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Due to COVID-19, CRH will continue working remotely until further notice.

July 2020 Center for Rural Health Update

FOCUS on Rural Health

CRH Continues Its Mission During COVID-19
Despite working remotely, the Center for Rural Health (CRH) staff continues to help rural communities, healthcare facilities, healthcare professionals, and others navigate through these trying times.


Thank You for Keeping North Dakota Safe!
The North Dakota Rural Health Association is thanking North Dakota healthcare workers for their efforts during COVID-19.

Rural Primary Care Provider Survey 2020
The National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health is conducting a survey of rural primary care providers. The survey's purpose is to gather front-line perspectives, to shape the direction and work of the Primary Care Committee. The deadline for completing the survey is July 31.

Funding & Other Opportunities

3RNet 2020 Academy
The CRH is sponsoring North Dakota healthcare facilities to attend the virtual 3RNet 2020 Academy at no cost. Focus of the academy is training rural and underserved communities to recruit and retain healthcare professionals. Participants will have access to six webinars in real time and/or in playback mode. Registration is not yet open, but an announcement along with a sponsorship code will be sent out in the coming weeks.

North Dakota Conrad 30 J-1 Waiver Program
The J-1 visa waiver application cycle will open October 1. If your facility is preparing a waiver application for this year, be sure to view the North Dakota J-1 visa waiver guidelines.

CRH Events

July 22, 2020 The Evolving Nature of Social Connections: Promoting Well-Being in Times of Crisis
This Mountain Plains Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (MHTTC) webinar will discuss programs designed to make connections among people and organizations to promote well-being in the aging population.
July 22, 2020 POLST Conversations and Implementation
Join a free Zoom session to discuss implementing Physicians Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST).
July 28, 2020 Rural but Reachable: How to Build Grief Support by Creating Community
This Mountain Plains MHTTC webinar will examine how participants can start connections in their communities to support those who are grieving.
July 29, 2020 NDBIN Webinar Wednesdays
Dr. Ala Lysyk-Smith, founder of Clarity Brain Centers in Fargo, North Dakota, will discuss brain fog and fatigue following a brain injury for this North Dakota Brain Injury Network (NDBIN) webinar.
August 4, 2020 The Intersection between Traumatic Brain Injury and Mental Health: An Introduction
The Mountain Plains MHTTC is hosting a webinar on traumatic brain injury and its relationship with mental health.
August 12, 2020 NDBIN Webinar Wednesdays
JoLynn Pennington, owner of Health with Jo, in Bismarck, North Dakota, will discuss her products' benefits for those with brain injury.
August 13, 2020 POLST Conversations and Implementation
Join a free Zoom session to discuss implementing POLST.
September 18, 2020 Virtual Concussion Symposium
NDBIN is hosting a virtual concussion symposium. There is no cost to attend, but registration is required.


Dental Pain Management in Dental Clinics, Emergency Rooms, and Primary Care Settings in North Dakota
Shawnda Schroeder and Shane Knutson of the CRH published this oral health face sheet. They also produced two posters:

The Most Costly Chronic Medical Condition in America: Experts Talk About the Rural Aspects of Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias
An article in the Rural Monitor discusses the complex needs of rural Americans with Alzheimer's Disease and related dementias and their caregivers.

North Dakota's Significant Rural Health Needs as Identified by Critical Access Hospital Community Health Needs Assessments
CRH staff compiled the findings of the 2017-2019 Community Health Needs Assessments in this fact sheet.

Farm Stress: Facts, Impact of COVID-19, and Resource and Training Needs of Mental Health Care Providers
Shawnda Schroeder and Amy Breigenzer of the CRH were among the Mountain Plains MHTTC staff to publish this brief on farm stress.