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December 2018 Center for Rural Health Update

FOCUS on Rural Health

Peer Support Specialist Training Program Making Life-Saving Impact
Peer support specialists are trained to use their experiences in recovery to help others going through the recovery process.


Center for Rural Health Writer Selected for National Rural Health Program
Kay Miller Temple, MD, is as one of 15 fellows selected in the National Rural Health Association's 2019 Rural Health Fellows program. Miller Temple is a web writer for the Rural Health Information Hub located at the Center for Rural Health (CRH), University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences (UND SMHS).

NRCNAA Director Earns $385,000 AARP Urban Indian Elder Project Research Award
Collette Adamsen, PhD, garnered a $385,000 research award from the American Association of Retired Persons for the Urban Indian Elder Project. Adamsen is the director of the National Resource Center on Native American Aging at the CRH at the UND SMHS.

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.

Funding & Other Opportunities

Healthcare Professional Student Loan Repayment Program
North Dakota has established loan repayment assistance to certain medical professionals who agree to practice in a health professional shortage area in the state.

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

North Dakota HIT Planning Loan Program
The North Dakota Health Information Technology Advisory Committee has low-interest loans for healthcare entities in North Dakota to build their health information technology (HIT) infrastructure.
Deadline: January 15, 2019

The 2019 NARMH Call for Presentations
The National Association for Rural Mental Health conference in Santa Fe, New Mexico, is an interdisciplinary and collaborative event that addresses mental health practice, research, policy, and advocacy in rural populations. This year’s conference theme is “From Surviving to Thriving: Embracing Connections.”
Deadline: February 1, 2019

Now Accepting Outstanding Rural Health Awards Nominations
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. Awardees will be honored at the 2019 Dakota Conference on Rural and Public Health.
Deadline: February 1, 2019

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

National Academy of Medicine Is Calling on Young Leaders to Visualize Health Equity
This project asks people ages 5 to 26 to share their artistic visions of what the world might look like when everyone has an equal chance to be healthy, safe, and happy.
Deadline: February 28, 2019

CRH Events

January 9, 2019 Opioids and Psychotropic Medication Management
Online clinic session provided by Project ECHO: Management of Opioid Use Disorder
Presented by: Amy Werremeyer, PharmD, BCPP
12:00 - 1:00 pm Central
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
June 11‑13, 2019 Dakota Conference on Rural and Public Health
This conference is an opportunity for North Dakota healthcare professionals, educators, and students to share strategies for building and sustaining healthy communities.
Minot, North Dakota
Other Related Events


UND SMHS Biennial Report
The Fifth Biennial Report: Health Issues for the State of North Dakota, 2019 provides a detailed look at the status of health, healthcare delivery, and healthcare workforce across the state. An Executive Summary is also available.

Rural Tribal Health Topic Guide
This updated RHIhub topic guide provides an overview of rural tribal health, including information about the Indian Health Service, the Tribal Self-Governance Program, health disparities, model programs, tribal participatory research, and more.

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 - Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
According to the National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, about seven or eight of every 100 people will experience PTSD at some point in their lives. Learn who is at risk, the symptoms, and how PTSD can be treated.