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April 2021 Center for Rural Health Update

FOCUS on Rural Health

Changes Due to Pandemic May Make NDBIN Conference Even More Accessible in Future
The Mind Matters Conference, hosted virtually by the North Dakota Brain Injury Network (NDBIN), returned in 2021 with a wealth of information for brain injury survivors, providers, and caregivers.


North Dakota Brain Injury Network Receives Grant
NDBIN received a grant to develop a plan to improve outcomes for people with brain injuries in the criminal justice system.

Eight Critical Access Hospitals Awarded Funding for 340B Audits
The North Dakota Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility (Flex) Program awarded funding for 340B audit assistance.

North Dakota Hospitals Named Among Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals
The Chartis Center for Rural Health listed 12 North Dakota Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) among the top performers in the country when it comes to quality, patient satisfaction, cost control, and risk management.

UND: Lifeline for Rural America
The Center for Rural Health (CRH) and the Rural Health Information Hub (RHIhub) were highlighted in a UND Today story about the University of North Dakota's focus on rural health.

CRH Staff Additions
CRH is excited to announce the addition of two new staff members.

Funding & Other Opportunities

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. The deadline has been extended through April 29.

Focus Group: North Dakota State Plan for Alzheimer's Disease & Related Dementias
CRH has partnered with the Department of Health to create a state plan for Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. If you have expertise in this area, you're invited to participate in a focus group. Focus group members should include interested community members and stakeholders who can assist in understanding the current and future care needs of people with Alzheimer's and dementia and their caregivers. Mark your availability and register by April 30.

CRH Events

April 21 NDBIN Webinar Wednesdays
Resilience During COVID-19 is the subject of this month's webinar.
April 21 HIV and Hepatitis C in Rural Areas: Prevalence, Service Availability, and Challenges
During this webinar, speakers will highlight findings from recent work on estimating HIV prevalence and maternal hepatitis C prevalence in rural areas across the U.S. Speakers will also discuss findings from a study on the challenges and promising practices in addressing HIV and hepatitis C outbreaks in rural areas.
April 22 Oral Health in Primary Care TeleECHO
Applying and billing for fluoride varnishes in healthcare settings is the subject of the next teleECHO virtual learning session.
April 22 Voices from the Field: A Panel Discussion on Well-Being
Join the Mountain Plains Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (MHTTC) as it celebrates stories of resilience, hope, and compassion during the COVID-19 pandemic. This hour-long panel discussion will provide a review of the "Voices from the Field" blog – a seven-part series that focuses on the important role spiritual, physical, and mental wellness play in overall well-being as told from the perspectives of providers working across Health and Human Services Region 8.
April 22 Mental Health and Substance Use Prevalence in Populations and Key Barriers
This Mountain Plains MHTTC session will provide a review of key prevalence rates of mental health and substance use disorders with particular attention given to understanding the barriers to care that exist in rural communities.
April 28 Statewide CAH and RHC Quality Conference – Virtual
Register 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.
April 29 Case Management Practices for Supporting Substance Use and Mental Health Treatment
This Mountain Plains MHTTC session will explore crucial case management skills that minimize duplication of services, support access to care, and ensure a client-centered approach is maintained throughout interventions.
May 10 Age-Friendly Webinar Series
The next age-friendly webinar from the Dakota Geriatrics program will focus on mentation.
May 13 Contingency Management with Serious Mental Illness
This Mountain Plains MHTTC session will describe how contingency management can be used to improve treatment outcomes when working with people who have serious mental illnesses and co-occurring substance use disorders.
May 13 Pediatric and Young Adult Oral Health TeleECHO
This virtual learning opportunity will focus on talking with patients about safe drinking water, community water fluoridation, and oral health in the pediatric and young adult patient.
May 20 Clinical Supervision Practices for Mental Health and Substance Use Providers
This Mountain Plains MHTTC training will focus on assessment and treatment planning, looking at the client/patient holistically, when conducting supervision sessions. In addition, this session will address the importance of expanding counselors/therapists' clinical capacity with patients who present with complex diagnoses utilizing clinical supervision strategies.


Community Supports for Rural Aging in Place and Independent Living
RHIhub's new topic guide provides information on home-based services and community supports that can support aging in place and independent living.