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December 2021 Center for Rural Health Update

FOCUS on Rural Health

CRH Assists with Community Development and Engagement
The State Office of Rural Health and the Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Program at the Center for Rural Health (CRH) provide resources to assist rural healthcare organizations.


Department of Indigenous Health, CRH Host Virtual Lecture Series for Dental Providers
CRH and the Department of Indigenous Health will host teleECHO training sessions to train dental providers in North Dakota on addressing primary healthcare concerns using Project ECHO.

Native Aging in Place Project to Expand Efforts
The Native Aging in Place Project will expand efforts to engage community connections and train caregivers on providing support for Elders who want to continue to live at home.

2021 Photo Contest Winners
Winners of the National Rural Health Day photo contest are announced.

A Message from 3RNET on Recruitment and Retention
3RNET can assist healthcare facilities in North Dakota with recruitment and retention of staff.

Beyer Named North Dakota Community Star
Katie Beyer, a prevention specialist with City-County Health District, has been named North Dakota's 2021 Community Star.

Funding & Other Opportunities

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

CAH Physical Plant Grant Program
A new funding opportunity is available to support CAHs physical plant improvement.
Deadline: February 15, 2022

2022 Mind Matters Conference
Sponsored by the North Dakota Brain Injury Network (NDBIN), this two-day annual conference features nationally renowned speakers and highlights new research, trends, practice strategies, and collaborative models of care. Conference participants will have the option to attend in person or virtually.

Dakota Conference on Rural and Public Health
Don't miss out on the opportunity to connect with healthcare professionals, educators, and students from across the state. The 2022 Dakota Conference on Rural and Public Health is slated for June 8-10 at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks, North Dakota.

CRH Events

January 12, 2022 TeleECHO: Chief Dental Officer and Assistant Surgeon General on Integration of Oral Health and Overall Health
This teleECHO series is focused on providing local training and case presentations to assist dental teams in providing comprehensive care to members of rural communities.
January 12, 2022 POLST Awareness, Education, and Implementation Training
Hosted by Honoring Choices North Dakota, the Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) training is presented virtually.
January 12, 2022 NDBIN Webinar Wednesday
Listen to Jamie Tingey, PhD, talk about telehealth cognitive behavioral therapy as an intervention for chronic pain.
January 18, 2022 Webinar: Aging in Place in Rural America - Challenges, Opportunities, and Policy Initiatives
Hosted by the Rural Health Research Gateway, this webinar will look at challenges, opportunities, and policy implications for older adults who want to remain at home in rural communities.

Publications & Resources

Understanding the "Tool-ish-ness" of Telehealth: Q & A with Dr. Jonathan Neufeld
Check out RHIhub’s latest Rural Monitor article. Great Plains Telehealth Resource & Assistance Center program director, clinical psychologist, and telehealth expert Dr. Jonathan Neufeld discusses telehealth as a set of tools. But when those tools are used by skilled providers, rural health inequities can be impacted.

Rural Health Research RECAP: Rural Nursing Workforce
Rural Health Research Gateway Recap on the rural nursing workforce explores RN-to-BSN education programs, nurse practitioners as primary care providers, job preparedness and satisfaction, and rural challenges.

Medical Students 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 University of North Dakota 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 three most recent articles: