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March 2023 Center for Rural Health Update

FOCUS on Rural Health

Additional Training for Healthcare Professionals Helps Employees, Facilities, and Communities
The Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Program (Flex) opens professional doors through cost-sharing opportunities with rural health facilities.


Now Accepting North Dakota Flex Program CAH Grant Applications
The 2023 North Dakota Critical Access Hospital (CAH) Subcontract Program applications are open. Deadlines are on a rolling basis.

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. The submission deadline is May 1.

CRH Welcomes New Employees
Chia-Lin Chang and Kay Hager join the Center for Rural Health (CRH).

CRH Staff Member Participates in University of North Dakota Writers Conference
Erin Kunz will partake as part of the Voices of the Valley project.

Funding & Other Opportunities

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 is Kim Gorgens, who will speak about sleep after brain injury and long-term perspectives on brain injury recovery, risk reduction, and research.

Dakota Conference on Rural and Public Health
The 2023 Dakota Conference on Rural and Public Health will be held 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 Flex Annual Meeting for all CAHs and Rural Health Clinics on April 25-26 in Minot.
Deadline: April 10

CRH Events

March 27 Brain Injury Virtual Support Group
NDBIN hosts a monthly virtual support group for brain injury survivors, providers, and caregivers.
March 28 Webinar: Using the 2023 Rural Population Health Chartbook
This webinar will describe the data and charts within the 2023 Rural Population Health Chartbook from the North Carolina Rural Health Research Program with the goal of giving users ideas on how to best use the information. Hosted by the Rural Health Research Gateway.
March 29 TeleECHO: Words Matter – The Power and Language to Strengthen Services for Substance Use Disorder and Sexually Transmitted Infections
This Behavioral and Public Health TeleECHO will include a discussion of language, stigma, and discrimination as a means of ensuring that all people who seek care for sexually transmitted infections or substance use disorder are treated with respect.
April 5 TeleECHO: Pharmacological Approaches
Join Dr. Jane Bischoff, a board-certified psychiatric pharmacist, as she discusses pharmacological approaches in pediatric medicine.
April 11 TeleECHO: Geriatric Pharmacology
Learn about best practices and the newest advances in treatment in this geriatric and age-friendly teleECHO.
April 12 TeleECHO: Law and Ethics – What to Do When Conflicts Occur
This clinic will cover infectious disease mandatory reportable conditions and ethical responsibility in behavioral and public health.
April 13 TeleECHO: Adult ADHD
Learn about adult attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in this Behavioral Health in Primary Care teleECHO.
April 19 Webinar: North Dakota Brain Injury State Plan
Join Rebecca Quinn as she discusses the mission of the North Dakota Brain Injury Advisory Council and the details of North Dakota's latest Brain Injury State Plan.
April 19 TeleECHO: Depression
In this Pediatric Mental Health teleECHO, attendees will learn about depression in children.

Publications & Resources

Rural Aging Action Network
A collaborative of organizations offer caregiver support, behavioral health, financial counseling, and assistance with household duties to underserved older adults in rural North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, and Montana. See this new model in the Rural Health Information Hub's Models and Innovations.

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. The writers promote positive health outcomes in their rural communities. Here are the three most recent articles: