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
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 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.
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.
National Primary Care Week is an annual event held to highlight the importance of primary care and
bring healthcare professionals together.
Brain Injury Virtual Support
The North Dakota Brain Injury Network (NDBIN) hosts a monthly virtual support group for brain injury
survivors, providers, and caregivers.
Webinar: More Than You Can See – A
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.
New QSP Orientation Virtual
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.
Connections Group Virtual Meeting
The North Dakota QSP Hub hosts monthly meetings for individual QSPs and QSP agencies.
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.
TeleECHO: Common Cognitive Chances and
This stroke teleECHO will feature Haley Steffan, a specialist in speech-language pathology from
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
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
Experiences With and Access to
Evidence-Based Health Promotion Programs for Older American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native
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.