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May 2021 Center for Rural Health Update

FOCUS on Rural Health

After Four Decades, Tioga Medical Center CEO Randy Pederson Calls It a Career
Along with serving as chief executive officer (CEO), Randy Pederson has worn many hats in the Tioga, North Dakota, community, from firefighter to play-by-play announcer during radio broadcasts of high school sporting events.


North Dakota Hospitals Named Among Top 20
Nine Critical Access Hospitals in North Dakota rank among the best in the nation for 2021.

Financial Assistance for COVID-19 Funeral Expenses
The Federal Emergency Management Agency is offering financial assistance for funeral-related costs associated with COVID-19.

CRH Staff Present at NRHA Conference
Two members of the Center for Rural Health (CRH) staff presented at the National Rural Health Association's (NRHA's) annual conference earlier this month.

Oral Health Program
The new North Dakota Department of Health Oral Health Program webpage provides information on oral health for various populations and offers data visualization. Shawnda Schroeder, PhD, and Blake Greiner, both of CRH, have been working with the Oral Health Program to develop content and analyze data for the new page.

When Concerns About Safety and Side Effects Lead to Vaccine Hesitancy
Shawnda Schroeder, PhD, was quoted in a Wyoming Media article about vaccine hesitancy in rural communities.

Funding & Other Opportunities

R-COOL-Health Scrubs Camp Now Accepting Grant Applications
Host a camp in your community. Through creative and interactive activities, these exciting camps provide an opportunity for students in grades 5-12 to learn more about health careers available in rural North Dakota.
Deadline: October 28

CRH Events

May 19 NDBIN Webinar Wednesdays
This webinar, hosted by the North Dakota Brain Injury Network (NDBIN), focuses on healthcare-related issues with Muslim patients and looks at the cultural and religious issues involved with illness, treatment, birth, end of life care, death, dietary restrictions, and more.
May 19 Overcoming Mental Health Stigma
May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and the Mountain Plains Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (MHTTC) is hosting a session on overcoming mental health stigma. Session objectives include defining mental health stigma, identifying common factors that influence mental health stigma, describing the consequences and impacts of stigma related to accessing mental health treatment, and exploring techniques to overcome various forms of stigma.
May 20 Clinical Supervision Practices for Mental Health and Substance Use Providers
Clinical supervision is critical in achieving a well-functioning clinical community. This training will focus on assessment and treatment planning 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.
May 25‑26 RHC Billing/Coding/Documentation Boot Camp
The North Dakota Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Grant Program is providing a free, virtual Rural Health Clinic (RHC) Billing/Coding/Documentation Boot Camp. This two-day boot camp focuses on clinical documentation, coding, and billing for RHCs and Federally Qualified Health Centers. Registration is due by May 20.
May 27 Providing Mental Health and Substance Use Treatment in an Integrated Care Setting
Integrated physical, mental health, and substance use care is effective in supporting the needs of people experiencing co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders. This session will describe effective integrated care models that promote long-term interventions for those experiencing co-occurring disorders.
June 2 NDBIN Webinar Wednesdays
The title of this webinar is Power of Patients, which is a start-up launched by Lynne Becker, the caregiver to two daughters with traumatic brain injuries. Becker will share her story and explain the Power of Patients, a free app that helps brain injury patients track their symptoms and triggers.
June 2‑4 Dakota Conference on Rural and Public Health – Virtual
Register for the 2021 Dakota Conference on Rural and Public Health. The conference, which will be held virtually, brings together healthcare professionals, educators, and students to share strategies for building and sustaining healthy communities in North Dakota.
June 14 Age-Friendly Webinar Series
The next age-friendly webinar from the Dakota Geriatrics program will focus on mobility.
June 16 NDBIN Webinar Wednesdays
Learn about the HeartSprings Community Healing Center in Fargo, North Dakota, as staff share information on their programs and how they may help a person with a brain injury.

Publications & Resources

Building Resilience Among Physical and Behavioral Healthcare Providers During a Global Health Pandemic
This Mountain Plains MHTTC toolkit has been developed to encourage self-care and to assist in building resilience among physical and behavioral healthcare providers amidst the global health pandemic. Shawnda Schroeder, PhD, and Per Ostmo, both of CRH, helped create the toolkit.

Healing Our Protectors: Building Resilience Among Tribal Law Enforcement Officers Through Cultural Interventions
This Mountain Plains MHTTC resource will help behavioral health treatment providers gain a deeper understanding of post-traumatic stress disorder experienced by tribal law enforcement officers.

A Conversation on Applying Restorative Justice to Elder Abuse
The California Elder Justice Coalition posted a recorded webinar discussing how restorative justice principles and practices can be applied to prevent Elder abuse. Jacque Gray, PhD, director of the National Indigenous Elder Justice Initiative, was among the webinar's panelists.

HIV and Hepatitis C in Rural Areas: Prevalence, Service Availability, and Challenges
In this archived webinar from the Rural Health Research Gateway, speakers highlight findings from recent work on estimating HIV and maternal hepatitis C prevalence in rural areas across the U.S. Speakers also discuss findings from a study on the challenges and promising practices in addressing HIV and hepatitis C outbreaks in rural areas.