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May 2020 Center for Rural Health Update

FOCUS on Rural Health

Celebrating Nurses and Hospitals During a Pandemic
National Nurses Week and National Hospital Week celebrations took on a different look this year in North Dakota as healthcare professionals continue fighting COVID-19.


Ten North Dakota Facilities Named Among Top 20 Critical Access Hospitals in the U.S.
The National Rural Health Association recently announced the 20 highest ranked Critical Access Hospitals in the country across three categories, and 10 of them are in North Dakota.

Schroeder, Arnold Earn MHTTC Awards
Shawnda Schroeder and Julie Arnold of the Center for Rural Health (CRH) were recently awarded the Brand Ambassador Award in recognition of their work to promote the Mountain Plains Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (MHTTC).

Funding & Other Opportunities

3RNet Offers Free Healthcare Job Postings
3RNet is the Rural Recruitment and Retention Network, a national job board designed to connect healthcare workforce to rural and underserved areas. In North Dakota, the CRH manages its 3RNet page and allows free postings for rural, urban underserved, mental health, and Veterans Affairs facilities in the state.

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.

NHSC Loan Repayment Programs' Deadlines Extended
Three major National Health Service Corps (NHSC) loan repayment application 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.

CRH Events

May 20, 2020 POLST Conversations and Implementation
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.
June 3, 2020 NDBIN Webinar Wednesdays
North Dakota Brain Injury Network (NDBIN) staff will discuss cognitive skills and the impact a brain injury can have on those skills.
June 9, 2020 Virtual Workshop Geared Toward Healthcare Recruitment
Rural Recruitment Reimagined is a full-day, virtual workshop designed to challenge participants to rethink their approaches to workforce recruitment and retention. The cost is $75 plus an Eventbrite fee.
June 15 - July 20, 2020 Powerful Tools for Caregivers Class
This free, six-week Zoom series is geared toward caregivers of children with special health and behavioral needs.
June 17, 2020 NDBIN Webinar Wednesdays
NDBIN staff will talk about the meaning of meta-cognition and how awareness is an essential part of a brain injury survivor's successful recovery.
July 1, 2020 NDBIN Webinar Wednesdays
Several brain injury experts and survivors will talk about the impact a brain injury has on someone involved in the criminal justice system.