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January 2019 Center for Rural Health Update

FOCUS on Rural Health

Driven by Data, Fueled by Figures, Stoked by Statistics
The North Dakota Healthcare Workforce Group provides data driven recommendations that help direct rural health programs, policies, and policymakers.


Outstanding Rural Health Award Nominees Sought
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 worthy of this recognition. Nominations are due February 1.

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.

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.

CRH Researcher Earns $115,000 Behavioral Health Workforce Development Research Award
CRH Senior Research Analyst Mandi-Leigh Peterson, MA, garnered a $115,000 award from the North Dakota Department of Health for behavioral health workforce development research.

CRH Associate Director Co-Authors National Academy of Medicine Paper
Jacqueline S. Gray, PhD, was part of a recently published National Academy of Medicine Perspectives discussion paper identifying resources that work to prevent injury and abuse in elders and help those who have experienced these tragedies deal with the ramifications.

Funding & Other Opportunities

Project ECHO® Clinics Available for Viewing and Continuing Medical Education Credit
The North Dakota Project ECHO clinic recordings are part of the statewide effort to expand treatment of substance use disorders, specifically opioid use disorders. You will need to create a CME attendee portal account before you can watch the recorded sessions.

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.
Deadline: March 15, 2019

CRH Events

January 23, 2019 Occupational Therapy's Role in Psychosocial Pain Management Interventions
This Project ECHO® online clinic session addresses common occupational therapy interventions that may be beneficial in promoting client health and wellness in the area of pain management.
Presented by: Anne Haskins, PhD, OTR/L
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


Rural Philanthropy Toolkit
The Rural Health Information Hub (RHIhub) released a new toolkit that provides guidance in preparing for, establishing, and sustaining relationships with philanthropies. This toolkit includes resources, guidance on outreach efforts, model programs, and more.

North Dakota Substance Use Data Booklet is Now Available
This booklet shares facts, statistics, and infographics to tell the story of substance use in North Dakota. The information in this booklet is from the 2018 North Dakota Epidemiological Profile.

SWHS Economic Impact on Southwest North Dakota
This informational flyer shows the economic impact Southwest Healthcare Services (SWHS) has in Bowman County and the surrounding communities in southwest North Dakota. Along with providing comprehensive healthcare, SWHS also contributes to the area's overall economic strength.

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 - Schizophrenia
This serious mental disorder affects how a person thinks, feels, and behaves. People with schizophrenia may seem like they have lost touch with reality. Learn about causes, symptoms, and treatment options.