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January 2020 Center for Rural Health Update

FOCUS on Rural Health

Former CRH Leader Officially a Living Legend
Mary Wakefield, former director of the Center for Rural Health (CRH), was named a Living Legend by the American Academy of Nursing.


National Resource Center on Native American Aging Celebrates 25 Years with Gala Event
The National Resource Center on Native American Aging (NRCNAA) honored former directors and advocates during its 25th anniversary celebration. In addition, Governor Doug Burgum signed a proclamation declaring Native American Elder Recognition Day.

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

DaCCoTA Pilot Projects Team Announces Requests for Applications
The Dakota Cancer Collaborative on Translational Activity (DaCCoTA) Pilot Projects Program has released new requests for applications for feasibility, ready-to-go, and community engagement awards.
Letters of Intent Deadline: January 24

Survey Will Measure Impact of Aviation Industry on Rural Communities
The Northern Plains Unmanned Aircraft Systems Test Site is partnering with NASA to understand potential markets and future economic drivers in the aviation industry and how they will impact local rural communities. To this end, a survey has been created. In particular, they are looking for feedback from rural areas as to how drones could be used, including health-related applications.
Deadline: January 24 at 5:00 pm Central

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

CRH Events

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.
February 20, 2020 Ceramic Unmasking Brain Injury
Brain injury survivors are invited to create ceramic masks to represent their experiences and journeys. No previous art experience is required.
March 26-27, 2020 2020 Mind Matters Conference
This annual two-day conference features nationally renowned speakers and highlights new research, trends, practice strategies, and collaborative models of care for people with traumatic brain injuries. This year’s event also includes a pre-conference on March 25.
May 14 & June 4, 2020 Respirator Fit Testing Training
This training will provide participants with information needed to perform respirator fit trainings in their communities. The training involves two parts—a two-hour online webinar and a two-hour, in-person session during the Dakota Conference.


2019 Year in Review
2019 was a busy year for the Center for Rural Health. This video highlights some of the many activities CRH staff was involved in.

Informal Caregiving and Technology in Rural America
An article in the Rural Monitor looks at the potential for technology to help informal caregivers in rural areas.

Top 10 Rural Monitor Articles of 2019
The Rural Health Information Hub did a countdown of its most-read articles in the Rural Monitor.

Clinical Research Trials
Learn more about clinical research trials, including what they are and who can participate.