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July 2021 Center for Rural Health Update

FOCUS on Rural Health

Virtual 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.


National 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 spoke.

The Child Tax Credit Helps Families
The Child Tax Credit will begin helping families in need throughout North Dakota.

Funding & Other Opportunities

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

Revenue 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 fee.
Deadline: August 2

Mountain 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

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

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 event is hosted by the Mountain Plains MHTTC.
July 21 Rural 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 care.
July 27 Fullerton 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 preparedness plan.
July 28 Implementing 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.
July 28 NDBIN Webinar Wednesday
This session, hosted by NDBIN, will explain the 50/30/20 budget concept.
July 29 An 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.
August 4 Identifying 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.
August 10 Value-Based Care in the Shadow of a Pandemic
The Flex program is hosting a webinar on delivering value-based care while facing the challenges of today.
August 11 Best Practices and Helpful Considerations for Responding to Traumatic Stress in School for School Staff
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.
August 11 NDBIN Webinar Wednesday
Craig Phillips, who survived a brain injury, will share his story and how he found purpose after his injury.
August 18 Making 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

Remote 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.

Rural Community Engagement: The Key to Getting New Science to the Rural End User
Kay Miller Temple, MD, shared this presentation during the 2021 Dakota Cancer Collaborative on Translational Activity Symposium.

Gray 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.

World 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 between them.