February 2022 Center for Rural Health Update
FOCUS on Rural Health
Gateway to Rural Health
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
New Rural Healthcare Podcast
The Rural Health Information Hub (RHIhub) has launched Exploring Rural Health, a new podcast focusing on
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
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.
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: