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March 2024 Center for Rural Health Update

FOCUS on Rural Health

Building Bridges for the Benefit of North Dakotans
The Dakota Conference on Rural and Public Health brings public health and medical providers together.


Celebrate Brain Injury Awareness Month
The North Dakota Brain Injury Network (NDBIN) facilitates the Mind Matters Conference as part of Brain Injury Awareness Month.

Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, and Certified Nurse Midwives, We Want To Hear From You
The Healthcare Workforce Group is seeking respondents for a maternal health workforce survey.

CRH Welcomes New Employee
Anahita Anvari-Clark joins the Center for Rural Health (CRH) as a clinical project coordinator.

Funding & Other Opportunities

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.

Flex 2024 Annual Meeting
Register now for the 2024 Flex Annual Meeting for all North Dakota Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) and Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) 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

March 19 TeleECHO: Mobility, Hemiplegia, Fall Prevention Utilizing Technology
PAM Health Rehabilitation Hospital will present this Stroke Rehabilitation and Recovery clinic.
March 20 TeleECHO: Motivational Interviewing
This Pediatric Mental Health clinic will be presented by Roxy Vandendries from Sanford Health.
March  21 TeleECHO: LGBTQ+ Health in North Dakota and How to Get Involved
Faye Seidler, an advocate who specializes in LGBTQ+ populations, will speak in this Behavioral Health in Primary Care clinic.
March 21 & 22 Mind Matters Conference
NDBIN is facilitating the annual two-day conference around brain injury.
March 25 Brain Injury Virtual Support Group
NDBIN hosts a monthly virtual support group for brain injury survivors, providers, and caregivers.
March 26 Webinar: Engaging with Perinatal Quality Collaboratives for Rural Hospitals
The Rural Health Information Hub (RHIhub) is hosting part two of a four-part webinar series on rural maternal health.
April 3 TeleECHO: Pharmacological Approaches
This clinic will discuss the intersection of pharmacology and pediatric mental health.
April 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.
April 9 TeleECHO: Nutrition and Mobility
The importance of a balanced diet and movement will be discussed in this geriatric and age-friendly clinic.
April 9 Webinar: Implementing Patient Safety Bundles in Rural Hospitals
This is part three of a four-part webinar series, hosted by RHIhub.
April 17 Flex Annual CAH & RHC Meeting
The Annual Meeting is hosted by the Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Program.
April 17 TeleECHO: First Episode of Psychosis
This teleECHO clinic will share best practices when addressing pediatric mental health.

Publications & Resources

RHIhub Rural Maternal Health Webinar Series
The Rural Health Information Hub is hosting a four-part webinar series with the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy to support access to safe, high-quality maternity care in rural communities.

Mindset Matters: Talking Motivation in Diabetes Management
Chloe Kaelberer, a third-year medical student at the UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences, writes about diabetes management. She is part of the Targeted Rural Health Education project, which helps resident physicians and health profession students take a closer look at the health needs of communities in which they are training.