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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 Training
A new online training is available from the National Indigenous Elder Justice Initiative (NIEJI).

Behavioral Health Workforce and Strategic Planning Meeting
A Behavioral Health Workforce and Strategic Planning Meeting is slated for September 26-27 in Bismarck, North Dakota.

Meet 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 Health (CRH).

Funding & Other Opportunities

Call for 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 Dakota.
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.

CRH Events

September 21 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).
October 5 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.
October 11 TeleECHO: Psychosocial and Spiritual Needs
This teleECHO will include information on best practices to meet psychosocial and spiritual needs in geriatric medicine.
October 12 TeleECHO: 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.
October 19 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 Toolkit
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 Communities
Michelle Meyer and Heather Skadsem presented in September to the United Tribes Technical College's Tribal Leaders Summit.

Identifying Our Needs: A Survey of Elders
Courtney Davis Souvannasacd presented to the United Tribes Technical College's Tribal Leaders Summit on September 6.