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December 2022 Center for Rural Health Update

FOCUS on Rural Health

Building a Better Community
A grant awardee addresses rural wellness with funding through the Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota Caring Foundation.


2022 National Rural Health Day Photo Contest Winners
The Center for Rural Health (CRH) announces the top four images from our photo contest.

New Toolkit Offers Tips on Emergency Response and Preparation for Rural Communities
An article from The Daily Yonder shares the importance of the Rural Emergency Preparedness and Response Toolkit from the Rural Health Information Hub (RHIhub).

New Native American Advance Care Planning Guide
The My Advance Care Plan & Guide for Native Americans is available to assist Indigenous elderly in planning for health and end-of-life decisions.

Funding & Other Opportunities

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

R-COOL-Health Scrubs Academy I Sponsorship
Your facility or organization has an opportunity to sponsor a student or students to attend the Rural Collaborative Opportunities for Occupational Learning in Health (R-COOL-Health) Scrubs Academy I in Grand Forks. The Scrubs Academy I serves as a mini-preparation program to strengthen academic skill sets associated with health disciplines and foster a relationship between students and healthcare professionals.
Deadline: February 15, 2023

Dakota Conference on Rural and Public Health
Take advantage of this 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.

Rural Emergency Hospital Opportunity
The new Rural Emergency Hospital (REH) provider designation is set to become an option for Critical Access Hospitals to consider converting to beginning January 1, 2023. The Flex Program and the North Dakota Hospital Association have partnered to provide statewide education related to the REH designation through August 21, 2023.

CRH Events

December 28 Webinar: Encompass Health, Formerly Altru Rehabilitation Hospital
Hailey Hand, from Encompass Health, will discuss benefits of acute inpatient rehab and share success stories. Hosted by the North Dakota Brain Injury Network (NDBIN).
January 4 TeleECHO: Harm Reduction, What Is It?
This teleECHO will cover methods available to help reduce substance use disorder and sexually transmitted infections.
January 11 Webinar: Brain Injury Is More Than Neurological Symptoms
Hosted by NDBIN, this webinar will feature two neurologists from The Neural Connection, a neurological disorder treatment center located in Bloomington, Minnesota. Participants will hear how brain injury is more than neurological symptoms and recommendations for treatment.
January 18 Webinar: Supporting the Health and Well-Being of Rural LGBTQ Adults
This webinar will feature researchers from the University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center as they describe differences between rural and urban lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning (LGBTQ) adults in health and access to care. Hosted by the Rural Health Research Gateway.

Publications & Resources

Rural Emergency Preparedness and Response Toolkit
Check out RHIhub's NEW toolkit that features frameworks and resources to support organizations implementing emergency planning, response, and recovery efforts in rural communities across the U.S. Includes over 30 case studies of rural communities that have experienced disasters and public health emergencies.

Telehealth in Rural North Dakota
A two-part policy brief examining the use of telehealth in North Dakota hospitals, barriers to implementation, and policy recommendations. Written by CRH acting director, Brad Gibbens.

Medical Students Write About Health Outcomes
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. In collaboration with the North Dakota Rural Health Association, CRH, and the University of North Dakota Department of Family & Community Medicine, TRHE's goal is to help health-professionals-in-training to promote positive health outcomes in rural communities. Here are the two most recent articles: