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January 2022 Center for Rural Health Update

FOCUS on Rural Health

From Dream to Doctor
As a third-year medical student, Mat Gerving discovers his passion for rural medicine.


Sande Named to NRHA Board of Trustees
Kristine Sande has joined the National Rural Health Association (NRHA) Board of Trustees.

Davis Souvannasacd Named to Native American 40 Under 40
Courtney Davis Souvannasacd was named to the Native American 40 Under 40 by the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development.

Funding & Other Opportunities

Federal Funding Opportunity: Rural Health Network Development Planning Program
The Health Resources and Services Administration's Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) has released the Notice of Funding Opportunity for the Rural Health Network Development Planning Program (Network Planning).
Deadline: January 28

CAH Physical Plant Grant Program
A new funding opportunity is available to support Critical Access Hospitals' physical plant improvement.
Deadline: February 15

Deadline Extended: 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: March 1

Small Health Care Provider Quality Improvement Grant Program
The Small Health Care Provider Quality Improvement Program, funded by FORHP, supports planning and implementation of quality improvement activities for rural primary care providers or providers of healthcare services. Program objectives include increased care coordination, enhanced chronic disease management, and improved health outcomes for patients.
Deadline: March 21

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 on March 24-25.

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 19 TeleECHO: Pediatric Mental Health Screenings (Part 2)
This teleECHO series is focused on building and strengthening capacity of best practice care among primary care and other providers supporting pediatric patients with mental health conditions.
January 19 The Rural Emergency Hospital, a New Hospital Type
The Rural Health Information Hub is hosting this webinar on Rural Emergency Hospitals.
January 25 TeleECHO: The Importance of Cultural Competence in Palliative Care – Understanding Cultural Backgrounds
This teleECHO series provides insight on how to organize and better understand palliative care services for patients in rural and underserved communities throughout North Dakota.
January 31 Brain Injury Virtual Support Group
NDBIN hosts a monthly virtual support group for brain injury survivors, providers, and caregivers.
February 2 TeleECHO: Crisis Planning for Suicidal Patients
This teleECHO series continues with clinics on pediatric mental health.
February 8 TeleECHO: Sleep Disorders in Older Adults
This teleECHO series goal is to improve access to care for patients with complex conditions in communities throughout North Dakota.
February 9 POLST: Portable Medical Orders Training
Hosted by Honoring Choices North Dakota, this training is presented virtually.

Publications & Resources

Top 10 Rural Monitor Articles of 2021
Articles on vaccination, swing beds, COPD, cancer, workforce, and more made it onto the year's most-read list.

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: