April 2020 Center for Rural Health Update
FOCUS on Rural Health
Leader Talks Behavioral Health with CRH Staff
Center for Rural Health (CRH) staff were excited to share information on our many behavioral health programs
with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration regional administrator.
Dr. Gary Hart
It is with deep regret that we announce the death of Dr. Gary Hart, director of the CRH.
Dakota Conference Canceled
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Dakota Conference on Rural and Public Health, as well as the
Critical Access Hospital and North Dakota Public Health Association Preconferences, awards banquet, and
Respirator Fit Testing Training, have been canceled.
Talks About Research in Rural Indigenous Areas
Gray of the CRH discussed her research career in rural indigenous areas during an April 7 webinar.
Funding & Other Opportunities
Foundation Rural Health Program
North Dakota is among the states eligible for Medica Foundation Rural Health Program funding. The program
offers up to $5,000 in funding for organizations to support health-related programs that strengthen regional
and rural communities in Medica's service area. The application deadline is August 28, 2020.
Offers Free Healthcare Job Postings
Use 3RNet for your job searches. It allows free postings for rural, urban underserved, mental health, and
Veterans Affairs facilities in the state. Log in to your account regularly to see candidates who have been
referred to you based on your open positions.
Loan Repayment Programs' Deadlines Extended
Three major National Health Service Corps (NHSC) loan repayment applications cycles have had their deadlines
extended through May 21, 2020. They include the NHSC Loan Repayment, the NHSC Substance Use Disorder
Workforce Loan Repayment Program, and the NHSC Rural Community Loan Repayment Program.
State Loan Repayment Applications Remain Open
The North Dakota Primary Care Office manages the Federal State Loan Repayment Program (SLRP), which uses a
combination of federal and state funds in the form of a community match. The application cycle for SLRP is
open and funds remain.
|April 22, 2020
Carly Endres from the North Dakota Brain Injury Network will offer tips on academic accommodations
that can be made to help students after concussions.
|May 6, 2020
Rebecca Quinn from NDBIN will discuss best screening practices when determining whether an
individual has a brain injury.
|June 9, 2020
Workshop Geared Toward Healthcare Recruitment
This virtual workshop will challenge participants to rethink their approaches to workforce
recruitment and retention.
ECHO COVID-19 Sessions' Slides and Videos Online
The slides and video for the two recent Project ECHO sessions related to COVID-19 are available. The April 6
session was on Provider Well-Being During COVID-19, while the March 24 session was Update and Infection
Prevention and Control Methods.
Helps Create COVID-19 Resources for Educators, Parents, and Caregivers
Schroeder of the CRH helped compile toolkits, guides, tip sheets, and infographics to help during
Determinants of Health in Rural Communities Toolkit
This new toolkit, produced by the Rural Health Information Hub and the NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health
Analysis, compiles evidence-based and promising models and resources to help rural organizations in
addressing social determinants of health in their communities.
Coauthors Article in Psychological Services
Jacque Gray coauthored an article in Psychological Services titled "Psychometric Evaluation of the
Substance Abuse Subtle Screening Inventory-3 with Northern Plains American Indians."
Dakota TRHE Project
During the year, medical students who participate in Rural Opportunities in Medical Education also
participate in the Targeted Rural Health Education (TRHE) project. TRHE allows students to gain a deeper
understanding of community health needs where they are training and write articles about those needs.