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June 2020 Center for Rural Health Update

FOCUS on Rural Health

From Med Students to Rural Hospital CEOs, All Areas of Medicine Are Navigating Through COVID-19
Area medical students and those in rural healthcare are adjusting to the new normal during the coronavirus pandemic.


Dakota Conference Award Recipients Announced
Healthcare professionals across the state have been honored with Dakota Conference Awards for their exemplary commitment to improving healthcare in rural North Dakota.

White House Office of National Drug Control Policy Announces Launch of Rural Community Toolbox Website
The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy and senior administration officials invite rural stakeholders to the June 24 virtual launch of the Rural Community Toolbox website, developed by the CRH. The website will serve as a clearinghouse of federal funding and resources that can help build strong, healthy, and drug-free communities.

Rural Health Information Hub Receives Federal Funding
The Rural Health Information Hub, a national rural health information center located at the Center for Rural Health (CRH), has received $14.5 million in federal funding from the Health Resource and Services Administration's Federal Office of Rural Health Policy.

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Presentation
Jacque Gray of the CRH was part of a panel discussion during World Elder Abuse Awareness Day June 15. The panel discussed protecting Native elders during COVID-19.

Schroeder, Dickson Present at NRHA Annual Rural Health Conference
Shawnda Schroeder and Lynette Dickson of the CRH will be presenting at the National Rural Health Association's (NRHA) 2020 virtual conference.

Schroeder Presents on Suicidal Ideation During COVID-19
Shawnda Schroeder was among the presenters for a webinar developed by the Mountain Plains Mental Health Technology Transfer Center. The webinar was titled Rural Primary Care Tools and Resources for Managing Suicidal Ideation During COVID-19.

Nissen Discusses Community Health Needs Assessments in PhD Class
Kylie Nissen, a senior project coordinator at the CRH, recently presented to the University of North Dakota College of Nursing and Professional Disciplines PhD class. Her presentation was on Community Health Needs Assessments.

Funding & Other Opportunities

Rural Communities Opioid Response Program – Planning (RCORP – Planning)
R-CORP is offering about $10 million in planning grants to strengthen the capacity of multi-sector consortia to address substance use disorders in rural counties identified as most at risk. Grant awards may be used to build organizational and infrastructure capacity of consortia to address prevention, treatment, and/or recovery. The application deadline is July 13.

RCORP – Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome
This program has about $15 million in grant funds available for projects that reduce the occurrence and impact of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome in rural communities. Grantees must implement prevention, treatment, and recovery strategies to address their service areas' needs. The deadline for applications is July 20.

Public Transportation on Indian Reservations Program
The Federal Transit Administration has announced about $5 million in funding is available through the Public Transportation on Indian Reservations Program. Applications are due by August 24.

CRH Events

June 17, 2020 NDBIN Webinar Wednesdays
Staff from the North Dakota Brain Injury Network (NDBIN) will discuss the meaning of meta-cognition and how awareness is an essential component to brain injury survivors' successful recoveries.
June 24, 2020 POLST Conversations and Implementation Session
This free Zoom session discusses implementing Physicians Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) into your organization. Attendance is limited to 10 people per session, and registration is required.
June 29, 2020 Helping Outsiders Understand Brain Injury
This virtual support group is open to survivors, healthcare providers, and caregivers.
July 1, 2020 NDBIN Webinar Wednesdays
Jeremy Schmoe, founder and director of the Functional Neurology Center and co-developer of the Brain Health Online Summit, will talk about the autonomic nervous system and how it is affected by brain injury.
July 15, 2020 NDBIN Webinar Wednesdays
Area experts and survivors will discuss the impact a brain injury has on those involved in the criminal justice system.
Other Related Events


Drug Education and Cessation Programs Help Teens Avoid or Quit Vaping
An article in the Rural Monitor highlights programs across the country that are educating rural teens on the dangers of vaping and helping them to quit.

Schroeder Helps Write MHTTC Paper on Mental Health Workforce Needs
Shawnda Schroeder served as the lead author on the Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (MHTTC) Network's publication titled Addressing Mental Health Workforce Needs.