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March 2022 Center for Rural Health Update

FOCUS on Rural Health

Rural Rock Stars in Standing Rock
A doctor and a dentist work together to provide better care for patients on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation.


Eight North Dakota Hospitals Named Among Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals
In February, eight North Dakota hospitals were named to a national Top 100 list.

Gray Receives Elder Abuse Award from the University of Southern California
Jacque Gray, PhD, was honored at the USC Judith D. Tamkin International Symposium on Elder Abuse.

Observations of an Emergency Room
A spiritual/grief coordinator shares her observations during a medical emergency.

Funding & Other Opportunities

2022 Mind Matters Virtual Conference
Sponsored by the North Dakota Brain Injury Network (NDBIN), this two-day virtual conference features nationally renowned speakers and highlights new research, trends, practice strategies, and collaborative models of care. The conference will be held 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

March 16 Community Connections with Unmasking Event – Dickinson
Hosted by NDBIN, individuals with a brain injury are invited to create personalized masks to represent their experiences and journeys.
March 16 Compassion Fatigue and Secondary Trauma
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.
March 22 Legal and Ethical Aspects of Palliative Care – Addressing Consent and Decision Making Challenges
This teleECHO provides insight on the importance of providing palliative care to rural populations and examines best practices for patients with complex medical conditions.
March 23 Talking With Patients About Fluoridation and Safe Drinking Water
This teleECHO series provides local training to assist dental teams.
March 24-25 2022 Mind Matters Conference – Virtual
This two-day annual conference features nationally renowned speakers and highlights new research, trends, practice strategies, and collaborative models of care.
March 28 Brain Injury Virtual Support Group
NDBIN hosts a monthly virtual support group for brain injury survivors, providers, and caregivers.
April 5 Powerful Tools for Caregivers
Hosted by NDBIN, this class helps caregivers take better care of themselves while caring for a friend or relative.
April 6 Oppositional or Disruptive Behaviors
This teleECHO series continues with this clinic on pediatric mental health.
April 6 Webinar: Home Therapy Solutions
This webinar, hosted by NDBIN, discusses how people can maximize their independence in the comfort of their own homes.
April 12 Practice Manager Workshop Session #1
This workshop for Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) is focused on conducting a self-audit and maintaining compliance.
April 12 Gait Disorders in Older Adults
The goal of this teleECHO is to improve access to care for patients with complex conditions in North Dakota.
April 13 Role of North Dakota Dental Teams in Addressing Pediatric Oral Health – School-Based Programs
In this teleECHO, hear from local dental providers as they illustrate how dental teams in North Dakota serve as primary care providers.
April 14 Critical Access Hospitals Annual Meeting
The annual meeting is an opportunity for all Critical Access Hospitals to discuss pertinent healthcare issues in North Dakota.
April 19 Practice Manager Workshop Session #2
This RHC workshop focuses on integrated emergency plans and program evaluations.
April 20 POLST: Portable Medical Orders Training
Hosted by Honoring Choices North Dakota, this training is presented virtually.
April 20 Cultural Competence and Humility
This pediatric mental health teleECHO talks about cultural competence and humility.

Publications & Resources

Public Transportation’s Role in Rural Healthcare Access with Carol Wright Kenderdine
RHIhub’s new Exploring Rural Health podcast episode features Carol Wright Kenderdine, the director of Easter Seals Transportation Group, and co-director of the National Aging and Disability Transportation Center. She discusses the transportation needs and challenges faced by older adults and people with disabilities in rural communities as they try to access healthcare, meet their daily needs, and avoid social isolation.

Opioid Use Disorder and Treatment: Rural-Urban Comparisons
This recap from the Rural Health Research Gateway examines rural-urban comparisons related to opioid use disorder.

In February, Brad Gibbens presented the following: