January 2024 Center for Rural Health Update
FOCUS on Rural Health
The Doctors that ROME Built
Rural immersion programs offered through the University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health
Sciences develop a strong physician team in Devils Lake.
New Project ECHO Series: Providing Care to LGBTQ+
Upcoming Project ECHO clinics will explore providing quality care to LGBTQ+ individuals in North Dakota.
CRH Welcomes New
Shannan Stanke joins the Center for Rural Health (CRH) at the North Dakota Brain Injury Network (NDBIN) as a
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.
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
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
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.
Flex 2024 Annual
Register now for the 2024 Flex Annual Meeting for all North Dakota Critical Access Hospitals and Rural
Health Clinics on April 17 in Bismarck.
Deadline: April 2
Screening for Mental Health in Pediatric Primary Care Settings
This Pediatric Mental Health clinic will feature Dr. Jorgensen, a clinical psychiatrist who
specializes in child and adolescent psychiatry.
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.
Rural Healthy People 2030 – Charting a Course for Rural Health Over the Next
Hosted by the Rural Health Research Gateway, this webinar reports on the findings from Rural Healthy
People 2030 and identifies the most important health topics for rural communities over the next
Webinar: Safety on Wheels
with Safe Kids
Traumatic brain injury is the leading cause of death and disability for youth. Join Safe Kids Grand
Forks staff as they share tips for Safety on Wheels. Hosted by NDBIN.
Brain Injury Virtual Support
NDBIN hosts a monthly virtual support group for brain injury survivors, providers, and caregivers.
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.
Interprofessional Collaboration for Transitions of Care for Older Adults
This Geriatric and Age-Friendly clinic will share ideas and best practices for transitions of care.
Healthcare Considerations for LGBTQ+ Patients Across the System
In this teleECHO, Faye Seidler will host a discussion on considerations for LGBTQ+ patients.
Challenges with Daily Self-Care Activities (Activities of Daily Living/Instrumental
Activities of Daily Living)
Sarah Nordin, director of rehabilitation at Post Acute Medical, will host this Stroke Rehabilitation
and Recovery clinic.
Publications & Resources
Supporting People with
Disabilities in Rural Communities
The January episode of RHIhub's Exploring Rural Health podcast features Rayna Sage and Catherine
Ipsen, co-directors of the Research and Training Center on Disability in Rural Communities at the University
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 three most recent articles: