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October 2023 Center for Rural Health Update

FOCUS on Rural Health

Leaders Today and Tomorrow
University of North Dakota (UND) School of Medicine & Health Sciences (SMHS) students share the value of supplementing their education with student interest groups.


Deadline Approaching for Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota Caring Foundation Grant
The Building Healthier Rural Community (BUILD) Grants Program is accepting applications until November 17.

How Academic Medicine Serves Rural Communities Across the Country
The UND SMHS is included as one of six Association of American Medical Colleges members to be featured in an article about how schools of medicine are serving rural communities across the country.

CRH Welcomes New Employee
Luke Hauge joins the Center for Rural Health (CRH) as an information specialist associate working with the Rural Health Information Hub (RHIhub).

Funding & Other Opportunities

Mind Matters Call for Presentations
Presentations for the Mind Matters Conference are now being accepted. Presentations should feature topics of interest to the community that highlight new innovative research, trends, practice strategies, and collaborative models of care for individuals living with a brain injury.
Deadline: December 1

Dakota Conference on Rural and Public Health
The Dakota Conference will be held June 4-6, 2024, in Grand Forks. Connect with healthcare professionals, educators, and students from across the state to discuss strategies and challenges related to rural health.

CRH Events

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.
October 23-27 Primary Care Week
National Primary Care Week is an annual event held to highlight the importance of primary care and bring healthcare professionals together.
October 30 Brain Injury Virtual Support Group
The North Dakota Brain Injury Network (NDBIN) hosts a monthly virtual support group for brain injury survivors, providers, and caregivers.
November 1 Webinar: More Than You Can See – A Mother's Memoir
Hosted by NDBIN, this webinar will feature Barbara Rubin as she shares her daughter's story with traumatic brain injury and her resulting communication disability.
November 2 New QSP Orientation Virtual Meeting
This monthly meeting will provide recently approved Qualified Service Providers (QSPs) an introduction to the QSP handbook as well as resources, links, and advice to support them as a QSP.
November 7 Building QSP Connections Group Virtual Meeting
The North Dakota QSP Hub hosts monthly meetings for individual QSPs and QSP agencies.
November 8 Webinar: Rural Definitions and Data – Changes After the 2020 Census
Hosted by RHIhub, this webinar will review how rurality is defined, changes that were made, and how this may affect rural areas' eligibility for federal funding.
November 14 TeleECHO: Common Cognitive Chances and Cognitive Rehabilitation
This stroke teleECHO will feature Haley Steffan, a specialist in speech-language pathology from Sanford Health.
November 14 TeleECHO: Symptoms Assessment and Interprofessional Goals of Care
This Geriatric and Age-Friendly clinic will share strategies for symptoms assessment.

Publications & Resources

Exploring Rural Health: Rural Housing
The October episode of RHIhub's Exploring Rural Health podcast features David Lipsetz of the Housing Assistance Council discussing the obstacles often faced by rural residents in need of housing, and the programs and organizations working to help them.

Recovering from a Cybersecurity Attack and Protecting the Future in Small, Rural Health Organizations
Hear from two Critical Access Hospital (CAH) leaders as they discuss cybersecurity attacks at their organizations and how they are working to prevent future attacks, in the RHIhub's recent Rural Monitor article.

Experiences With and Access to Evidence-Based Health Promotion Programs for Older American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian Peoples
Drs. Collette Adamsen and Robin Besse co-authored a journal article about what the American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian Evidence-Based Program Advisory Council found when they interviewed Elder services program staff, Title VI directors, and Elders about evidence-based programs.

North Dakota's Significant Rural Health Needs as Identified by CAHs Community Health Needs Assessments: 2020-2022 Aggregate Results for Rural North Dakota Hospitals
This report looks at significant rural health needs determined by Critical Access Hospitals from 2020-2022.