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September 2019 Center for Rural Health Update

FOCUS on Rural Health

Return on Investment
The University of North Dakota (UND) RuralMed program has been supplying physicians to rural areas for more than a decade.


Schroeder Named Exceptional Reviewer for the Journal of Rural Health
Shawnda Schroeder of the Center for Rural Health (CRH) was recognized as an exceptional reviewer for the Journal of Rural Health based on the quality, frequency, and timeliness of her reviews.

Gray Presents on Elder Abuse
Jacque Gray, associate director and research professor at the CRH, gave three presentations on elder abuse at the Older Americans Act Title VI Training and Technical Assistance Conference in Minneapolis August 12-16.

Schroeder Named Co-chair of National Behavioral Health Workforce Work Group
Shawnda Schroeder will serve as co-chair of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration Mental Health Technology Transfer Center Network-wide Behavioral Health Workforce Work Group.

Gray Talks About Crisis Recovery, Resilience Team Development in Florida
Jacque Gray gave presentations on community crisis recovery and resilience team development in three Florida communities August 19-22.

Funding & Other Opportunities

Call for Presentations for 2020 Dakota Conference
Submit oral and poster presentations for the 2020 conference in Grand Forks, North Dakota.
Deadline: October 15

Host an R-COOL-Health Scrubs Camp in Your Community
Applications are being accepted for these one-day health career awareness camps.
Deadline: October 30

Rural Health Network Development Program is Accepting Applications
The Rural Health Network Development Program is accepting applications. Sponsored by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, the program supports integrated rural healthcare networks designed to address the healthcare needs of rural communities.
Deadline: November 25

Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota Caring Foundation Rural Health Grant Program
Proposals are being accepted for the Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota Caring Foundation Rural Health Grant Program. Among the program’s goals are to support events and programs that promote activity and wellness for all ages.
Deadline: January 8, 2020

3RNet Recruiting for Retention Academy
The CRH is sponsoring free registration for the 3RNet Recruiting for Retention Academy, a six-part webinar series focusing on recruitment and retention strategies and best practices.

CRH Events

October 28 - November 2, 2019 Primary Care Week
This annual event highlights the importance of primary care and brings healthcare professionals together to discuss and learn about generalist and interdisciplinary healthcare and its importance to underserved populations.
November 21, 2019 National Rural Health Day
The CRH invites everyone to celebrate National Rural Health Day! Show your facility or organization's support by signing up today.


RHIhub Launches Rural Suicide Prevention Toolkit
The Suicide Prevention Toolkit, now available from the Rural Health Information Hub (RHIhub), provides program examples and resources for developing suicide prevention programs in rural communities. It features the FirstLink Suicide Support Services program, based in Fargo, North Dakota.

New Rural Health Research Recaps
Two new Rural Health Recaps were recently released by the Rural Health Research Gateway. They include:

Gray Serves as Cultural Expert on Article about AI/AN Firefighters and Suicide
Jacque Gray provided her cultural expertise in co-authoring an article for Transcultural Psychiatry on “Suicidal Behaviors Among American Indian/Alaska Native Firefighters.”

Schroeder Co-authors Report on Training, Technical Assistance Needs of Mental Health Pros
Shawnda Schroeder co-authored “Training and Technical Assistance Needs: Findings from a Survey of Professionals Who Serve Individuals with Mental Illness in Region 8.” Region 8 includes North Dakota, South Dakota, Colorado, Montana, Utah, and Wyoming.

Recording of Healthy People 2020 Benchmarks Webinar Available
The recording of the Rural Health Research Gateway’s webinar “Have Healthy People 2020 Benchmarks for Leading Causes of Death Been Met in Rural and Urban Areas?” is available. During the webinar, researchers from the Southwest Rural Health Research Center reported findings from their analysis of death rates for seven major causes of death.

NDBIN Produces “Provider’s Perspective” Video
Emily Wangen and her music therapy techniques are featured in a video produced by the North Dakota Brain Injury Network.

Featured Publication - Postpartum Depression
This fact sheet from the National Institute of Mental Health looks at postpartum depression, feelings of extreme sadness, exhaustion, and anxiety that can affect women after childbirth.