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February 2020 Center for Rural Health Update

FOCUS on Rural Health

NRCNAA 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.


Several 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.

Art 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.

Schroeder Leads Work to Determine Mental Health Training, Assistance Needs in Region 8
Shawnda 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, and Wyoming.

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

Rural 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.

North 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

North 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

CRH Events

March 2020 Brain 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.
March/April 2020 Community Showcases
A number of community showcases are scheduled for students and residents interested in potential healthcare jobs in North Dakota facilities.
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 preconference on March 25.
April 16, 2020 Rural Recruitment Reimagined Workshop
This workshop will challenge participants to rethink their approaches to workforce recruitment and retention.
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.


Physician 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.

Rural 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.

Rural 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 on Rural Disparities in Health and Healthcare by Race and Ethnicity are also available.

Farm 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.

5 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.