March 2021 Center for Rural Health Update
FOCUS on Rural Health
on Success: Critical Access Hospitals Find Success with CAH Quality Network
Quality Network has found success after working with Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) for 13 years.
Dakota Pediatric Mental Health Care Access
This new program connects children and adolescents with behavioral and mental health issues with psychiatry
providers in underserved areas of the state.
Health Bridge Receives Award, Offers Additional Mental Health Resources
Schroeder, PhD, was part of the team that earned a University of North Dakota Founders Day Award for
Interdisciplinary Collaboration in Research and Creative Activity for work on the Behavioral Health Bridge
(BHB) website. In addition, the BHB has launched new mental health resources, including anonymous,
health screening tools and an Ask
an Expert section.
Coauthors Report to Improve Cultural Relevance and Accessibility
Adamsen, PhD, along with four other researchers, authored a report for the National Council on
Funding & Other Opportunities
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 in Primary Care TeleECHO
Join us for this virtual learning series to improve access to oral health care for patients in rural and
underserved communities throughout North Dakota. The focus is to build and strengthen capacity among primary
care and other providers responsible for supporting patient well-being. Three clinics are scheduled:
The Need to Address Oral Health in Primary Care Settings, March 25
Completing Pediatric Dental Screens in Primary Care Settings, April 8
Applying and Billing for Fluoride Varnish Application in a Healthcare Setting, April 22
Access Hospital Conference 2021
Dakota Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility (Flex) Program will sponsor one individual from each CAH
in North Dakota to attend Eide Bailly's 2021 CAH Conference in April, which focuses on the Medicare cost
report and revenue cycle. Those interested in registering can contact Nicole
Threadgold at firstname.lastname@example.org for a
Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota Caring Foundation Rural Health Grant Deadline
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
Dakota Healthcare Partners Events Calendar
This calendar is designed to connect people in the healthcare and community service fields to events and
educational opportunities across North Dakota. This "one-stop shop" format helps effectively coordinate
events and enhance their visibility. For more information, contact Ashley
Folarin at email@example.com.
Health Careers students at Dickinson High School worked with the North Dakota Brain Injury Network
(NDBIN) to learn about brain injury and brain injury prevention. In turn, the students taught
elementary students, who created art focused on brain injury prevention. Virtual art show visitors
will get the opportunity to vote for their favorite artwork.
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.
Care in the Great Plains Symposium - Virtual
Regional experts will talk about the Geriatric 4Ms: What Matters, Mentation, Medication, and
Mobility in patient care specific to Great Plains American Indian populations.
Dr. Alexander Balbir will discuss military populations and brain injury.
The second of five monthly age-friendly webinars will focus on medication.
CAH and RHC Quality Conference
for this annual conference, which is an opportunity for all CAHs and Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) to
come together virtually and discuss patient safety and healthcare quality in North Dakota.
Presentations from healthcare quality experts and updates on best practices for both CAHs and RHCs
will be part of the conference, which is a complement to the North Dakota CAH Quality Network's
quarterly regional meetings but will also include content specific to RHCs.
Early Childhood Health Promotion Toolkit
This new toolkit, produced by the University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center in collaboration with
the NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis and the Rural Health Information Hub, provides resources and
information focused on developing, implementing, evaluating, and sustaining programs for early childhood
health promotion in rural communities.