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February 2024 Center for Rural Health Update

FOCUS on Rural Health

Searching for Bigfoot in Traill County
Traill District Health Unit finds success with outdoor wellness program.


2024 Mind Matters Conference to Be Held March 21-22 in Fargo
The Mind Matters Conference is hosted by the North Dakota Brain Injury Network (NDBIN) with keynote speakers sponsored by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.

Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, and Certified Nurse Midwives, We Want To Hear From You
The Healthcare Workforce Group is seeking maternal healthcare survey responses.

Nourishing the Spirit: The Role of Traditional Foods in Native Elder Health
An International Council on Active Aging blog post was published with information Dr. Collette Adamsen presented about nutrition and native Elder health.

CRH Welcomes New Employee
Cole Ward joins the National Resource Center for Native American Aging as an outreach coordinator.

Funding & Other Opportunities

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 22

Dakota Conference on Rural and Public Health
The Dakota Conference will be held June 4-6 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 Critical Access Hospital Subcontract Program
A request for proposals is open for the North Dakota Critical Access Hospital Subcontract Program to be used for financial/operational improvement.
Deadline: March 4

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

Catalytic Program on Utilizing the Inflation Reduction Act
The Catalytic Program on Utilizing the Inflation Reduction Act 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.

CRH Events

February 21 TeleECHO: Engagement Strategies – A Transdiagnostic Approach to Treatment, Part 1
Presented by Dr. Larry Wissow from the Seattle Children's Hospital, this two-part series will focus on pediatric mental health.
February 21 Webinar: Brain Injury Healthy Lifestyle Study Opportunity
Hear about an upcoming research study from the Baylor Scott & White Research Institute on traumatic brain injuries and a healthy lifestyle. Hosted by NDBIN.
February 26 Brain Injury Virtual Support Group
NDBIN hosts a monthly virtual support group for brain injury survivors, providers, and caregivers.
February 29 Webinar: The Importance of Screening for Postpartum Depression at Well-Child Visits
Hosted by the North Dakota Rural Health Association, this webinar will feature Dr. Kathryn Obregon, a pediatrics specialist with CHI St. Alexius Health in Bismarck.
March 5 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.
March 6 TeleECHO: Engagement Strategies – A Transdiagnostic Approach to Treatment, Part 2
The second part of a two-part series, this clinic will feature discussion lead by Dr. Larry Wissow from the Seattle Children's Hospital.
March 14 TeleECHO: Advance Care Planning
Discover strategies for advance care planning in this Geriatric and Age-Friendly teleECHO.
March  19 TeleECHO: Mobility, Hemiplegia, Fall Prevention Utilizing Technology
PAM Health Rehabilitation Hospital will present this Stroke Rehabilitation and Recovery teleECHO.
March 20 TeleECHO: Motivational Interviewing
This Pediatric Mental Health clinic will be presented by Roxy Vandendries from Sanford Health.

Publications & Resources

Rural Maternal Health
This new topic guide from the Rural Health Information Hub shares information on maternal and infant health disparities, describes barriers to care, and shares information on resources, programs, and policies to support rural maternal healthcare in rural areas.