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June 2019 Center for Rural Health Update

FOCUS on Rural Health

Helping Where Needed
As behavioral health has moved to the forefront as a significant health issue, the Center for Rural Health (CRH) has become involved in several related projects.


Rural and Public Health Awardees Honored
The 2019 Outstanding Rural and Public Health Award recipients were recognized at the Dakota Conference on Rural and Public Health’s annual banquet on June 12 in Minot, North Dakota.

Adamsen and Ward Present at Title VI Cluster Training
Collette Adamsen and Cole Ward of the National Resource Center on Native American Aging at the CRH gave two presentations at the 2019 Title VI Cluster Training in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Gray Gives Presentation in Remote Alaskan Village
Jacque Gray of the CRH talked about elder abuse at a conference that gathered representatives from 43 villages in the interior of Alaska.

Schroeder Named to Research Committee
Shawnda Schroeder, a research assistant professor for the CRH, was elected to the University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences' Research Committee.

North Dakota Hospitals Named Among Top 20 in U.S.
Several Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) in North Dakota have been named among the 20 highest-ranked CAHs in the U.S. or were singled out as Best Practice recipients by the National Rural Health Association.

Funding & Other Opportunities

NDBIN Offers Online Brain Injury Courses
The North Dakota Brain Injury Network (NDBIN) is offering free online brain injury courses. The five courses can help professionals, survivors, and family members learn more about brain injury. In addition, the courses offer continuing education units for a number of disciplines.

AHEC Scholars Program
Applications are being sought for Area Health Education Center (AHEC) Scholars, a nationally recognized, two-year certificate program for health professions students interested in supplementing their education by gaining additional knowledge and experience in rural and/or underserved North Dakota settings.

CRH Events

June 27, 2019 Webinar: Targeted Rural Health Education
This webinar will help participants identify informational sources and potential topics for student-led writing activities; create a mechanism to connect students with writing experts for editing; and identify opportunities to make students aware of the Targeted Rural Health Education opportunity.
12:00 – 1:00 pm Central
July 23‑24, 2019 Certified Brain Injury Specialist Training
The North Dakota Brain Injury Network is bringing free Certified Brain Injury Specialist (CBIS) training to North Dakota. CBIS is the only voluntary certification for brain injury and is seen as the gold standard nationwide.
Fargo, North Dakota


RHIhub Shares Rural Telehealth Toolkit
The Rural Telehealth Toolkit, from the Rural Health Information Hub (RHIhub), provides program examples and resources for developing a telehealth program to address access issues in rural America. It features the North Dakota Telepharmacy Project developed at North Dakota State University.

Video Offers Information on COPD
Learn more about chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) from a new video produced by RHIhub. The video looks at COPD's rural disparity and outlines the efforts needed to impact the disease.

Article Examines Hospice in Rural America
The Rural Monitor features a story on the importance of rural hospice services.

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 - Helping Children and Adolescents Cope with Traumatic Events
When traumatic events such as natural disasters, accidents, or acts of violence occur, they affect children and adolescents too. Learn how you can help children begin the recovery process and overcome these experiences.