September 2023 Center for Rural Health Update
FOCUS on Rural Health
UND Health Workforce Experts
Share Research and Collaboration Efforts
Two health workforce programs housed at the University of North Dakota (UND) School of Medicine & Health
Sciences were presented at a statewide conference in June.
Register Now! New Stroke TeleECHO Series
Registration is open for Project ECHO's new series on stroke rehabilitation and recovery.
Threadgold Named Chairperson for National Advisory
Nicole Threadgold has been named chairperson for the Technical Assistance & Services Center/Small Rural
Hospital Improvement Program Advisory Council.
Funding & Other Opportunities
Certified Brain Injury Specialist
Register now to get certified as a Certified Brain Injury Specialist (CBIS), or to receive a Provisional
CBIS certification, on November 2 & 3 at the UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences in Grand Forks
Deadline: October 6
Presentations: 2024 Dakota Conference
The 2024 Dakota Conference on Rural and Public Health will take place June 4-6, 2024, in Grand Forks, North
Dakota. Applications are now being accepted for poster and oral presentations.
Deadline: October 10
Overdose Prevention Strategies – Is Your Community Ready?
This Behavioral and Public Health teleECHO will include a presentation on overdose prevention
strategies by Amy Lies.
Cannabis and Health – Where Are We Today?
This teleECHO on Behavioral Health in Primary Care will include discussion on the relationship of
cannabis to health.
Brain Injury Virtual Support
NDBIN hosts a monthly virtual support group for brain injury survivors, providers, and caregivers.
Building QSP Connections
Group Virtual Meeting
The North Dakota Qualified Service Provider (QSP) Hub hosts monthly meetings for individual QSPs and
Reflections of a Pediatric Survivor 42 Years Later
Hosted by NDBIN, this webinar will feature Brason Lee, a 60-year-old pediatric survivor of traumatic
brain injury. By reflecting on his experiences, Lee hopes to offer fellow survivors and their
caregivers a reason to believe in a future.
New QSP Orientation Virtual
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.
Matters to Older Adults
By participating in this Geriatric and Age-Friendly clinic, participants will expand their
understanding of the senior patient population.
Team Roles and Responsibilities, Interdisciplinary Team Process, and
This Stroke Rehabilitation and Recovery teleECHO features best practices when working as a team to
provide post-acute stroke treatment and care.
Publications & Resources
of Change': In Rural Counties, Expanding Jail-Based Mental Health Services is a Community
Learn about the high rates of mental health concerns in local jails across the country and rural efforts to
provide needed care to incarcerated people in this recent Rural Monitor article from the Rural
Health Information Hub (RHIhub).
Rural Recovery Housing
with Ernie Fletcher and Erica Walker
In the September episode of RHIhub's Exploring Rural Health podcast, guests from the Fletcher Group discuss
how recovery housing can support the healing of rural people with substance use disorders.
& Impact of Brain Injury
Presented by Carly Endres, NDBIN senior project
coordinator, to the North Dakota Mensa Regional Gathering on August 12.
Blood Pressure: What It Is, Why It's
Important, and How to Control It
Kenny Ryan, a fourth-year medical student at the UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences, writes about
the importance of managing your blood pressure. He 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.