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April 2022 Center for Rural Health Update

FOCUS on Rural Health

The Next Generation of Healthcare Workers
A North Dakota high school student discovers a passion for healthcare through HOSA - Future Health Professionals.


Health Professions Education in Rural Communities TeleECHO
A new teleECHO series for health professions educators aims to improve student experiences and training in rural communities, as well as present ideas for recruitment strategies.

POLST Educational Session
POLST: Portable Medical Orders are a process and form for seriously-ill or frail that communicates patient wishes as medical orders.

Funding & Other Opportunities

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

April 20 Webinar: Pooled Trusts
The North Dakota Brain Injury Network (NDBIN) presents a webinar about pooled trusts and financial management.
April 27 TeleECHO: How Medical-Dental Integration is Working in North Dakota
This teleECHO will address how medical-dental integration is serving patients who would otherwise lack access to preventative dental services.
May 4 Webinar: Post-Acute Medical Health and Patients Post Brain Injury
This NDBIN webinar features presentations on rehabilitation programs offered at Post-Acute Medical Health and how technology can be used to facilitate patient rehabilitation.
May 5 TeleECHO: Health Professions Education – Expertise and Community Experiences
This teleECHO clinic provides opportunities for discussion on rural communities with experienced health professions educators.
May 11 POLST: Portable Medical Orders Awareness, Education, and Implementation Session
Hosted by Honoring Choices North Dakota, this training is presented virtually.
May 11 TeleECHO: Caring for Patients Who Are Covered by Medicaid and Billing for These Services
This teleECHO clinic addresses considerations when providing dental services for persons covered by Medicaid.
May 18 Webinar: Bumped His Head and Went to Bed
NDBIN hosts this webinar featuring Shannan Stanke and her book about the risk of mental health and mood decline after concussions.

Publications & Resources

Educating Future Healthcare Providers: Health Literacy Opportunities for Webside Manners
Experts share approaches to health literacy education for health profession trainees as care moves from bedside to webside. Check out this recent article in Rural Health Information Hub's Rural Monitor.

Anxiety, Depression, Stress, Burnout, and Professional Quality of Life Among the Hospital Workforce During a Global Health Pandemic
A study of North Dakota Critical Access Hospital (CAH) staff was conducted by University of North Dakota researchers and a CAH CEO to measure levels of anxiety, stress, burnout, and depression during a global health pandemic.

Mental Health During a Pandemic: Tips for Tough Times
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. This TRHE article touches on the importance of discussing mental health and provides suggestions to improve mental health during a pandemic.