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September 2020 Center for Rural Health Update

FOCUS on Rural Health

Virtual Workshop Seeks to Change the Rural Recruitment Mindset
The Rural Recruitment Reimagined Workshop looked at what it takes to recruit – and retain – physicians in rural communities.


UND, Sanford Health Announce Behavioral Health Collaboration
Shawnda Schroeder, PhD, of the Center for Rural Health (CRH), helped launch the Behavioral Health Bridge, a series of free online modules designed to help people experiencing common behavioral health conditions related to COVID-19. The Behavioral Health Bridge is a partnership between the University of North Dakota (UND) and Sanford Health.

Rural Health Research: Gateway's Top Three COUNTDOWN
Want to know what's hot in rural health research? The Rural Health Research Gateway shared its top three products and other interesting analytics for the last fiscal year.

North Dakota State Office of Rural Health Receives Federal Funding
The North Dakota State Office of Rural Health (SORH) received a $50,000 increase in funding from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP). The additional funds will allow SORH to offer more services, including a COVID-19 funding tracking system, technical assistance to Rural Health Clinics and public health units, and additional aid for facilities in responding to their Community Health Needs Assessments findings.

Rural Health Research Gateway Received Federal Funding
The Rural Health Research Gateway, an online library offering access to the findings of FORHP-funded Rural Health Research Centers, secured $135,000 in funding from the Health Resources & Services Administration to continue its mission.

Coal Country Community Health Center Receives Planning Grant
Coal Country Community Health Center in Beulah, North Dakota, garnered a $100,000 Rural Health Network Development Planning grant.

Funding & Other Opportunities

Call for Presentations: 2021 Dakota Conference
Rural and public health professionals are encouraged to submit oral and poster presentation abstracts for the 2021 Dakota Conference on Rural and Public Health.
Deadline: October 14

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

Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota Caring Foundation Rural Health Grant Program
Applications are currently being accepted for this program. The goal of this program is to improve the health of people in the state and raise awareness for people of all ages of the importance of daily physical activity and ways to improve their overall wellness.
Deadline: January 6, 2021

CRH Events

Clinical Strategies to Promote Emotional and Behavioral Health in College-Aged Youth During COVID-19
The Mountain Plains Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (MHTTC) is holding a training to help mental health providers and others support college-aged youth as they return to campus during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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.
Panel Discussion: How States Are Addressing TBI and Mental Health
The Mountain Plains MHTTC is hosting an event on how states are addressing traumatic brain injury (TBI) and mental health. Shawnda Schroeder, PhD, will moderate, and Rebecca Quinn, MSW, LMSW, director of NDBIN, will be among the content expert presenters.
Introducing the Rural Community Paramedicine Toolkit
This webinar, presented by the Rural Health Information Hub and the NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis, will share how the community paramedicine model of care works and how it helps rural communities.
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.
NDBIN Webinar Wednesdays
Scott Bernstein of GoUniversal will discuss environmental modifications and mobility equipment that enhance the independence, safety, and quality of life of people who have sustained brain injuries.
NDBIN Webinar Wednesdays
Aly Downs, an occupational therapist and certified brain injury specialist, will share information on mental health and the connection to brain injury, rehabilitation, and well-being.
Addressing Traumatic Brain Injury and Mental Health in Primary Care
This 90-minute webinar is the final session in the Mountain Plains MHTTC's six-part series on the intersection of TBI and mental health.


Evaluation of Dental Student Rotations in North Dakota Federally Qualified Health Centers
Shawnda Schroeder, PhD, and Shane Knutson, BS, coauthored this report that provides data on the clinical reach of the North Dakota Department of Health Oral Health Program and the perceptions of both the participating dental students and the dental team members. They also authored a related brief titled Dental Student Rotations at a Federally Qualified Health Center.