February 2021 Center for Rural Health Update
FOCUS on Rural Health
Turnover in Rural Hospitals
Matt Shahan, chief executive officer (CEO) of West River Health Services in Hettinger, North Dakota, helped
look at rural hospital CEO turnover as part of the National Rural Health Association Fellows Program.
Named to an American Psychological Association Standing Committee
Jacqueline Gray, PhD, has been named to the American Psychological Association (APA) Committee on
Division/APA Relations for the 2021-2023 term.
North Dakota Hospitals Receive Flex Funding
Five Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) received funding from the Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility (Flex)
Program for 2020-2021 for work in various areas to maintain access to care for rural North Dakotans.
Show Highlights Mountain Plains MHTTC
Center for Rural Health team members of the Mountain Plains Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (MHTTC)
promoted their mental health program through a 1950s-style game show.
Funding & Other Opportunities
Dakota Flex Program 340B Audit Assistance
Funding is available to support North Dakota CAHs in identifying potential areas of financial and
operational improvement through a 340B audit.
Deadline: February 26
Dakota Conference on Rural and Public Health Will Be Virtual
The 2021 Dakota Conference on Rural and Public Health will be held virtually June 2-4. Don't miss the first
keynote, North Dakota's COVID-19 Response and Lessons Learned, presented by Joshua Wynne, MD, chief health
strategist for the state of North Dakota and dean of the University of North Dakota School of Medicine &
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
Injury Basics Training
The North Dakota Brain Injury Network (NDBIN) will host a free virtual training on taking care of
people with brain injuries. Registration is due February 17.
This free webinar, hosted by NDBIN, will feature Ala Lysyk, functional neurologist, discussing the
five main symptoms of brain injury and why they are so difficult to resolve.
Accommodations for Struggling Students
During this free, 90-minute training hosted by Mountain Plains MHTTC, participants will learn about
various learning styles and effective ways to accommodate and support them. This training is geared
toward, but not limited to, teachers and support providers.
of the Trauma-Responsive Schools Theory of Change Toolkit Part 1
This two-part, interactive training from Mountain Plains MHTTC will build on the Trauma-Responsive
Schools Theory of Change Toolkit and include discussions, breakout groups, and activities for
participants to complete, both during and before each session. The audience for this training is
school or district staff who are implementing or planning to implement the toolkit for their school
Dr. Donald Jurivich, chair and professor in the Geriatrics Department at the University of North
Dakota, will share age-friendly practices for older adult care. This series of five webinars will be
held the second Monday of the month at 4:00 pm Central via Zoom.
Conversations and Implementation
Join a free session to discuss implementing Physicians Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST).
NDBIN staff Nicole Livedalen and Carly Endres will share best practices in caring for caregivers.
2021 Mind Matters Conference – Virtual
This conference highlights new brain injury research, trends, practice strategies, and collaborative
models of care. Participants will learn about innovative approaches and new systems of care for
individuals living with brain injuries. Exhibitors will have opportunities to share their websites,
display their organizations' names and logos during breaks, and be featured on the Mind Matters
website scavenger hunt/bingo and on the conference program.
Rural Health Research to Inform Health Policy
The team at the Rural Health Research Gateway partnered with the National Rural Health Association to
present a conversation on where to find, and how to use, rural health research when petitioning members of
Congress and the Executive Branch. The recording of this 60-minute session, and the archived slides, are now