January 2023 Center for Rural Health Update
FOCUS on Rural Health
20 Years of RHIhub: A Message from
In honor of Rural Health Information Hub's (RHIhub) 20th anniversary, read as program director Kristine
Sande reflects on the vision, history, and future of the program.
Davis Souvannasacd Completes Indigenous Public Health
Courtney Davis Souvannasacd recently completed her time with the Indigenous Public Health Leadership
Program, a leadership training institute for emerging public health leaders.
Streamlining Research Access
This article from the Minnesota Physician shares an interview with Per Ostmo about the Rural Health Research Gateway
'to the Brink' by the Pandemic, a Mississippi Clinic is Rebounding Strong
Brad Gibbens, acting director of the Center for
Rural Health (CRH), was interviewed in an article from NPR examining the struggle and recovery of a rural
clinic in Mississippi.
Reducing Barriers and Expanding Coverage for Colon
An article from the Quality Health Associates of North Dakota provides new information on colon cancer
Funding & Other Opportunities
Dakota CAH Subcontract Program
A request for proposals is now open for the North Dakota Critical Access Hospital (CAH) Subcontract Program.
Deadlines are on a rolling basis.
Technical Assistance Call: January 27
Dakota Conference on Rural and Public
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.
Scrubs Academy I Sponsorship
Your facility or organization has the 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
Deadline: February 15
Register now for the Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Program Annual Meeting for all Critical Access
Hospitals and Rural Health Clinics on April 25-26, in Minot.
Deadline: April 10
The new Rural Emergency Hospital (REH) provider designation is set to become an option for CAHs to consider
converting to, as of January 1. The Flex Program and the North Dakota Hospital Association have partnered to
provide statewide education related to the REH designation through August 21.
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 in health and access to care between rural and urban lesbian, gay,
bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning (LGBTQ) adults. Hosted by the Rural Health Research
Mental Health Screening and Interviewing
This pediatric mental health clinic will discuss rating scales used in primary care and how to
incorporate routine behavioral health screening tools.
Medical Services (EMS) and Integration of Behavioral Health and Primary Care
This webinar, hosted by RHIhub, will discuss access to emergency medical services in rural areas and
the integration of behavioral health and primary care services, through work of the National
Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services.
Hypothyroid, a Severe Brain Injury, and a Hit-And-Run
Lindsay Caron, who experienced a brain injury after being hit by an SUV while cycling, shares her
story. Hosted by the North Dakota Brain Injury Network (NDBIN).
Online support group for brain injury survivors, providers, and caregivers.
Linking Individuals with Support Services
This teleECHO clinic will cover aspects of current support services available in first line
healthcare facilities such as emergency rooms.
Communication in Older Adults
This geriatric and age-friendly clinic aims to share new ways to support aging patients in their
Publications & Resources
Child Access Issues – North Dakota
Presentation by Brad Gibbens to CAWS North Dakota. Concerns and solutions were discussed regarding maternal
child access issues throughout the state.
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 four most recent articles: