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February 2019 Center for Rural Health Update

FOCUS on Rural Health

Physician Assistant Fulfills Her Passion in Cooperstown
Rural healthcare facilities across the country often struggle to attract health professionals to their communities. Cooperstown Medical Center recently hired a newly graduated physician assistant looking to make her home in a rural area.


Help Promote Brain Injury Awareness Month
March is recognized nationally as Brain Injury Awareness Month. The North Dakota Brain Injury Network (NDBIN) wants to partner with YOU to help promote brain injury awareness in your community.

CHI St. Alexius Health in Carrington Hosts Scrubs Camp
More than 40 middle school students from Carrington Public School learned about health occupations and career opportunities available in the local area.

Gray Named AFLA Fellow
Jacqueline Gray of the Center for Rural Health was named a fellow in the Academic Feminist Leadership Academy.

Nine of Top 100 CAHs Are Located in North Dakota
Nine North Dakota Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) were named among the Top 100 CAHs in the U.S.

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

NDBIN Playing Cards Promote Brain Injury Awareness
NDBIN is offering free decks of brain injury playing cards as a new promotional and educational item. Not only can card games help improve brain function, these cards have the added benefit of helping families, friends, and survivors create conversation and understanding around brain injury.

Special Health Services Funding Available
The North Dakota Health Department has funding available for multidisciplinary clinics; medical home recognition or pediatric medical home system improvement projects; and family-led health information, education, consultation, and support programs.
Deadline: February 25, 2019 (Letter of intent)

North Dakota Dentists Loan Repayment Program
This program, sponsored by the North Dakota Department of Health, offers loan repayment assistance to dentists who agree to practice in a public health setting, nonprofit clinic, or in a practice with a focus on underserved populations in North Dakota.
Deadline: March 15, 2019

CRH Events

March 2019 Brain Injury Awareness Month
The North Dakota Brain Injury Network has many activities planned and resources available for Brain Injury Awareness Month in March.
March 27‑28, 2019 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


CRH Staff Author Recap on Hospital Quality of Care Measures
Shawnda Schroeder and Sonja Bauman wrote a Rural Health Research Recap that examines hospital quality of care measures and the difficulties in developing quality measures, particularly for rural hospitals with low patient volumes.

Peer Support Specialists Care for and Connect Rural Behavioral Health Clients
This Rural Health Information Hub (RHIhub) Rural Monitor article examines how peer support specialists can bridge the needed gap with service, provider, and community needs in rural areas. It also features the work CRH’s own Rebecca Quinn is doing with peer support specialists in North Dakota.

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 - Borderline Personality Disorder
Individuals with borderline personality often experience mood swings, self-image uncertainty, and impulsive behavior. This free publication discusses the causes, treatment, and ongoing research to improve diagnosis and treatment of this disorder.