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December 2023 Center for Rural Health Update

FOCUS on Rural Health

Finding the Equity in Healthcare
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 Met
The Native Urban Elder Needs Assessment Survey was administered nationally to evaluate the quality of life for urban Native Elders.

UND Survey of Older Natives Shows Health Disparities Compared to Tribes, General Population
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

Catalytic 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.

2024 North 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

Sponsor Scrubs Academies
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 the academies.
Deadline: February 15, 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.

CRH Events

January 4 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.
January 9 TeleECHO: Atypical Presentations
This teleECHO clinic will address strategies and best practices in caring for senior populations.
January 16 TeleECHO: Common Communication and Swallowing Difficulties Associated with Stroke
Physical, cognitive, and emotional symptoms relevant to post-stroke care and safety will be addressed in this teleECHO.
January 18 TeleECHO: Professional Development Training on LGBTQ+ Identity
Join Faye Seidler, an advocate for LGBTQ+ populations, as she talks about identity in this Behavioral Health in Primary Care clinic.

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.

Housing Shortages Are Making Recruitment and Retention Even More Challenging for Some Rural Healthcare Providers
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: