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November 2019 Center for Rural Health Update

FOCUS on Rural Health

All of Us Research Program Makes Stops in North Dakota
In its efforts to enroll at least 1 million volunteers, the All of Us Research Program, established by the National Institutes of Health, visited three communities in North Dakota this year.


Celebrate National Rural Health Day (NRHD)
A variety of events and opportunities to celebrate the #PowerofRural are available through the month of November, especially on November 21. Some activities include:

Dakota Conference on Rural and Public Health
The 35th Annual Dakota Conference is an opportunity for healthcare professionals, educators, and students to network and share strategies for improving North Dakota healthcare. The 2020 conference is June 3-5 at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks, North Dakota.

Three North Dakota Students Receive Outstanding Research Awards
A trio of North Dakota students won Alan J. Allery Awards at the 2019 American Indian Health Research Conference in Grand Forks for their research.

More than 1,300 Students to Participate in Annual Scrubs Camps
Seventeen North Dakota communities are hosting Scrubs Camps in the program's 11th year. The camps are designed to teach youth about local healthcare career options.

Schroeder Presents at WONCA World Rural Health Conference
Shawnda Schroeder presented on the benefits of developing interdisciplinary teams and working with rural communities to conduct research with a local impact.

Cooperstown Medical Center Family Nurse Practitioner Recognized as 2019 "Community Star"
Receiving national honor, Debra Middleton was named a "Community Star" for being a North Dakota rural health leader.

Funding & Other Opportunities

Flex Program CAH Grant Applications
The CRH is currently accepting grant applications from Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs). The areas of focus that can be addressed through this initiative include CAH financial and operational analysis, chart audit, and collaborative population health improvement projects.
Deadline: December 5, 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

Rural Health Award Nominees Sought, Apply for Dakota Conference Scholarship Funds

CRH Events

November 20, 2019 Introducing the Rural Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Toolkit
The Rural Health Information Hub and the NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis are offering a free webinar on the Rural COPD Toolkit, which is designed to help rural communities identify and implement COPD programs.
November 21, 2019 National Rural Health Day
The CRH invites everyone to celebrate National Rural Health Day! Check out ways to celebrate.
November 21, 2019 Adverse Childhood Experiences & Trauma Informed Care
Join a virtual learning network hosted by the North Dakota Pediatric Mental Health TeleECHO.
November 22, 2019 Screening and Diagnosis (Epidemiology, Prediabetes)
Join a virtual learning network hosted by the North Dakota Diabetes Management TeleECHO.
November 25, 2019 Addressing Farm Stress Webinar Series
The Mountain Plains Mental Health Technology Transfer Center is hosting the first in a series of free webinars addressing farm stress.
November 26, 2019 Unmasking Brain Injury
Brain injury survivors are invited to create masks to represent their experiences.


Schroeder and Bauman Write New Toolkit for Gateway
Shawnda Schroeder, research associate professor at the CRH, and Sonja Bauman, research specialist at the CRH, revised a communication and dissemination toolkit for the Rural Health Research Gateway.

Great Plains Senior Services Collaborative
The Great Plains Senior Services Collaborative helps older adults living in North Dakota, Minnesota, and Montana age in place by providing social programs and healthcare coordination services.

New "Provider's Perspective" Video Available
This "Provider's Perspective" video from the North Dakota Brain Injury Network features a Fargo speech-language clinician as well as a brain injury survivor.

Featured Publication - Learn About Stress
This publication from the National Institute of Mental Health examines the five things people should know about stress.