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Due to COVID-19, CRH will continue working remotely through July 31.

March 2020 Center for Rural Health Update

FOCUS on Rural Health

The Big 4-0
The Center for Rural Health (CRH) celebrates 40 years of connecting resources and knowledge to strengthen the health of people in rural and tribal communities.


NIEJI's Gray and Warne Provide Training at Red Lake Event
At a regional event in Red Lake, Minnesota, Jacque Gray and Maylynn Warne of the National Indigenous Elder Justice Initiative (NIEJI) provided training on resources to help prevent elder abuse.

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. The focus of this year's preconference on June 3 is Critical Access Hospital (CAH) financial and operational improvement.

Masks Lift the Veil on Brain Injury Experiences at Fargo Exhibit
A recent newspaper article detailed some of the work being done by the North Dakota Brain Injury Network and highlighted "Unmasking Brain Injury" events.

12 North Dakota Rural Hospitals Named in Top 100 CAHs
A dozen rural hospitals in North Dakota were recognized nationally as being among the best CAHs in the country.

Funding & Other Opportunities

POLST Conversations and Implementation Sessions
Join a free Zoom session to discuss implementing Physicians Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST). Sessions will be held once a month through September, and attendance is limited to 10 people per session.

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.

CRH Events

March 26-27, 2020 2020 Mind Matters Conference – Canceled
Regrettably the 2020 Mind Matters conference has been canceled.
April 8, 2020 Bismarck Community Showcase – Canceled
The Bismarck community showcase has been canceled.
April 16, 2020 Rural Recruitment Reimagined Workshop
This Rural Recruitment Reimagined Workshop will challenge participants to rethink their approaches to workforce recruitment and retention.
April 29, 2020 Statewide CAH and RHC Quality Conference – Canceled
The Statewide CAH and RHC Quality Conference and the Palliative Care Meeting have been canceled.
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.


Schroeder Examines Oral Health Issues
Shawnda Schroeder of the CRH authored four fact sheets related to oral health.

Making a Difference for Generations to Come
An article in the Rural Monitor examines how a school-based oral healthcare program is making a difference for children and their families.

Rural Cancer Webinar Recording Available
The recording, presentation slides, and transcript for the Rural Health Research Gateway's webinar on Cancer Surveillance and Access to Care in Rural America are now online.

Schroeder Details Progress of Mountain Plains MHTTC
Shawnda Schroeder authored two fact sheets for the Mountain Plains Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (MHTTC) looking at the program's first-year progress.

Older Adults and Depression
This publication from the National Institute of Mental Health identifies risk factors and signs of depression in older adults as well as where to look for help.