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April 2024 Center for Rural Health Update

FOCUS on Rural Health

The Accidental Advocate
University of North Dakota (UND) graduate Melissa Henke discusses her path toward addiction medicine and helping usher North Dakota through the nation's 'addiction crisis'.


Two Awardees Honored at 2024 Mind Matters Conference
Carissa Brownotter and Carly Endres were recognized for their work with brain injury survivors.

Five Critical Access Hospitals Attended Financial Institute
Five North Dakota Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) attended a training focusing on Financial and Operational Improvement.

CRH Welcomes New Employees
Andrea Sailer with the North Dakota Brain Injury Network (NDBIN) and Miranda Nechepurenko with the North Dakota Qualified Service Provider (QSP) Hub, join the Center for Rural Health (CRH) as resource facilitators.

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.

CRH Events

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.
April 18 TeleECHO: Limit-Setting as Treatment
This teleECHO will feature Andrew J. McLean, chair of the UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Science, as he discusses behavioral health in primary care.
April 23 Webinar: Obstetric Readiness in Rural Facilities Without Birth Units
This webinar is the last of a four-part series on improving maternity care in rural healthcare settings. Hosted by the Rural Health Information Hub (RHIhub).
April 29 Brain Injury Virtual Support Group
NDBIN hosts a monthly virtual support group for brain injury survivors, providers, and caregivers.
May 1 TeleECHO: Depression
Presented by Dr. Daniel Janiczak of Sanford Health, this teleECHO will focus on mental health in pediatrics.
May 1 Webinar: Primary and Secondary Stroke Prevention – What Do You Need to Know?
Hosted by NDBIN, this webinar will share the importance of knowing the signs and symptoms of a stroke and the acute treatment available for stroke.
May 2 New QSP Orientation Virtual Meeting
This monthly meeting will provide recently approved QSPs an introduction to the QSP handbook as well as resources, links, and advice to support them as a QSP.
May 14 TeleECHO: Visual Arts in Medicine & Dementia Therapy
In this teleECHO clinic, Nicole Derenne, a teaching assistant professor at UND, will discuss the intersection of visual arts and medicine.
May 15 TeleECHO: First Episode of Psychosis: Overview of Programming and Referral Processes Within North Dakota
This Pediatric Mental Health teleECHO will feature Dr. Sauna Eberhardt from the North Dakota Department of Health and Human Services.

Publications & Resources

Rural Unintentional Injury Prevention Toolkit
RHIhub has released a new toolkit, in collaboration with the NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis, that describes unique considerations and issues rural communities face when working to address different types of unintentional injuries, including poisoning, motor vehicle and traffic crashes, falls, drowning, fires and burns, infant suffocation, and unintentional firearm injuries.

Population Health and Health Value in a Rural Context
Presented virtually by Brad Gibbens to the North Dakota State University Nursing 830 Clinical Applications class on March 20.

Rural Health Research Recap – Post-Acute Care in Rural Areas: The Role of Swing Beds and Nursing Homes
This Recap examines different types of post-acute care, specifically the roles that swing beds and nursing homes can play in recovery.

Rural Health Research Recap – Quality Star Ratings: Hospitals, Skilled Nursing Facilities, and Home Health Agencies
This Recap examines star ratings among hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, and home health agencies, how they compare to urban facilities, and the part they play in the quality of care offered.