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November 2022 Center for Rural Health Update

FOCUS on Rural Health

Helping Indigenous Elderly Plan for the Future
The My Advance Care Plan & Guide for Native Americans has been developed to assist Native American elderly think about future needs and share their wishes with their care team and loved ones.


Health Literacy in Rural America Twitter Chat, November 16
The Rural Health Information Hub (RHIhub) will be hosting a Twitter Chat on rural health literacy in rural communities on November 16.

Mental Health Service Directory Now Available
The North Dakota Health and Human Services Behavioral Health Division's directory allows for people to search for mental health services throughout the state of North Dakota.

Funding & Other Opportunities

Celebrate Rural Health!
The Center for 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.

Call for Presentations: Mind Matters
There is an open call for presentations for the North Dakota Brain Injury Network (NDBIN) 2023 Mind Matters Conference, March 23-24, in Mandan. Presentations should feature topics of interest to the community that highlight new research, trends, practice strategies, and collaborative models of care for individuals living with a brain injury.
Deadline: December 2

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. Primary focus areas include economic stability, education access and quality, and healthcare access and quality.
Deadline: December 2

Funding Announcement: Rural Health Network Development Planning Program
The Federal Office of Rural Health Policy is making awards available for the 2023 Rural Health Network Development (RHND) Program. The RHND Program is intended to address gaps in service, enhance systems of care, and expand capacity of the local rural healthcare system.
Deadline: January 6, 2023

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 2023 Dakota Conference on Rural and Public Health will be held on June 14-16 in Bismarck.

CRH Events

November 16 Webinar: Prevent Child Abuse North Dakota
Hosted by NDBIN, this webinar will feature Veronica Wiesz, a project manager with Prevent Child Abuse North Dakota, and a program shown to reduce abusive head trauma in children younger than two years of age.
November 16 #RuralHealthChat: Addressing Health Literacy in Rural America
Health Literacy is an individual's ability to find, understand, and use health information services to better inform their health decisions and actions. Join RHIhub on Twitter to discuss topics focused around rural health literacy using #RuralHealthChat.
November 17 National Rural Health Day
Join CRH and the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health in celebrating rural communities.
November 30 Webinar: SHOW Your Doctor Your Symptoms and Manage Your Care
At this NDBIN webinar, Lynne Becker will discuss how patients' data can show providers the pain and problems they experience. Learn what trends are emerging, what symptoms are the most pressing, and what can be treated, based upon patient and caregiver input.
December 13 TeleECHO: Fall Risk Assessment and Management
This geriatric and age-friendly teleECHO will discuss fall risk in aging patients and how to mediate challenges associated with older adult patients.
December 14 TeleECHO: Harm Reduction, What Is It?
This teleECHO will cover methods available to help reduce substance use disorder and sexually transmitted infections.
December 14 Webinar: Autoimmune Encephalitis 101
Jackie M. Stebbins, who was diagnosed with autoimmune encephalitic at age 34, shares her story of struggle, recovery, and her continuing journey. Hosted by NDBIN.

Publications & Resources

Rural Emergency Hospitals
RHIhub has released a new topic guide on Rural Emergency Hospitals featuring regulations and payment information, research, technical assistance providers, and more.

Rural Healthcare Payment and Reimbursement
Check out RHIhub's new topic guide on Rural Healthcare Payment and Reimbursement. It provides information on how rural healthcare providers are reimbursed by different payers and payment systems, and the impact of payment policies on rural healthcare.

Rural Health Research Recap – Aging in Place
This Rural Health Research Gateway recap looks at the percentage of older adults (65 and older) who live in rural counties compared to urban counties, and how their living situation can be impacted.

Rural Health Research Recap – Maternal Health Disparities: An Intersection of Race and Rurality
This Gateway recap examines the shortage of obstetric services and racial/ethnic disparities surrounding maternal and infant health.

Rural Health Research Recap – Travel Burden to Receive Health Care
This Gateway recap examines research regarding travel concerns to receive healthcare, looking at the differences between rural and urban residents, and barriers they may encounter.

Scrubs Project Report
This project report for the Rural Collaborative Opportunities for Occupational Learning in Health Scrubs Camps and Academies covers activities from 2021-2022.