October 2020 Center for Rural Health Update
FOCUS on Rural Health
Travel Challenges Reap Rewards, Especially During COVID-19
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.
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.
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
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
Rural Health Day Photo Contest
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
Deadline: November 15
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
for Promoting Resilience, Wellness, and Coping Skills for the Campus
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Oral Health Program Publications Available
Schroeder, PhD, of the CRH developed three new products as part of the North Dakota Department of
Health Oral Health Program, including: