September 2022 Center for Rural Health Update
FOCUS on Rural Health
Rural Health Clinic Network
Receives HRSA Network Planning Grant
The North Dakota Rural Health Clinic Network continues building with assistance of a new grant through the
Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).
NIEJI Releases Online Cultural Sensitivity
A new online training is available from the National Indigenous Elder Justice Initiative (NIEJI).
Behavioral Health Workforce and Strategic Planning
A Behavioral Health Workforce and Strategic Planning Meeting is slated for September 26-27 in Bismarck,
Mary Wakefield, the Nurse Administrator Tasked with Revamping the CDC
An article from Kaiser Health News looks at the new challenge Mary Wakefield will take on at the
Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Wakefield is a former director for the Center for Rural
Funding & Other Opportunities
Presentations: 2023 Dakota Conference
The 2023 Dakota Conference will take place June 14-16, 2023 in Bismarck, North Dakota. Applications are now
being accepted for oral and poster presentations.
Deadline: October 19
R-COOL-Health Scrubs Camp Now
Accepting Grant Applications
Host a camp in your community! Through creative and interactive activities, these exciting camps provide an
opportunity for students in grades 5-12 to learn more about health careers available in rural North
Deadline: October 20
Blue Cross Blue Shield of North
Dakota Caring Foundation Building Healthier Rural Community (BUILD) Grants Program
Help to transform the health and well-being of rural North Dakotans and address social determinants of
health with the BUILD Grants Program. Primacy focus areas include economic stability, education access
and quality, healthcare access, and quality.
Deadline: November 16
Celebrate Rural Health!
CRH invites you to participate in National Rural Health Day on November 17. National Rural Health Day is an
opportunity to "Celebrate the Power of Rural" by honoring the selfless, community-minded spirit that
prevails in rural America.
Webinar: Saving Shannon, A
Family's Story of Strength and Devotion
This webinar features the story of Shannon, who experienced a traumatic brain injury at the age of
three, hosted by the North Dakota Brain Injury Network (NDBIN).
Webinar: Acceptance and Creating
Our New Normal after Brain Injury
NDBIN hosts Craig Phillips, a brain injury survivor, in this webinar to share the importance of
acceptance and finding your new normal.
Psychosocial and Spiritual Needs
This teleECHO will include information on best practices to meet psychosocial and spiritual needs in
Words Matter - The Power of Language to Strengthen Services for Substance Use Disorder and
Sexually Transmitted Infections
In this teleECHO, participants will learn about language, stigma, discrimination, and how to ensure
all people who seek care are treated with respect.
Webinar: Encompass Health,
Formerly Altru Rehabilitation Hospital
Featuring Hailey Hand, of Encompass Health, this NDBIN webinar will discuss the benefits of acute
inpatient rehab for brain injury survivors.
Publications & Resources
Rural Health Literacy
This newly released evidence-based toolkit on the Rural Health Information Hub website contains resources
and information focused on developing, implementing, evaluating, and sustaining rural health literacy
programs. Created in collaboration with NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis.
The Native Aging in Place
Project: Building Sustainable Long-Term Services & Supports Capacity in Tribal
Michelle Meyer and Heather Skadsem presented in September to
the United Tribes Technical College's Tribal Leaders Summit.
Our Needs: A Survey of Elders
Courtney Davis Souvannasacd
presented to the United Tribes Technical College's Tribal Leaders Summit on September 6.