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August 2023 Center for Rural Health Update

FOCUS on Rural Health

Scrubs Academy I Returns to UND
In June the Rural Collaborative Opportunities for Occupational Learning in Health (R-COOL-Health) Scrubs Academy returned to the University of North Dakota and provided North Dakota middle school students with an opportunity to explore career options in healthcare.


Primary Care Week Community Meet and Greet
A meet and greet for students and North Dakota healthcare facilities will be held at the UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences on October 26.

Scrubs Camp Grant Recipients Announced
The 2023-2024 R-COOL-Health Scrubs Camp grant recipients have been awarded funding.

CRH Welcomes New Employee
Jeffrey Koss joins the Center for Rural Health (CRH) as a data visualization specialist working with the Rural Health Information Hub.

Participants Needed: Virtual Colorectal Cancer Screening Study in North Dakota
A study on colorectal cancer screening in North Dakota is looking for participants to engage in a virtual discussion in several counties throughout the state.

Center for Rural Health Bridges Gaps Through Local News
The Targeted Rural Health Education (TRHE) project teaches UND medical students how to write newspaper articles for the communities they are serving. Published in UND Today.

Funding & Other Opportunities

Virtual Concussion Symposium
The North Dakota Brain Injury Network (NDBIN) is hosting a free virtual symposium on September 15. Participants will hear presentations discussing new concussion research, trends, strategies, and collaborative models of care.

CRH Events

August 17 TeleECHO: Medication-Psych Link, Part 2
Part two of a multi-part series on behavioral health in primary care.
August 28 Brain Injury Virtual Support Group
NDBIN hosts a monthly virtual support group for brain injury survivors, providers, and caregivers.
September 5 Building QSP Connections Group Virtual Meeting
The North Dakota Qualified Service Provider (QSP) Hub hosts monthly meetings for individual QSPs and QSP agencies.
September 6 TeleECHO: Steps from Screening to Treatment
This clinic will be presented by Dr. Rachel Brown and will feature a discussion on pediatric mental health.
September 6 Webinar: Nutrition and Brain Injury
The webinar will share the importance of proper nutrition after a brain injury, featuring The Neural Connection. Hosted by NDBIN.
September 7 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.
September 12 TeleECHO: Prescribing Cascades
A prescribing cascade is when an adverse drug event is misinterpreted as a new medical condition, leading to the addition of another, potentially avoidable, medication. Learn about prescribing cascades in older patients in this teleECHO.
September 20 TeleECHO: Overdose Prevention Strategies – Is Your Community Ready?
This Behavioral and Public Health teleECHO will include a presentation on overdose prevention strategies by Amy Lies.
September 20 Webinar: The Power of the Process
This webinar will feature Chantal Davis, a brain injury survivor and president and CEO of Mallory Davis, Inc., as she shares the strategy she uses for herself and her clients to succeed in life after brain injury. Hosted by NDBIN.

Publications & Resources

The Frontier of Harm Reduction: Expanding Services for Rural People Who Use Drugs
Learn more about innovative harm reduction strategies being tested across the country in response to rising rates of overdose death and injection-related disease in Rural Health Information Hub's recent Rural Monitor article.

Rethinking Mental Health: A Community Approach
Ashlyn Krieger, a third-year medical student at the UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences, writes about mental health. She is part of the TRHE project, which helps resident physicians and health profession students take a closer look at the health needs of communities in which they are training.