December 2023 Center for Rural Health Update
FOCUS on Rural Health
Finding the Equity in
Five projects focusing on health equity in rural communities were sponsored through the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention.
Urban Native Elders Needs Are Not Being
The Native Urban Elder Needs Assessment Survey was administered nationally to evaluate the quality of life
for urban Native Elders.
Survey of Older Natives Shows Health Disparities Compared to Tribes, General
The results of a National Resource Center for Native American Aging survey provides a nationwide snapshot of
the older Native Americans living in urban areas. Published in the Grand Forks Herald.
CRH Welcomes New Indigenous Health
Research Assistant Professor
Chia-Lin Chang previously worked as a research specialist for the National Resource Center on Native
American Aging at the Center for Rural Health (CRH).
Funding & Other Opportunities
Program on Utilizing the Inflation Reduction Act
This program is designed to support healthcare providers
and safety net organizations who may wish to use tax credits, grants, and other resources. Webinars and
breakout sessions are available to help organizations assess needs and opportunities.
Dakota Critical Access Hospital Subcontract Program
The deadline for the North Dakota Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) Subcontract Program Community Health
Needs Assessment (CHNA) Implementation has been extended. CAHs can apply for funding to support new
collaborative population health improvement programming and activities.
Deadline: December 27
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. The 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
The Rural Collaborative Opportunities for Occupational Learning in Health (R-COOL-Health) Scrubs Academies
are looking for sponsors for the 2024 season. Sponsorships can be used to cover the registration fee of
student(s) attending the academies or to help provide educational supplies, meals, and transportation during
Deadline: February 15, 2024
Dakota Conference on Rural and Public
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.
Publications & Resources
Keeping Rural EMS Reliable and
Sustainable, with James Small
The December episode of RHIhub's Exploring Rural Health podcast features James Small, Rural EMS
Outreach Director for the Wisconsin Office of Rural Health, discussing how Wisconsin identified gaps in EMS
service and efforts within the state to improve reliability and sustainability.
Shortages Are Making Recruitment and Retention Even More Challenging for Some Rural Healthcare
In RHIhub's latest Rural Monitor article, learn how housing shortages are affecting recruitment of
healthcare staff in rural communities across the country and discover the creative ways two communities are
addressing their shortages.
What Is Value
Based Care? What Does It Mean to Me?
Presented on December 5 by Brad Gibbens to the
Grand Forks Lions Club.
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 six most recent articles: