July 2021 Center for Rural Health Update
FOCUS on Rural Health
Dakota Conference on Rural and Public Health Reaches a Large Audience
The Dakota Conference on Rural and Public Health held a virtual conference for healthcare stakeholders
across North Dakota.
Journalism Conference Spotlights UND's Rural-Health Strength
The Association of Health Care Journalists annual Rural Health Journalism Workshop 2021, a virtual
conference, was hosted by the University of North Dakota (UND) and the Center for Rural Health.
UND Today covered the rural healthcare workshop at which U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack
Child Tax Credit Helps Families
The Child Tax Credit will begin helping families in need throughout North Dakota.
Funding & Other Opportunities
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
Deadline: July 23
Cycle Management Training
Registration is now open for Revenue Cycle Management training on August 3. This virtual training is
sponsored by the North
Dakota Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Grant (Flex) Program and there is no registration
Deadline: August 2
Plains MHTTC Needs Assessment
Please take our short survey to help the Mountain Plains Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (MHTTC)
identify mental health training and technical assistance needs among individuals in Colorado, Montana, North
Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming.
Deadline: August 17
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
Deadline: October 28
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 event is hosted by the Mountain Plains
Maternity and Obstetrics Management Strategies Program: Highlights and Lessons Learned from
the Planning Year
The Rural Health Information Hub (RHIhub) is hosting a webinar on this federally-funded program
designed to collect information on rural obstetric services; using telehealth and specialty care;
building networks; and improving financial sustainability in an effort to improve rural maternal
Hospital: A Communications Crisis in a Rural Community
This webinar, hosted by the Flex program, looks at a real-life example of a hospital board that went
wrong. Participants will have the opportunity to learn from this experience and build an
understanding of the importance of crisis communication strategy as part of a larger emergency
Farm Stress Grab-n-Go Kits in HHS Region 7 and 8 Communities
The Mid-America MHTTC, the Mid-America Addiction Technology Transfer Center, and the Mountain Plains
MHTTC have collaborated to develop a set of easy-to-use presentations and flyers for use by
extension offices and behavioral health providers in farm communities. Participants will learn who
could benefit from using these free resources and how to use the resources effectively.
This session, hosted by NDBIN, will explain the 50/30/20 budget concept.
Introduction to WISE and Mental Health Awareness
The Mountain Plains MHTTC, in partnership with the National Center for School Mental Health at the
University of Maryland School of Medicine, has developed a free, self-guided online course, video
library, resource collection, and website focused on educator mental health awareness. This webinar
will introduce participants to Classroom WISE, a free, three-part training package that assists K-12
educators and school personnel in supporting students' mental health in the classroom. This training
is open to anyone who works with children or is interested in promoting mental health wellness in
their local schools.
and Addressing Youth Anxiety in School-Based Settings
This Mountain Plains MHTTC training will provide free resources designed to assist school
professionals in identifying anxiety in young people and provide strategies that address these
anxieties and underlying worries. A significant focus of this presentation will be on culturally
adaptive anxiety and the mental health practices used to help youth address those issues.
Care in the Shadow of a Pandemic
The Flex program is hosting a webinar on delivering value-based care while facing the challenges of
Practices and Helpful Considerations for Responding to Traumatic Stress in School for School
This training, hosted by the Mountain Plains MHTTC, will address the adverse impact of traumatic
stress on staff, including best practices and helpful considerations for use when responding to
traumatic stress in schools. This training is for administrators, teachers, and support providers.
Craig Phillips, who survived a brain injury, will share his story and how he found purpose after his
the Case for Trauma-Informed Practices in Schools
There are many factors to plan for and address when providing training on trauma-informed practices
(TIP) in your school or community. This Mountain Plains MHTTC training will provide strategies for
talking about trauma in schools, tips for self-regulation and self-care for trainers, and needs
assessment tools to determine the most important topics on which to focus. In addition, the trainer
will share guidance for structuring and developing effective TIP training in your school.
Publications & Resources
Patient Monitoring Helps Rural Patients Recover at Home
A new Rural Monitor article from RHIhub features Essentia Health, which serves Minnesota, North
Dakota, and Wisconsin. Its Remote Patient Monitoring program allows patients to recover at home while still
having access to medical attention.
Community Engagement: The Key to Getting New Science to the Rural End User
Miller Temple, MD, shared this presentation during the 2021 Dakota Cancer Collaborative on
Translational Activity Symposium.
Presents on Elder Abuse and Health Disparities
Jacque Gray, PhD, presented virtually on Elder
Abuse in Indian Country for the National Indian Health Board. She also discussed American
Indian/Alaska Native Mental Health Disparities virtually at the Association of Health Care
Journalists Rural Health Journalism Workshop.
Elder Abuse Awareness Day and Two Spirit Elderly
This article, authored by Jacque Gray, looks at Elder abuse and Two Spirit elderly and the connections