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February 2021 Center for Rural Health Update

FOCUS on Rural Health

CEO 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.


Gray 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.

Five 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.

Game 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

North 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

2021 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 & Health Sciences.

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

CRH Events

February 19 Brain 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.
February 24 NDBIN Webinar Wednesdays
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.
February 24 Effective 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.
February 25 Implementation 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 or district.
March 8 Age-Friendly Webinar Series
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.
March 10 POLST Conversations and Implementation
Join a free session to discuss implementing Physicians Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST).
March 10 NDBIN Webinar Wednesdays
NDBIN staff Nicole Livedalen and Carly Endres will share best practices in caring for caregivers.
March 25-26 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.


Using 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 available.