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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 Funding
The North Dakota Brain Injury Network (NDBIN) receives grant funding for work in traumatic brain injury.

Gibbens Presents "Understanding Rural Communities"
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 Available
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 Employees
Alley Thoelke and Brittany Dryburgh have joined the Center for Rural Health.

Funding & Other Opportunities

Call for Presentations: Mind Matters
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 injury.
Deadline: November 29

Funding Opportunity for CAH Subcontract Program
The request for proposal is now open for the North Dakota Critical Access Hospital (CAH) Subcontract Program.
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 Planning).
Deadline: January 28, 2022

Register Now As a Dakota Conference Sponsor/Exhibitor
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 Conference.
Deadline: March 1, 2022

Register Now for Early Bird Rates on Dakota Conference
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

CRH Events

November 17 POLST Awareness, Education, and Implementation Training
Hosted by Honoring Choices North Dakota, the Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) training is presented virtually.
November 17 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.
November 17 NDBIN Webinar Wednesday
This webinar features Synapse, a national nonprofit that works to combat isolation commonly experienced by individuals with brain injury.
November 18 National Rural Health Day
View events and resources for National Rural Health Day.
December 15 Frailty TeleECHO
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 Dakota.

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 healthcare professionals.

Rural Medication for Opioid Use Disorder (MOUD) Toolkit
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 Triglyceride
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.

Identifying 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.