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January 2023 Center for Rural Health Update

FOCUS on Rural Health

20 Years of RHIhub: A Message from the Director
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 Leadership Program
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 program.

Brought '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 Cancer Screening
An article from the Quality Health Associates of North Dakota provides new information on colon cancer screening.

Funding & Other Opportunities

2023 North 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 Health
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.

R-COOL-Health 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 professionals.
Deadline: February 15

Flex Annual Meeting
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

Rural Emergency Hospital Opportunity
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.

CRH Events

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 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 Gateway.
January 18 TeleECHO: 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.
January 24 Webinar: Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and Integration of Behavioral Health and Primary Care Services
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.
January 25 Webinar: Hydrocephalus, 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).
January 30 NDBIN Virtual Support Group
Online support group for brain injury survivors, providers, and caregivers.
February 8 TeleECHO: 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.
February 14 TeleECHO: Communication in Older Adults
This geriatric and age-friendly clinic aims to share new ways to support aging patients in their home community.

Publications & Resources

Maternal 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: