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October 2019 Center for Rural Health Update

FOCUS on Rural Health

Sponsorships Help the Scrubs Academy Grow
North Dakota healthcare organizations are stepping up to help cover the costs of Scrubs Academy, where students learn about healthcare careers.


CHNA Team Visited 26 North Dakota Communities in 2019
The CRH Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) team has visited 26 North Dakota communities in 2019 in an effort to help them identify their changing health needs.

Sande Presents at National and International Conferences
Kristine Sande, an associate director at the Center for Rural Health (CRH), is scheduled to present at the WONCA World Rural Health Conference and National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health Annual Meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in October.

Davis Souvannasacd Participates on Panel at UND Conference
Courtney Davis Souvannasacd of the National Resource Center on Native American Aging at the CRH discussed Indigenous Peoples Day at the 19th Annual Red River Women's Studies Conference at the University of North Dakota (UND).

Elder Abuse Is Topic of Gray's October Conference Presentations
Jacque Gray, associate director and research professor at the CRH, discusses elder abuse at conferences in October.

Quinn Named to Editorial Board of The Brain Health Magazine
Rebecca Quinn, program director of the North Dakota Brain Injury Network, has joined the editorial board of the new publication, The Brain Health Magazine.

Funding & Other Opportunities

Call for Presentations for 2020 Dakota Conference
Dakota Conference staff is calling for oral and poster presentations for its 2020 conference in Grand Forks, North Dakota.
Deadline: October 23, 2019

Host an R-COOL-Health Scrubs Camp in Your Community
Applications are being accepted for the R-COOL-Health Scrubs Camps, one-day health career awareness camps in rural communities.
Deadline: October 30, 2019

National Rural Health Day Photo Contest and Activities
To celebrate National Rural Health Day, the CRH and the North Dakota Rural Health Association are holding the following activities:

  • Photo Contest - Use your creativity to show us what rural health means to you. Prizes will be awarded for both adult and youth. Deadline to submit a photo is November 15, 2019.
  • Coloring Page for Kids - Print this coloring page template and have your children/students (Pre-K to fifth grade) draw and write what rural health means to them. The CRH will put them on display.

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, 2019

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

CRH Events

October 19, 2019 American Indian Health Research Conference
This annual conference is a FREE event held at the UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences. This year's keynote speaker is Nicole Redvers, a member of the Deninu K'ue First Nation Band and a licensed practicing naturopathic doctor.
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! Check out ways to celebrate.


National Rural Health Day Video Available
This promotional video, produced by the CRH, is available to anyone looking to promote the #PowerOfRural. Feel free to link to this video on your website or on social media.

Article Examines Enhancing Services for Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Deafblind Patients
The Rural Monitor features a story examining the challenges faced by deaf, hard of hearing, and deafblind patients in rural America as well as showcasing organizations that have found ways to improve services.

Featured Publication - Coordinated Specialty Care
This fact sheet and checklist from the National Institute of Mental Health looks at coordinated specialty care for people with first episode psychosis.