February 2020 Center for Rural Health Update
FOCUS on Rural Health
Looks to the Future While Honoring the Past
The National Resource Center on Native American Aging at the Center for Rural Health (CRH) is celebrating
its 25th anniversary by honoring those who helped get it to this point while also focusing on the future and
its continued mission to help Native elders.
North Dakota Communities Receive Grants to Further Activity and Wellness
The Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota Caring Foundation Rural Health Grant Program awarded grants to
several North Dakota communities to promote physical activity and overall wellness for all ages.
Display Promotes Brain Injury Awareness
An art display at Sanford Medical Center in Fargo, North Dakota, will showcase artwork created by brain
injury survivors during Brain Injury Awareness Month in March.
Leads Work to Determine Mental Health Training, Assistance Needs in Region 8
Schroeder of the CRH was the lead researcher and author on several products related to mental health
training and the technical assistance needs of probation and parole officers in the U.S. Department of
Health and Human Services Region 8. Region 8 includes North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Colorado, Utah,
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
Health Grant Writing Workshops
The CRH conducts grant writing workshops that provide participants with the basic tools necessary to compete
successfully for grant funds to address rural health issues in their communities.
Dakota Infrastructure Loan Fund
The Bank of North Dakota Infrastructure Loan Fund provides financing to political subdivisions for repair,
replacement, and new infrastructure projects based on their economic, health, and safety impacts as well as
their eligibility for other financing sources.
Deadline: March 12
Dakota Health Care Professional Student Loan Repayment
The North Dakota Department of Health sponsors the Health Care Professional Student Loan Repayment program,
which offers matching loan repayment assistance to certain healthcare professionals who agree to practice in
an underserved area of North Dakota.
Deadline: March 15
Injury Awareness Events
The North Dakota Brain Injury Network is hosting several events in March. Brain injury survivors can
create masks during an Unmasking Brain Injury event. Other events include a movie night and bowling.
Locate an event happening near you.
A number of community showcases are scheduled for students and residents interested in potential
healthcare jobs in North Dakota facilities.
|March 26-27, 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 preconference on March 25.
|April 16, 2020
Recruitment Reimagined Workshop
This workshop will challenge participants to rethink their approaches to workforce recruitment and
|May 14 & June 4, 2020
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.
Burnout: Definition(s), Cause(s), Impact(s), Solution(s)
An article in the Rural Monitor reviews information about burnout in healthcare professions and
shares solutions to improve physicians' mental health.
Health Predictions: Q&A with Alan Morgan
Alan Morgan, CEO of the National Rural Health Association, gave an interview to the Rural Monitor
sharing his predictions for the future of rural health.
Cancer Webinar Slides Available
The presentation slides for the Rural Health Research Gateway's recent webinar on Cancer
Surveillance and Access to Care in Rural America are now online. The slides, recording, and transcript for Gateway's webinar
Disparities in Health and Healthcare by Race and Ethnicity are also available.
Stress and Mental Health
The Mountain Plains Mental Health Technology Transfer Center has created a webpage to help farmers and
others experiencing farm stress. The webpage includes a number of resources and training opportunities.
Action Steps for Helping Someone in Emotional Pain
This publication from the National Institute of Mental Health provides tips to recognize the warning signs
for suicide and how to get help for someone who is at risk.