November 2021 Center for Rural Health Update
FOCUS on Rural Health
Rolette County Public
Health District Rolls Across the County
The Rolette County Public Health District purchased a mobile health unit which allows them to travel
throughout the county to see people in need of medical care.
North Dakota Brain Injury Network Receives Grant
The North Dakota Brain Injury Network (NDBIN) receives grant funding for work in traumatic brain injury.
Gibbens Presents "Understanding Rural
Brad Gibbens gave a presentation to the University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences
on the uniqueness of rural communities.
Oral Health TeleECHO Series Now
An eleven-part series focused on improving oral health in North Dakota, through services provided by primary
care and public health professionals, is now available.
The Case for Palliative Care
November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month.
Center for Rural Health Welcomes Two New
Alley Thoelke and Brittany Dryburgh have joined the Center for Rural Health.
Funding & Other Opportunities
Call for Presentations:
There is an open call for presentations for the NDBIN Mind Matters Conference, March 24-25, 2022 in Fargo,
North Dakota. Presentations should feature topics of interest to the community that highlight new research,
trends, practice strategies, and collaborative models of care for individuals living with a brain
Deadline: November 29
Opportunity for CAH Subcontract Program
The request for proposal is now open for the North Dakota Critical Access Hospital (CAH) Subcontract
Deadline: January 5, 2022
Blue Cross Blue Shield of North
Dakota Caring Foundation Grant Opportunity
The Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota Caring Foundation is now accepting applications for their rural
health grant program, with an emphasis on transforming the health and well-being of North Dakotans.
Deadline: January 6, 2022
Federal Funding Opportunity: Rural Health Network
Development Planning Program
The Health Resources and Services Administration's Federal Office of Rural Health Policy has released the
Notice of Funding Opportunity for the Rural Health Network Development Planning Program (Network
Deadline: January 28, 2022
Register Now As a Dakota Conference
Register now to be a sponsor/exhibitor for the Dakota Conference on Rural and Public Health, June 8-10,
2022, in Grand Forks, North Dakota.
Deadline: March 1, 2022
Dakota Conference Scholarship Funds
A limited number of scholarship funds are available to cover registration costs for the 2022 Dakota
Deadline: March 1, 2022
Register Now for Early Bird Rates on Dakota
Registration is open for the Dakota Conference, June 8-10, 2022, in Grand
Forks, North Dakota at the Alerus Center.
Early Bird Deadline: May 24, 2022
Education, and Implementation Training
Hosted by Honoring Choices North Dakota, the Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST)
training is presented virtually.
Twitter Chat: Digital
Equity and the Health of Rural Americans
Join this Twitter Chat, hosted by the Rural Health Information Hub's (RHIhub) and the National
Organization of State Offices of Rural Health.
NDBIN Webinar Wednesday
This webinar features Synapse, a national nonprofit that works to combat isolation commonly
experienced by individuals with brain injury.
National Rural Health
View events and resources for National Rural Health Day.
Sponsored by Project ECHO, this Geriatric and Age-Friendly TeleECHO's goal is to improve access to
care for patients with complex conditions in rural and underserved communities throughout North
Publications & Resources
It Takes a
Village: Rural Recruitment and Retention
RHIhub's latest Rural Monitor article features rural healthcare facilities in Kansas and North
Dakota and how their partnership with their communities has led to success in recruitment and retention of
Rural Medication for Opioid Use Disorder
RHIhub has released a new toolkit on Medication for Opioid Use Disorder. Produced in collaboration with
the NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis, this toolkit provides evidence-based models to address
opioid use disorder in rural communities.
Cholesterol: The Good, the Bad, and the
Joe Wood, a medical student at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences, writes
about the correlation of cholesterol and heart disease. He is part of the Targeted Rural Health Education
project which helps resident physicians and health profession students take a closer look at the health
needs of communities in which they are training.
Needs to Empower Native Elders
Collette Adamsen, Jordan Dionne,
and Courtney Davis Souvannasacd presented to the
Administration for Community Living Title VI Chat in November.