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Building bridges for the benefit of North Dakotans

Categories: News, Public Health

The Dakota Conference on Rural and Public Health brings public health and medical providers together Where can you learn about: mind-body practices for healthcare providers, building a rural cancer program, Alzheimer’s disease as a public health crisis, health policy, and eliminating hepatitis in North Dakota—all while networking with various health professionals from across the state? […]

Searching for Bigfoot in Traill County

Categories: News

The Traill District Health Unit provides adventure through a new outdoor wellness program America’s national parks offer some of the most breathtaking, remote, and sometimes alien landscapes in the world. Yellowstone National Park, for example, is famous for its geysers and geothermal attractions. Perhaps a little closer to home, Theodore Roosevelt National Park presents picturesque […]

NRCNAA survey suggests urban Native Elder health needs not being met

Categories: News

Native Elders living in urban locations have needs that are not being met. This finding is significant because over 70% of Elders live in urban areas, not on reservations. This conclusion is a result of the first ever Native Urban Elder Needs Assessment Survey (NUENAS 1.0), which was administered nationally through the National Resource Center […]

Center for Rural Health celebrates National Rural Health Day

Categories: News

Thursday of this week – Nov. 16 – was National Rural Health Day! The State Offices of Rural Health and the National Rural Health Association have designated the third Thursday in November as a day to highlight rural communities as wonderful places to live and work, increase awareness of rural health-related issues, and promote the […]

David Schmitz receives 2023 Moskol Award by 3RNET

Categories: News

David Schmitz, M.D., professor and chair of the SMHS Department of Family & Community Medicine, has received the 2023 Moskol Award from 3RNET, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that connects health professionals with organizations in rural and underserved communities seeking providers. “One of my jobs when I came here,” said Schmitz, “was to engage communities in […]

From the Dean: Advance rather than ‘retreat’

Categories: From the Dean

Happy Primary Care Week 2023! Today is the final day of activities here (and elsewhere) celebrating primary care, the backbone of our healthcare system (especially in rural areas). There have been events each day this week at the SMHS coordinated by our Center for Rural Health and the North Dakota Rural Health Association. One of […]

Primary Care Week to be held in-person and online Oct. 23-27

Categories: Events

Primary Care Week 2023 will be held in-person and online from Oct. 23-27. A full schedule of the Week’s events follows: Monday, Oct. 23 “Incorporating Mental Health and Addiction Medicine into a Primary Care Practice” with Dr. Melissa Henke Intended audience: all health profession students • lunch provided by ND Professional Health Program When: noon […]

Scrubbing in again

Categories: News

The UND Center for Rural Health Scrubs Academy I returns to UND. Throughout the University of North Dakota (UND) School of Medicine & Health Sciences (SMHS) building, middle school students wearing green t-shirts could be seen walking the halls in groups and talking excitedly with one another this past June. Despite their tender age, these […]

When in R.O.M.E.

Categories: News

UND health workforce experts share research and collaboration efforts with rural providers. The University of North Dakota Department of Family & Community Medicine (FCM) and the UND Center for Rural Health (CRH) have built a synergistic relationship that pairs research and service together to provide a stronger health workforce for the people of North Dakota. […]

NDBIN to offer Certified Brain Injury Specialist training

Categories: Education, Events

The North Dakota Brain Injury Network (NDBIN), a program within the UND Center for Rural Health, is offering Certified Brain Injury Specialist (CBIS) training on Nov. 2 and 3, 2023. Register now to become a Certified Brain Injury Specialist or to receive a Provisional CBIS (PCBIS) certification either in-person at the UND School of Medicine & Health […]

Using data to care for Native Elders

Categories: News

The Navajo Nation is hoping a needs assessment survey can help shape real change for Native Elders Often driving on dirt roads, meal delivery drivers provide a much needed lifeline for the elderly population of the Navajo Nation. In rural locations where phone lines are rare and Internet connections are rarer, when an elderly individual […]

Helping those who help others

Categories: News

The North Dakota Qualified Service Provider Hub assists rural caregivers Rural communities are idyllic places to live for many. The remote and quiet qualities of such places become conductors for relaxation and tranquility. The strong bonds formed with neighbors and friends likewise root families to the area. But as residents age, the characteristics that may […]

38th Dakota Conference on Rural and Public Health to be held June 14-16 in Bismarck

Categories: News

The 38th Annual Dakota Conference on Rural and Public Health, taking place June 14-16, 2023, will be held in Bismarck, N.D. Registration is now open. The Conference includes four keynote addresses, 16 sessions, four intensive sessions, a health workforce panel, a North Dakota Department of Health and Human Services panel, and a legislative policy panel. Continuing education […]

Helping Indigenous elderly plan for the future

Categories: News

A new advance care plan plays a role in sharing end-of-life wishes for Indigenous people It always is hard to think about the end of life. For Indigenous communities especially, such discussions are not always in line with culture and tradition. This mismatch can leave questions if an Elder, for example, is incapacitated or suffers […]

Building a better community

Categories: News

Addressing Rural Wellness through the Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota Caring Foundation Rural communities are notorious in the healthcare sector for the catchphrase “older, sicker, and poorer.” And it’s often true: residents in these areas do face increased barriers to care and limited options for providers, generally creating poorer health outcomes. Social isolation […]