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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 Available
Registration is open for Project ECHO's new series on stroke rehabilitation and recovery.

Threadgold Named Chairperson for National Advisory Council
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 Training
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 or virtually.
Deadline: October 6

Call for 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

CRH Events

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 21 TeleECHO: 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.
September 25 Brain Injury Virtual Support Group
NDBIN hosts a monthly virtual support group for brain injury survivors, providers, and caregivers.
October 3 Building QSP Connections Group Virtual Meeting
The North Dakota Qualified Service Provider (QSP) Hub hosts monthly meetings for individual QSPs and QSP agencies.
October 4 Webinar: 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.
October 5 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.
October 10 TeleECHO: What Matters to Older Adults
By participating in this Geriatric and Age-Friendly clinic, participants will expand their understanding of the senior patient population.
October 17 TeleECHO: Stroke Team Roles and Responsibilities, Interdisciplinary Team Process, and Practices
This Stroke Rehabilitation and Recovery teleECHO features best practices when working as a team to provide post-acute stroke treatment and care.

Publications & Resources

'Planting Seeds of Change': In Rural Counties, Expanding Jail-Based Mental Health Services is a Community Effort
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.

Overview & 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.