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June 2023 Center for Rural Health Update

FOCUS on Rural Health

Helping Those Who Help Others
The North Dakota Qualified Service Provider (QSP) Hub assists rural caregivers.


Rural and Public Health Award Recipients
North Dakota rural health advocates honored at the Rural and Public Health Awards Banquet.

North Dakota CAHs Receive Funds to Implement Need-Oriented Projects
Funding from the North Dakota Critical Access Hospital (CAH) Subcontract Program has been awarded to local hospitals.

The Power of Rural Health Research
Published in the National Rural Health Association's Rural Horizons magazine, this article features interviews with Kristine Sande and Per Ostmo, who share the importance of rural health research.

Miller Temple and Schmitz Present on Targeted Rural Health Education Project
The presentation was held on June 8 at the first annual Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Health Equity Conference in Washington, D.C.

Funding & Other Opportunities

2023 North Dakota CAH Subcontract Program
A request for proposals is open for the North Dakota CAH Subcontract Program Community Health Needs Assessment Implementation Activity.
Deadline: June 30

R-COOL-Health Scrubs Camp Grant Applications Open
Grant applications are being accepted to host a Scrubs Camp in your community. Through creative and interactive activities, these exciting camps provide an opportunity for students in grades 5-12 to learn more about health careers available in rural North Dakota.
Deadline: August 1

CRH Events

June 21 TeleECHO: Pediatric Eating Disorders
This clinic, presented by Dr. Michelle Jorgenson, will feature a discussion on pediatric eating disorders.
June 26 Brain Injury Virtual Support Group
The North Dakota Brain Injury Network hosts a monthly virtual support group for brain injury survivors, providers, and caregivers.
June 26 Webinar: Ambulance Deserts – Geographic Disparities in the Provision of Ambulance Services
Dr. Yvonne Jonk, from the Maine Rural Health Research Center, will present key findings on people and places that are more than 25 minutes from an ambulance station, known as an ambulance desert. The webinar is facilitated through the Rural Health Research Gateway.
June 28 TeleECHO: Suicide Prevention Strategies – Is Your Community Ready?
This teleECHO will focus on current data, ways to prevent suicide, and how to become an advocate in rural North Dakota.
July 11 Building QSP Connections Group Virtual Meeting
The North Dakota QSP Hub hosts monthly meetings for individual QSPs and QSP agencies.
July 11 TeleECHO: Pressure Injuries
Attendees of this geriatric-focused teleECHO will learn about pressure injuries in older patients.
July 12 TeleECHO: Overdose Prevention Strategies – Is Your Community Ready?
This teleECHO session will discuss available overdose data, preventing overdoses in your community, and advocating in rural areas.
July 13 New QSP Orientation Virtual Meeting
This monthly meeting will provide recently approved QSPs an introduction to the QSP handbook as well as resources, links, and advice to support them as a QSP.
July 19 TeleECHO: A Multidimensional Approach to Managing Mood and Behavior in Autism Spectrum Disorder
Presented by Dr. Janice Forster, this Pediatric Mental Health clinic will discuss autism spectrum disorder.

Publications & Resources

When It's Not Enough: Sleep's Impact on Rural America's Health and Safety
Hear experts discuss rural sleep patterns as well as the connection to rural mental health, heart health, and driving in RHIhub' s latest Rural Monitor article.

Rural Health Professionals and Health Systems Presentations
The following presentations were delivered by CRH acting director Brad Gibbens:

Obstructive Sleep Apnea: It's More Than Just a Snore
Tiffany Barth, a third-year medical student at UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences, writes about the abnormal sleep pattern known as obstructive sleep apnea. She is part of the Targeted Rural Health Education project, which helps resident physicians and health profession students take a closer look at the health needs of communities in which they are training.