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February 2022 Center for Rural Health Update

FOCUS on Rural Health

Gateway to Rural Health Research
The Rural Health Research Gateway offers current, federally-funded research focusing on rural healthcare.


Mind Matters Conference is Virtual
The 2022 Mind Matters Conference, sponsored by the North Dakota Brain Injury Network on March 24-25, will be held virtually.

New Rural Healthcare Podcast
The Rural Health Information Hub (RHIhub) has launched Exploring Rural Health, a new podcast focusing on rural healthcare.

Workforce Is Top Policy Priority in Rural Health, Says Director of Center for Rural Health
The Grand Forks Herald interviewed Center for Rural Health (CRH) employees Brad Gibbens, acting director, and Stacy Kusler, workforce specialist, about workforce needs in rural communities.

CRH Welcomes Two New Employees
Erin Kunz and Jessica Rosencrans have joined CRH.

Funding & Other Opportunities

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 its 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

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

February 16 TeleECHO: Addressing Top Problems Part 1 – Eliciting the Problems and Prioritizing
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.
February 23 Webinar: Agency Foster Home for Adults in North Dakota
This webinar, hosted by the North Dakota Brain Injury Network (NDBIN), talks about home and community-based services for survivors of brain injury.
February 28 Brain Injury Virtual Support Group
NDBIN hosts a monthly virtual support group for brain injury survivors, providers, and caregivers.
March 2 TeleECHO: Addressing Top Problems Part 2 – Solution Focused Approach to Engaging Families in Finding Solutions
This teleECHO series continues with clinics on pediatric mental health.
March 8 TeleECHO: Guardians of Healthy Longevity
This teleECHO series goal is to improve access to care for patients with complex conditions in communities throughout North Dakota.
March 9 POLST: Portable Medical Orders Training
Hosted by Honoring Choices North Dakota, this training is presented virtually.
March 15 Webinar: Rural-Urban Differences in Adverse and Positive Childhood Experiences
This webinar, hosted by the Rural Health Research Gateway, will discuss differences in positive and adverse childhood experiences in rural and urban settings.
March 16 TeleECHO: Compassion Fatigue and Secondary Trauma
This teleECHO series continues with clinics on pediatric mental health.

Publications & Resources

A New Era of Health Literacy? Expanded Definitions, Digital Influences, and Rural Inequities
Health literacy experts from Wisconsin Health Literacy and University of Maryland School of Public Health review rural challenges to accessing health information that is clear and usable and enables rural people to make personal health decisions. Along with an exploration of digital health literacy, recently expanded definitions of health literacy are discussed in RHIhub's latest Rural Monitor article.

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 two most recent articles: