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January 2021 Center for Rural Health Update

FOCUS on Rural Health

Behavioral Health Bridge Helps People Deal with Challenges of COVID-19
Doctors, mental health experts, and others collaborated to build a user-friendly website to help people dealing with common mental health issues during the pandemic.


NDBIN Virtual Office Hours
The North Dakota Brain Injury Network (NDBIN) is offering virtual office hours for anyone looking to visit with one of our staff members, one-on-one, related to brain injury.

Three Rural Health Clinics Recognized as Top 50 in Country
The 2021 Lilypad Awards recognized three North Dakota clinics for outperforming other Rural Health Clinics in efficiency and operational excellence.

Funding & Other Opportunities

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 2021 Dakota Conference on Rural and Public Health is slated for June 2-4 at the Bismarck Event Center in Bismarck, North Dakota. If necessary, the conference will be moved to an online format utilizing the same schedule.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota Caring Foundation Rural Health Grant Deadline Extended
Applications continue to be accepted for this grant 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: April 29

Medicare Beneficiary Quality Improvement Program
The Medicare Beneficiary Quality Improvement Program seeks to increase attention on quality healthcare provided by Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) to Medicare beneficiaries, as both inpatients and outpatients. The North Dakota Flex Program, in partnership with the North Dakota CAH Quality Network and the Quality Health Associates, will support CAHs with technical assistance to improve healthcare outcomes on Hospital Compare and other national benchmarks.

CRH Events

January 26 Using Rural Health Research to Inform Health Policy
The team at the Rural Health Research Gateway is partnering with the National Rural Health Association to offer a free, one-hour webinar discussing where to find, and how to use, rural health research when working with members of Congress and the Executive Branch.
February 10 POLST Conversations and Implementation
Join a free session to discuss implementing Physicians Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST).
February 10 NDBIN Webinar Wednesdays
This free webinar will feature Post-Acute Medical of Fargo and will include a virtual tour as well as information on some of the rehabilitation options offered.
February 19 Brain Injury Basics Training
NDBIN is hosting a free, virtual training for those caring for people with brain injuries. Registration is due February 17.
March 25-26 2021 Mind Matters Conference – Virtual
Save the dates for the 2021 Mind Matters Conference, which will be held virtually. The conference offers participants an opportunity to learn about new systems of care for people living with brain injuries.


COVID-19 Vaccination in Rural Areas
The Rural Health Information Hub launched a new section in the Rural Response to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) issue guide that provides resources to help communities and healthcare providers ensure access to COVID-19 vaccination in rural areas.

Evaluation of SEAL!ND: School Year 2019-2020
Shawnda Schroeder, PhD, of the Center for Rural Health (CRH), wrote a report that presents results of an evaluation on the North Dakota school-based sealant program, SEAL!ND. The evaluation team at the CRH surveyed participating schools, interviewed SEAL!ND team members and additional stakeholders, and reviewed all available student data collected at the time of the dental screenings.

North Dakota Department of Health, Oral Health Program: Year Two Evaluation Report
Shawnda Schroeder, PhD, coauthored a report detailing results of the evaluation of work completed by the North Dakota Department of Health Oral Health Program during year two of its grant with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Sixth Biennial Report: Health Issues for the State of North Dakota, 2021
This report updates the previous five editions with a comprehensive examination of healthcare workforce licensure data. The report provides a detailed look at the status of health, healthcare delivery, and the healthcare workforce across the state.

Resident Physicians Write About Health Outcomes
The Targeted Rural Health Education (TRHE) project helps resident physicians and health profession students take a closer look at the health needs of communities in which they are training. TRHE's goal is to help health-professionals-in-training to promote positive health outcomes in rural communities. Here are two recent articles: