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

April 2020 Center for Rural Health Update

FOCUS on Rural Health

SAMHSA 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.


Remembering Dr. Gary Hart
It is with deep regret that we announce the death of Dr. Gary Hart, director of the CRH.

2020 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.

Gray Talks About Research in Rural Indigenous Areas
Jacque Gray of the CRH discussed her research career in rural indigenous areas during an April 7 webinar.

Funding & Other Opportunities

Medica 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.

3RNet 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.

NHSC 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.

Federal 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.

CRH Events

April 22, 2020 NDBIN Webinar Wednesdays
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 NDBIN Webinar Wednesdays
Rebecca Quinn from NDBIN will discuss best screening practices when determining whether an individual has a brain injury.
June 9, 2020 Virtual Workshop Geared Toward Healthcare Recruitment
This virtual workshop will challenge participants to rethink their approaches to workforce recruitment and retention.


Project 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.

Schroeder Helps Create COVID-19 Resources for Educators, Parents, and Caregivers
Shawnda Schroeder of the CRH helped compile toolkits, guides, tip sheets, and infographics to help during the pandemic:

Social 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.

Gray 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."

North 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.