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August 2020 Center for Rural Health Update

FOCUS on Rural Health

Rural North Dakota Facilities Persevere with Non-physician Workforce
Some North Dakota hospitals depend on nurse practitioners and physician assistants when primary care physicians are hard to attract.


Save the Date: 2021 Dakota Conference on Rural and Public Health
The 2021 Dakota Conference on Rural and Public Health is slated for June 2-4, 2021, at the Bismarck Event Center in Bismarck, North Dakota.

Gray Named Fellow for American Psychological Association
Jacque Gray, PhD, of the Center for Rural Health (CRH), was chosen as a fellow of the American Psychological Association's Society for Women Psychologists and for Psychologists in Public Service.

North Dakota Healthcare Partners Events Calendar
The North Dakota Healthcare Partners Events Calendar connects those in healthcare and community service to events and opportunities offered across North Dakota.

Gray Hosts Trainings on Elder Abuse
A series of five Zoom trainings on Elder abuse was held by Jacque Gray, PhD, with the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes Adult Protective Services and other invited entities in late July. Recordings of the trainings are available.

CRH Staff Present CHNA Toolkit
Kylie Nissen, Julie Reiten, and Amy Breigenzer of CRH presented A Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) eToolkit: Collaborative Framework to Build Capacity for Community Engagement for SORHs July 15 via Zoom at the State Offices of Rural Health (SORHs) Region E Meeting.

Funding & Other Opportunities

Maternity Care Health Professional Target Area Criteria Request for Information
The Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) is looking for content experts and interested stakeholders to give feedback on the creation of criteria for determining Maternal Care Target Areas.
Deadline: September 18

Health Professional Shortage Area Scoring Criteria Request for Information
HRSA is seeking comments from interested stakeholders on the scoring criteria used for determining Health Professional Shortage Areas.
Deadline: September 18

R-COOL-Health Scrubs Camp: 2020-2021
Want to raise awareness of health careers among local kids in grades 5-12? Apply now for a grant to host a Scrubs Camp in your rural community.
Deadline: October 30

CRH Events

Introducing the Social Determinants of Health in Rural Communities Toolkit
This 60-minute webinar will give an overview of social determinants of health and share ways rural communities can overcome their unique challenges. Found on the Rural Health Information Hub (RHIhub) website, the Social Determinants of Health Rural Communities Toolkit was created by the NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis.
Suicide Prevention in Rural Primary Care: Office Protocols, Screening, and Assessment
Hosted by the Mountain Plains Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (MHTTC), this training is the first part of a two-part series on suicide prevention in rural primary care offices.
Maternal and Obstetric Care Challenges in Rural America from the National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services
This webinar will share maternal health challenges, barriers to maternal healthcare, and the committee's site visit and policy recommendations.
September 9 POLST Conversations and Implementation
Join a Zoom session to discuss implementing Physicians Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST).
September 10 Suicide Prevention in Rural Primary Care: Intervention, Follow-up, and Telehealth Tips
This training, offered by the Mountain Plains MHTTC, is part two of a two-part series on suicide prevention in rural primary care offices.
September 15 Unmasking Brain Injury
An Unmasking Brain Injury event is planned at First Lutheran Church in Fargo, North Dakota. Brain injury survivors will create masks as a way of expressing their experiences.
September 18 Virtual Concussion Symposium
The North Dakota Brain Injury Network (NDBIN) is hosting a daylong symposium on concussions. Continuing Education Units are available for attendees in several disciplines. There is no cost to attend.
October 6 3RNet 2020 Academy
Registration is open for the 3RNet 2020 Academy, a six-part webinar series that provides online training specific to recruitment and retention in rural and underserved communities. Registration is free with the coupon code on the website, and the first session is October 6.


Rural Healthcare Surge Readiness
This new section on RHIhub provides critical resources for rural healthcare systems preparing for and responding to a COVID-19 surge.

Rural Community Paramedicine Toolkit
RHIhub's new toolkit, created by the NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis, compiles emerging practices and resources to aid rural communities in building community paramedicine and mobile integrated health programs.

First Care Fights COVID-19
As part of the Targeted Rural Health Education Project, third-year medical student Margarita Consing published a story about First Care Health System in Park River, North Dakota, and its focus on COVID-19 prevention and treatment.