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
Deadline: January 28
Physical Plant Grant Program
A new funding opportunity is available to support Critical Access Hospitals' physical plant
Deadline: February 15
Deadline Extended: Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota Caring Foundation
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
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.
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
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: