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February 2023 Center for Rural Health Update

FOCUS on Rural Health

Coming Full Circle
University of North Dakota alumnus Matthew Campion takes on leadership role for a Critical Access Hospital in South Dakota.


North Dakota Brain Injury Network Video Project
The North Dakota Brain Injury Network (NDBIN) is requesting video submissions to help celebrate their 10-year anniversary.

Medicaid Continuous Enrollment Coming to an End
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announces upcoming changes to eligibility requirements for Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program.

2023 Mind Matters Conference Is March 23-24
The annual NDBIN Mind Matters Conference will be held in Mandan, North Dakota, and available virtually. The keynote speaker this year is Kim Gorgens, a neuropsychologist who has worked for decades studying and treating the brain.

Funding & Other Opportunities

Dakota Conference on Rural and Public Health
The 2023 Dakota Conference on Rural and Public Health will be held on June 14-16 in Bismarck. Connect with healthcare professionals, educators, and students from across the state to discuss strategies and challenges related to rural health.

Flex Annual Meeting
Register now for the Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Program Annual Meeting for all Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) 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 now 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 31.

2023 North Dakota CAH Subcontract Program
A request for proposals is now open for the North Dakota CAH Subcontract Program. Deadlines are on a rolling basis.

CRH Events

February 22 Webinar: Brain Injury and Addiction
Join Rebecca Quinn, director of NDBIN, as she discusses why addiction can be a side effect of brain injury and tools to combat addiction among survivors.
February 27 Brain Injury Virtual Support Group
NDBIN hosts a monthly virtual support group for brain injury survivors, providers, and caregivers.
March 8 TeleECHO: Reflections of Medication Assisted Treatment
Join in a discussion about the ethics of Medically Assisted Treatment (MAT) and learn how to end the stigma of MAT.
March 9 TeleECHO: Adult ADHD
Learn about adult attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in this behavioral health in primacy care teleECHO.
March 14 TeleECHO: Interprofessional Collaboration with Fall Risk Home Evaluation and Intervention
This geriatric and age-friendly clinic aims to share new ways to support aging patients by evaluating home fall risk.

Publications & Resources

Health Equity in Rural America: Two-Part Podcast Series
In this special two-part series of Rural Health Information Hub's (RHIhub) Exploring Rural Health podcast, Alana Knudson and Luciana Rocha of the NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis provide an overview of rural health equity, while representatives from the West Marion Community Forum and Two Georgias Initiative share their experiences with creating and implementing health equity initiatives in rural communities.

A Rural Therapist and School Program Address Teen Mental Health
This recent Rural Monitor article from RHIhub discusses the need for mental health services for rural teens. It features a trauma therapist in rural West Virginia and a Sources of Strength program at a Wisconsin school, which both incorporate teenagers' strengths and interests and connect them with trusted adults in order to improve their mental health.

Seventh Biennial Report: Health Issues for the State of North Dakota, 2023
This report updates legislators on the current state of the health for people in the state, the healthcare delivery system, and the ways North Dakotans can access high quality healthcare at an affordable cost.