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October 2020 Center for Rural Health Update

FOCUS on Rural Health

Gray's Travel Challenges Reap Rewards, Especially During COVID-19
Jacque Gray, PhD, of the Center for Rural Health (CRH), has traveled to remote areas to share information on elder abuse, suicide prevention, and other important topics.


Honor Your Native Elder Veterans – Sharing Stories from Indian Country
The National Resource Center on Native American Aging is seeking pictures and stories of Native American veterans to recognize them on Veterans Day and during Native American Heritage Month in November.

Rural Public Health Department Keeps County "ON THE MOVE"
A three-year grant from the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) will allow a community partnership and public health program in the Valley City, North Dakota, area expand its work.

Funding & Other Opportunities

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

National Rural Health Day Photo Contest
National Rural Health Day is November 19. Celebrate by submitting a photo for the 10th Annual National Rural Health Day Photo Contest. Those earning first through fourth place in the contest will receive Cenex gift cards.
Deadline: November 15

Rural Health Care Services Outreach Grant Program
The purpose of this grant program is to improve, expand, and continue healthcare services in rural communities. The grant is sponsored by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, HRSA, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Deadline: December 1

Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota Caring Foundation Rural Health Grant Program
Applications are currently being accepted for this program. The program's goal 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

Sponsor/Exhibitor Registration Open for Dakota Conference
Sponsor and exhibitor registration is open for the 2021 Dakota Conference on Rural and Public Health slated for June 2-4, 2021, at the Bismarck Events Center in Bismarck, North Dakota. Don’t miss the opportunity to connect with healthcare professionals, educators, and students from across the state.
Deadline: March 4, 2021

CRH Events

October 21 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 for North Dakota Brain Injury Network's (NDBIN) next webinar.
October 22 North Dakota and Federal Advocacy Basics and Beyond
Those who want to improve healthcare in rural North Dakota through advocacy are invited to this webinar presented by the North Dakota Rural Health Association. The event will include personal stories from a lobbyist and a former Capitol Hill staff member.
October 26 Virtual Support Group for Brain Injury Survivors
NDBIN and the University of Mary are collaborating to offer a limited time virtual support group for brain injury survivors as well as caregivers and professionals in the field. The support group will be held on Mondays through November 23.
October 27 Suicide Assessment and Response for K-12 Populations
During this free, 90-minute Mountain Plains Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (MHTTC) training, special attention will be given to common screening and assessment tools used in school settings, best practices for utilizing an interdisciplinary team approach to respond to youth experiencing thoughts of suicide in a school setting, and ways to identify risk and protective factors for youth and adolescents at risk of suicide.
October 27 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 traumatic brain injury and mental health.
October 28 Strategies for Promoting Resilience, Wellness, and Coping Skills for the Campus Community
This Mountain Plains MHTTC training will focus on evidence-based practices, strategies, and supports for use with college-aged youth as they return to campus during the COVID-19 pandemic. The free, 90-minute workshop includes one hour of training with 30 minutes of experiential activity and questions and answers.
November 11 POLST Awareness, Education, and Implementation
This webinar discusses Physicians Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST). Designed for nurses, chaplains, emergency medical services personnel, and social workers, this presentation teaches participants about POLST in North Dakota and how to implement it where they work.
November 17 Understanding the Ground: Social Determinants of Health in Rural Populations
This webinar, hosted by the Rural Health Research Gateway and funded by HRSA, will review some of the key elements associated with health across rural White and minority populations, such as education, income, and health facility availability.
November 19 Organizational Values, Culture, and Measurement: Impact on the Bottom Line
This National Rural Health Day webinar will show how rural leaders can optimize primary care in rural areas. The presenter will be Eric Shell, chairman of Stroudwater and an industry leader in supporting rural healthcare in its transition to population health.


One Health: Bringing Health to Humans, Animals, and the Environment
An article in the Rural Monitor highlights how a One Health approach that coordinates the work of human, animal, and environmental health experts can improve the health of rural populations living alongside wildlife.

New Oral Health Program Publications Available
Shawnda Schroeder, PhD, of the CRH developed three new products as part of the North Dakota Department of Health Oral Health Program, including: