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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+ Members
Upcoming Project ECHO clinics will explore providing quality care to LGBTQ+ individuals in North Dakota.

CRH Welcomes New Employee
Shannan Stanke joins the Center for Rural Health (CRH) at the North Dakota Brain Injury Network (NDBIN) as a resource facilitator.

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.

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

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

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.

Flex 2024 Annual Meeting
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

CRH Events

January 17 TeleECHO: 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.
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.
January 22 Webinar: Rural Healthy People 2030 – Charting a Course for Rural Health Over the Next Decade
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 decade.
January 24 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.
January 29 Brain Injury Virtual Support Group
NDBIN hosts a monthly virtual support group for brain injury survivors, providers, and caregivers.
February 1 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.
February 13 TeleECHO: 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.
February 15 TeleECHO: Healthcare Considerations for LGBTQ+ Patients Across the System
In this teleECHO, Faye Seidler will host a discussion on considerations for LGBTQ+ patients.
February 20 TeleECHO: 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 of Montana.

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: