a special episode for National Rural Health Day.

Several North Dakotans Recognized as 2018 "Community Stars"
On National Rural Health Day, seven North Dakotans and one North Dakota program appeared in the 2018 Community Stars book. The publication features inspiring stories of people and organizations from across the country that embody the true Power of Rural.

Eighteen North Dakota Rural Hospitals Receive National Recognition
There are 18 North Dakota rural hospitals that are recipients of the 2018 National Organization of State Offices Rural Health Performance Leadership Awards. The awards spotlight high achievement in the areas of quality, outcomes, and patient perspective.

Funding & Other Opportunities

Rural Health Network Development Planning Funding Opportunity
This Federal Office of Rural Health Policy 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

Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota Caring Foundation Rural Health Grant Program
This grant program funds projects involving collaborative efforts of rural providers and their communities that support physical activity and wellness for all ages.
Deadline: January 9, 2019

Rural Communities Opioid Response Program - Planning
This program provides planning grants to strengthen the capacity of multi-sector consortia to address substance use disorder, including opioid use disorder in high-risk rural counties.
Deadline: January 15, 2019

Now Accepting Award Nominations for the Dakota Conference
The Outstanding Rural Health Awards honor exceptional examples of North Dakota rural healthcare workers and organizations committed to improving the health of their communities and service areas. Consider nominating people deserving of this recognition.
Deadline: February 1, 2019

Scrubs Academy Accepting Applications
The UND Rural Collaborative Opportunities for Occupational Learning in Health (R-COOL-Health) Scrubs Academy is a four-day/three-night camp held on the UND campus. The academy is an opportunity for middle school students from across North Dakota to experience careers in healthcare.
Deadline: February 15, 2019

North Dakota Federal State Loan Repayment Program
The North Dakota Department of Health offers loan repayment assistance to health professionals who agree to practice in a health professional shortage area of North Dakota.

CRH Events

March 27‑28, 2019 Save the Date: 2019 Mind Matters Conference
This two-day annual conference highlights new research, innovative approaches, and new systems of care for individuals living with a brain injury. Brain injury experts will lead discussions, conduct lectures, and present case studies.
Mandan, North Dakota


Medical School and Interstate Balance of Trade Among Direct Patient Care Physicians in North Dakota
This topic brief looks at where North Dakota physicians attended medical school and where North Dakota medical students are practicing with an emphasis on specific specialties.

Rural Communities: Age, Income, and Health Status
This Rural Health Research Gateway Recap identifies and discusses rural disparities in age, health status, and income.

North Dakota Brain Injury Network Newsletter
The fall issue features an update on the North Dakota Brain Injury Council, the concussion discussion event held in Bismarck, North Dakota, and the brain injury training held in Dickinson, North Dakota.

UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences 2018 Vital Signs
Vital Signs serves as an annual report detailing what's currently going on at the UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences.

National Institute of Mental Health Outreach Partners Update
The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) newsletter features new science and services news updates, resources, and funding information.

Featured NIMH Publication - Panic Disorder: When Fear Overwhelms
People with panic disorder have sudden and repeated attacks of fear that last for several minutes or longer. Learn about the signs, symptoms, causes, and treatments for panic disorder in this free publication.