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June 2021 Center for Rural Health Update

FOCUS on Rural Health

What Do Urban Native Elders Need?
Six groups united to form the Coalition on Urban Indian Aging in an effort to help urban Elders achieve health equity.


Rural Health Award Recipients Named
Twelve rural health awards were presented June 3 during the Dakota Conference on Rural and Public Health.

Behavioral Health Work Receives National Attention
Shawnda Schroeder, PhD, of the Center for Rural Health (CRH), and Andrew J. McLean, MD, presented on behavioral health issues in rural communities to the National Conference of State Legislators.

CRH Keeps Rural Clean
CRH staff recently cleaned three miles of North Dakota highway.

UND Hosting National Journalism Workshop
The University of North Dakota (UND) is hosting the Association of Health Care Journalist's virtual Rural Health Journalism Workshop June 21-23.

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

  • Holly Long is a project coordinator with the State Office of Rural Health/Blue Cross Blue Shield Caring Foundation grant.
  • Andrew Nelson is a digital storyteller with the Rural Health Information Hub (RHIhub).

Funding & Other Opportunities

Assessing the Effect of COVID-19 on the Well-Being of North Dakota Hospital Employees
Hospital staff – including administration, custodial staff, and direct-patient care providers – are invited to take a survey on the impact of COVID-19 on the well-being of hospital staff in North Dakota. The North Dakota Hospital Association, Mountain Plains Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (MHTTC), and CRH have partnered to complete the assessment. The survey is anonymous and should take less than 10 minutes.
Deadline: June 18

MHTTC Needs Assessment
If you reside in Health and Human Services Region 8, which includes North Dakota, South Dakota, Colorado, Montana, Utah, and Wyoming, you're invited to take this 10-minute needs assessment survey. The survey will help guide future Mountain Plains MHTTC training and technical assistance.
Deadline: June 25

Concussion Symposium Call for Presentations
The North Dakota Brain Injury Network (NDBIN) is hosting the 2021 Concussion Symposium September 17 and is currently calling for presentations. Presentation topics should highlight new research, practice strategies, trends, and collaborative care models for people who have sustained concussions or mild traumatic brain injuries.
Deadline: July 23

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

June 16 NDBIN Webinar Wednesday
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.
June 16 Dementia Friendly Healthcare and Community Symposium
The Dakota Geriatrics program is hosting a day-long symposium with national dementia care experts. As many as seven free educational credits will be available.
June 16 Interactional and Dynamic Relationships
Why are laughing, crying, and yawning contagious? This Mountain Plains MHTTC session will examine the interactional nature of relationships and how mirror neurons contribute to our interpretation and reactions to both intentional and unintentional messages.
June 16 Understanding the Impact of a Public Health Crisis on Physical and Behavioral Healthcare Providers
This Mountain Plains MHTTC webinar will outline common terms, introduce compassion fatigue, and discuss the impact of moral injury and traumatic stress. Speakers will also present a toolkit that has been developed to assist providers and their organizations in building resiliency.
June 23 Home Life, Clinical Care, and Work Relationships: Causes of Stress and Resiliency Building for Providers
Presenters of this Mountain Plains MHTTC webinar will discuss home life stressors, challenges of managing work relationships during a time of crisis, and the current issues facing providers as they work to offer quality care during a public health emergency. This session will also offer specific solutions and key resources for fostering resilience and balancing demands of home life, clinical care, and professional relationships during a pandemic.
June 24 Oral Health in Primary Care TeleECHO
Providing oral healthcare for uninsured adults or those covered by Medicaid is the topic of the next teleECHO virtual learning session.
June 24 How to Effectively Address Compassion Fatigue by Building Resiliency
Participants of this Mountain Plains MHTTC training can expect to recognize the symptoms of compassion fatigue, understand the differences between compassion fatigue and burnout, and learn research-based, resiliency-building practices.
June 30 NDBIN Webinar Wednesday
Neuro-optometrist DeAnn Fitzgerald will discuss the various impacts brain injuries can have on survivors' vision.
June 30 Preventing and Responding to Grief, Loss, and Secondary Traumatic Stress Among Providers
This Mountain Plains MHTTC webinar will address signs and symptoms of grief and loss among providers who have been present during the pandemic and will describe secondary traumatic stress. Presenters will also offer ways to prevent and respond to these experiences at both an organizational and individual level.
July 7 Promoting Resiliency at an Organizational Level
While efforts to promote resilience at an individual level are important, addressing characteristics of the external environment are at least as important. Targets for improvement at the organizational level include ensuring organizational efficiency by identifying inefficient workplace processes, a transformational work culture, and correction of negative leadership behaviors. This webinar is hosted by the Mountain Plains MHTTC.
July 13 Rural Transformational Leadership Series
CRH is hosting three free Zoom sessions, which include 90-minute interactive teaching case studies as well as small- and large-group discussions. Participants can attend one of three virtual sessions.
July 14 NDBIN Webinar Wednesday
Toby Trontvet of ABA Consultants will talk about applied behavioral analysis and how it can help those with brain injuries deal with behavioral challenges.
July 21 Experiential Ways to Build Up Your Mental Health and Resilience
Registered Psychotherapist Christina Ruggiero will provide an overview of the foundations of mental health wellness and guide participants through exercises that support self-reflection, relaxation, and the development of a personalized self-care plan. This webinar is hosted by the Mountain Plains MHTTC.

Publications & Resources

Rural Maternal Health Toolkit
RHIhub released a new toolkit on Rural Maternal Health. Produced in collaboration with the University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center and the NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis, this toolkit provides resources and information focused on developing, implementing, evaluating, and sustaining rural programs to address the factors that affect and influence maternal health.

Challenges Faced by Rural Primary Care Providers When Caring for COPD Patients in the Western United States
Kay Miller Temple, MD, of CRH was among the authors of this publication in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Diseases: Journal of the COPD Foundation.

Rumination and Quality of Life Among Northern Plains Indians
Jacque Gray, PhD, of CRH coauthored this article, which was published in Psychological Services.

Oral Health Program
The North Dakota Department of Oral Health Program has worked with CRH to revise the Oral Health Program webpage. The purpose of this significant revision is to ensure that community members, oral health stakeholders, and providers have easy access to oral health information. The website includes information on prevention programs, oral health data dashboards, program evaluations, and more.

Resident Physicians Write About Health Outcomes
The Targeted Rural Health Education (TRHE) project helps resident physicians and health profession students take a closer look at the health needs of communities in which they are training. In collaboration with the North Dakota Rural Health Association, CRH, and the UND Department of Family & Community Medicine, TRHE's goal is to help health-professionals-in-training to promote positive health outcomes in rural communities. Here are the five most recent articles.