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December 2019 Center for Rural Health Update

FOCUS on Rural Health

Giving Is Receiving
West River Health Services in Hettinger, North Dakota, partners with its Foundation to ensure a strong healthcare workforce now and in the future.


Davis Souvannasacd Chosen for Native Nation Rebuilders Fellowship Program
Courtney Davis Souvannasacd is among 15 Native leaders chosen for the Native Governance Center's Native Nation Rebuilders fellowship program.

Dakota Conference on Rural and Public Health
The Dakota Conference provides an opportunity for healthcare professionals, educators, and students to share strategies for building and sustaining healthy communities in North Dakota. The 2020 Dakota Conference will be held June 3-5 at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks, North Dakota.

Funding & Other Opportunities

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

December 18, 2019 National Resource Center on Native American Aging (NRCNAA) Celebrating 25 Years
NRCNAA is celebrating its 25th anniversary. Several former directors and advocates for the organization will be honored.
December 20, 2019 Medications/Medication Algorithms: Noninjectables
Join a virtual learning network hosted by the North Dakota Diabetes Care TeleECHO.
January 23, 2020 Webinar: Rural Disparities in Health and Healthcare by Race and Ethnicity
The Rural Health Research Gateway is hosting a free webinar on Rural Disparities in Health and Healthcare by Race and Ethnicity. Researchers from the University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center will present their study findings.


New "Provider's Perspective" Video Available
The latest "Provider's Perspective" video from the North Dakota Brain Injury Network features North Dakota Assistive, a nonprofit organization that strives to bring assistive technology devices and services to all North Dakotans and Minnesotans who need them.

CDFIs "Make Dreams Come True" by Creating Opportunity in Rural Spaces
An article in the Rural Monitor looks at Community Development Financial Institutions, a source of support for rural health efforts.

Saint Andrew's Health Center's Economic Impact
This informational flyer shows the economic impact Saint Andrew's Health Center (SAHC) in Bottineau, North Dakota, has on the area. Along with providing comprehensive healthcare, SAHC also contributes to the area's overall economic strength.

Rural Response to Farmer Mental Health and Suicide Prevention
This new issue guide, presented by the Rural Health Information Hub, provides information about resources and promising rural programs that are addressing the mental health needs of farming communities.

Farm Stress and Mental Health
The Mountain Plains Mental Health Technology Transfer Center has a Farm Stress and Mental Health resources page.

Featured Publication - Children and Mental Health
This publication from the National Institute of Mental Health examines whether a child's behavior is just a stage and when to seek help.