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June 2024 Center for Rural Health Update

FOCUS on Rural Health

Building a Healthier North Dakota
Many sessions at the Dakota Conference on Rural and Public Health focused on ways to increase the health workforce and build a healthier North Dakota.


Twenty-Two Critical Access Hospitals Participate in Drills
North Dakota Critical Access Hospitals and Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) participated in table top drills, which focused on preparedness for active shooter scenarios.

Five Rural Health Clinic Professionals Receive Certification
Five North Dakota healthcare professionals received certification for RHC leadership.

Funding & Other Opportunities

Call for Presentations – 2024 Virtual Concussion Symposium
The North Dakota Brain Injury Network (NDBIN) is looking for presenters for the annual Virtual Concussion Symposium, held on September 13.
Deadline: July 10

Applications Open for R-COOL-Health Scrubs Camps
Grant applications are being accepted to host a Scrubs Camp in your community. Through creative and interactive activities, these exciting camps provide an opportunity for students in grades 5-12 to learn more about health careers available in rural North Dakota.
Deadline: August 15

CRH Events

June 19 TeleECHO: Native American Culture and Mental Health
This Pediatric Mental Health teleECHO will feature Dr. Tami DeCoteau, a licensed psychologist who specializes in anxiety disorders.
June 24 Brain Injury Virtual Support Group
NDBIN hosts a monthly virtual support group for brain injury survivors, providers, and caregivers.
July 11 New QSP: Next Steps 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.
July 24 Webinar: Resilient Roots
This webinar will feature Cazoshay Marie, creator and moderator of Resilient Roots, a compassionate community designed specifically for parents navigating the challenge of living with a brain injury. Hosted by NDBIN.

Publications & Resources

Reducing Rural Unintentional Injuries, with Amy Rosenfeld, Jessica Dayton, and Jane Strommen
In Rural Health Information Hub's (RHIhub) June episode of the Exploring Rural Health podcast, Jane Strommen from North Dakota State University's Stepping On program shares how her program is helping older adults learn about falls prevention. The episode also includes an overview of rural unintentional injury prevention in rural areas and insights from another rural program.

Loneliness and Social Isolation Are Common in Rural America. Is "Social Infrastructure" the Solution?
In RHIhub's latest Rural Monitor article, learn how some rural leaders are finding ways to help their neighbors connect, as well as structural factors contributing to the national "loneliness epidemic."

Worth a Thousand Words: A Picture That Saves Smokers' Lives
Cole Rokke, a third-year medical student at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences, writes about smoking and lung cancer. He is part of the Targeted Rural Health Education (TRHE) project, which helps resident physicians and health profession students take a closer look at the heath needs of communities in which they are training.