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November 2020 Center for Rural Health Update

FOCUS on Rural Health

Your First Stop for Rural Health Information
The Rural Health Information Hub (RHIhub) received a new five-year grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to continue to operate as a national clearinghouse on rural health issues.


National Rural Health Day is November 19
This day has been set aside to highlight rural communities as wonderful places to live and work, increase awareness of rural health-related issues, and promote the efforts of State Offices of Rural Health and the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) in addressing these issues. There are events occurring all week to celebrate the #PowerofRural, including these rural health webinars.

2021 Dakota Conference on Rural and Public Health
Don't miss out on the opportunity to connect with healthcare professionals, educators, and students from across the state. The conference is slated for June 2-4, 2021, at the Bismarck Event Center in Bismarck, North Dakota. If necessary, the conference will be moved to an online format.

Funding & Other Opportunities

North Dakota Conrad 30 J-1 Waiver Program
The J-1 visa waiver application cycle opened October 1. For waiver information, and updated remaining waiver numbers, visit the program website.

3RNet: Healthcare Jobs Across the Nation
Are you missing out on free healthcare job vacancy posts? You can post your open healthcare jobs for free on 3RNet's website if you are a health facility or organization in the category of rural, urban underserved, mental health, or Veterans Affairs.

Deadline Extended for Scrubs Camp Grant Applications
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: November 30

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

CRH Events

November 18 #RuralHealthChat: Examining Social Determinants of Health in Rural America
This National Rural Health Day Twitter Chat hosted by RHIhub and NOSORH will discuss the social factors that impact health in rural communities. Join in the conversation at 12:00 pm Central by following the hashtag #RuralHealthChat.
November 19 COVID-19 in North Dakota: Mental Health and Public Health
This free webinar, presented by Shawnda Schroeder, PhD, of the Center for Rural Health (CRH) will examine the effects COVID-19 has had on public health and mental health in the state and discuss available resources.
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.
November 23 Virtual Support Group for Brain Injury Survivors
The North Dakota Brain Injury Network (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. Along with giving second-year occupational therapy student clinical experience, the support group will help survivors deal with anxiety, depression, and other symptoms of brain injury.
November 23 & 24 Community-Based Services for Brain Injury Virtual Town Halls
NDBIN and Jake Reuter from North Dakota's Money Follows the Person Program will be seeking feedback on the need to improve and expand the brain injury service system in North Dakota.
December 1 & 15 3RNet 2020 Academy
This webinar series features nationally known experts on rural and underserved recruitment and retention. The sessions are designed to provide a practical educational experience so you can produce better results for your community. CRH is offering this academy to our North Dakota facilities at no charge. Email for the access code.
December 9 POLST Conversations and Implementation
Join a free session to discuss implementing Physicians Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST).
December 14-15 Certified Brain Injury Specialist Training
This training examines the important aspects of brain injury treatment necessary to care for patients effectively. The cost is $235, and registration is due at noon November 27.
Other Related Events


Strengthening Resilience: Promoting Positive School Mental Health Among Indigenous Youth
Shawnda Schroeder co-authored a document that provides tools for K-12 educators, administrators, and mental health treatment providers to better address the learning and behavioral health needs of Indigenous youth in a holistic manner.

Student Connectivity in Online Programs: Role of the Nurse Faculty
Shawnda Schroeder co-authored an article in The Journal for Nurse Practitioners on how nurse faculty connect with students in online programs.