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November 2023 Center for Rural Health Update

FOCUS on Rural Health

Constructing a Bright Future in Healthcare
Critical Access Hospitals across North Dakota are updating their facilities in preparation to serve their communities for decades to come.


CRH Releases Updated Communication Toolkit
A toolkit from the Center for Rural Health (CRH) provides rural healthcare organizations with advice for communicating with their target audiences.

North Dakota Brain Injury Network Receives Gibbens Memorial Grant
The North Dakota Association for the Disabled awards grants for serving at-risk individuals.

Antonson Chosen as the North Dakota 2023 Community Star
Pete Antonson has been named the North Dakota 2023 Community Star recipient by the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health and CRH.

28 Rural Hospitals in North Dakota Recognized for Performance Excellence
Twenty-eight Critical Access Hospitals have been recognized for excellence from The Chartis Center for Rural Health.

National Rural Health Day Photo Contest Winners
CRH announces the top four images from our photo contest.

CRH Welcomes New Employee
Stephanie Weber joins the Rural Health Information Hub (RHIhub) as a project assistant.

Provider Experiences Needed for Colorectal Cancer Screening and Treatment
A University of North Dakota research study is looking to interview providers who work with colorectal cancer screening and treatment.

Funding & Other Opportunities

Mind Matters Call for Presentations
Presentations for the 2024 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

Funding Announcement: Rural Health Network Development Planning Program
The Federal Office of Rural Health Policy is making awards available for the 2024 Rural Health Network Development Planning Program. This program supports the planning and development of integrated healthcare networks seeking to expand access and improve quality of care in rural communities.
Deadline: January 26, 2024

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.

2024 North Dakota Flex Annual CAH and RHC Meeting
The 2024 Flex Annual Critical Access Hospital (CAH) and Rural Health Clinic (RHC) Meeting will be held April 17, 2024, at the Bismarck Event Center in Bismarck, North Dakota. This is an opportunity for CAHs and RHCs to come together in person and discuss issues regarding healthcare in North Dakota. All facilities are encouraged to send staff.

CRH Events

November 27 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.
December 5 Building QSP Connections Group Virtual Meeting
The North Dakota Qualified Service Provider (QSP) Hub hosts monthly meetings for individual QSPs and QSP agencies.
December 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.
December 12 TeleECHO: Urinary Incontinence
This Geriatric and Age-Friendly teleECHO features information on urinary incontinence.
December 13 Webinar: Sleep and Brain Injury
Hosted by NDBIN, this webinar will discuss strategies for getting good quality sleep after a brain injury.

Publications & Resources

One Health Recovery Doulas
One Health, a consortium of Federally Qualified Health Centers serving rural Montana, developed a team of "recovery doulas" who offer services to women and their partners from pregnancy through the first year of parenthood. Featured in RHIhub's Rural Health Models & Innovations.

Exploring Rural Health: National Rural Health Day and a Behavioral Health Community Star
The November episode of RHIhub's Exploring Rural Health podcast features Jason Lillich, Executive Director of Three Rivers Mental Health and Chemical Dependency Center in South Dakota. Jason and his organization are one of this year's NOSORH Community Stars.

Webinar Recording: Unmasking Brain Injury
Presented virtually on October 26 by Carly Endres at the 2023 North Dakota Cardiac and Stroke Conference. View the presentation slides.

Native Urban Elder Needs Assessment Survey: A Survey of Urban Elders, 2023 Data Book
Data collected through the Native Urban Needs Assessment Survey (NUENAS 1.0) is shared in this data booklet.

Scrubs Project Report
The Rural Collaborative Opportunities for Occupational Learning (R-COOL-Health) Scrubs Camps and Scrubs Academies share their activities over the past year.

Medical Students Write About Health Outcomes
The Targeted Rural Health Education (TRHE) project helps resident physicians and health profession students take a closer look at the health needs of communities in which they are training. The writers promote positive health outcomes in their rural communities. Here are the two most recent articles: