ORHPC News Update May 2023 - Office of Rural Health and Primary Care



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May 2023

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Registration open for the 2023 MN Rural Health Conference!

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We hope to see you in June!

This year's MN Rural Health Conference is back in-person. Join rural health leaders from across the state on June 12-13 at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC) for keynote presentations, panel discussions and breakout sessions. In addition, the conference is an excellent opportunity for networking with each other - something we have all been missing. 

Early bird registration ends May 12. Blocks of rooms offered at reduced rates have been reserved for conference attendees at three hotels within a short walking distance of the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC). Please be sure to mention the "2023 Minnesota Rural Health Conference" when booking your room.

If you have any questions about registration or lodging, please contact conference staff by email (ruralhealthconference@ruralcenter.org) or by phone (218-464-6121).

Private Well Forum

A safe, sufficient, and affordable supply of drinking water is essential to healthy communities and a healthy economy. Yet, about one in five Minnesotans (1.2 million people) have fewer safeguards in place to ensure safe drinking water because their water comes from a private well. Unlike their peers connected to public water, private well owners are responsible for voluntarily protecting and testing their well water and addressing water quality issues that may impact their health.

On Monday, May 8, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Minnesota Department of Health is hosting a free, online Private Well Forum to:

  • Share successful efforts empowering private well users to protect their health,
  • Identify and break down barriers to well testing and treatment, and
  • Build collaborative efforts with communities, organizations, and agencies to support private well users.

Please register and share this notice with your network: Registration Form: Minnesota Private Well Forum

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Grants and other funding

Reminder: IMG Residency Preparation Program – BRIIDGE

The University of Minnesota, in partnership with Minnesota Department of Health, will again offer a residency preparatory program for international medical graduates (IMGs). This nine–month BRIIDGE program will consist of inpatient and outpatient training opportunities as well as community and classroom-based components to prepare participants to match into and succeed in residency programs. Applications are to be submitted through the Office of Rural Health and Primary Care’s online grant portal. Applications are due Sunday, May 7, 11:59 p.m. For more information please contact: MN_health.IMG@state.mn.us

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National Rural Health Association's (NRHA) Rural Hospital CMO Certification Program

NRHA's Rural Hospital Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Certification Program is now accepting applications for its first cohort. Physician leadership is paramount to the success and health of rural hospitals and communities. With the constantly changing healthcare landscape, there has never been a more crucial time for physician leaders to have the tools, knowledge, and network of peers and experts they need to thrive in their roles. Please view the Center for Rural Health Leadership's website for more information and to apply.  

Summary of equitable rural healthcare

The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (the NGA Center) is engaged in supporting rural communities through the Toward Better Rural Futures project. This project seeks to address the systemic and structural barriers and chronic disinvestment impeding rural and tribal communities’ health, well-being and opportunity. Themes and key takeaways from two virtual roundtables focused on equitable economic development and equitable healthcare for rural communities are summarized online.

Atlas of Rural and Small-Town America

The Economic Research Service at the U.S. Department of Agriculture updated its Atlas of Rural and Small-Town America that provides statistics on several socioeconomic factors: people, jobs, rural-urban county classifications, income, and veterans. 

Recruiting and Retention for Rural Hospitals

Register for a National Rural Health Association's (NRHA) webinar scheduled for Wednesday, May 3, 2:00 - 3:00 pm CST on creating a competitive advantage in recruiting and retention for rural hospitals. The speaker has over 23 years of leadership experience and will share proven strategies, including leveraging a hospital's Mission / Vision / Values. The presentation, "Radical Recruiting and Retention for Rural Hospitals," will challenge attendees to think outside the box and explore new concepts.

Risk Communication webinar

The MDH Refugee and International Health (MDH - RIH) program is partnering with the National Resource Center for Refugees Immigrants and Migrants (NRC -RIM) to hold a risk communication webinar, Tuesday, May 9, 12:00 - 1:30 p.m., for public health agencies and other organizations serving diverse communities across the United States. The overall goal of the webinar is to improve the capacity of public health staff to effectively communicate to affected communities during a crisis. The webinar will provide a cultural lens in risk communication with RIM communities. Speakers include Mukhtar M. Ibrahim - founder of Sahan Journal, Doug Schultz and Michael Schommer - MDH. Please register for the Risk Communication webinar. 

HRSA workforce funding webinar

Learn about funding opportunities available to nursing programs, students, and practicing nurses, provided by the Health Resources and Services Administration's (HRSA) Bureau of Health Workforce (BHW). Held on Wednesday, May 10, 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. ET, the workforce funding webinar will provide information about these opportunities, the benefits of each program and the eligibility requirements. 

Infectious Disease Trusted Messenger Program RFP

The MDH Infectious Disease Trusted Messenger Program is intended to reach homeless populations in Minnesota to encourage vaccination and public health principles through peer education and outreach. Preference will be given for organizations that reach those over the age of 50, those with chronic health conditions, members of the BIPOC community, and those living in areas with lower vaccination rates. Applications are due Friday, May 19. Application materials are available at RFP: Infectious Disease Trusted Messenger Program

Rural Suicide Prevention Workshops

This comprehensive training - held on Tuesday, May 23 and Tuesday, July 25 - for service providers in rural communities includes a special focus on youth, substance use, and Indigenous communities. The online interactive workshop features video demonstrations, active discussion groups, and access to the latest research on best practices. Attendees will get free, ongoing support – including online discussion forums and monthly Q&A video calls – for one year after the workshop. This opportunity is provided by the University of Rochester Recovery Center of Excellence (COE). Please register for this event

Request for NOSORH speaker proposals

The National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) is now accepting speaker proposals for the 2023 NOSORH Annual Meeting in Traverse City, Michigan, September 12-21. You are invited to submit your proposal(s) to present rural innovations, research findings, model programs, resources, and projects. To learn more about the meeting and to submit your speaker proposal, visit the Call for Speaker Proposals website. Proposals are due Friday, May 26

Communication In and Out of Disaster webinar

The MDH Regional Behavioral Health Coordinators are sponsoring a webinar on communicating in and out of disaster. Lack of good communication may lead to mistrust and anxious thoughts and feelings, which can lead to assumptions, pulling away, and misinterpretation. This presentation will provide ways in which both management and staff can bring their best selves to the communication process and increase satisfaction, productivity, and a strong sense of community. Please join the RBHC team Tuesday, June 13, from 9:00-10:30 am, on Webex. Register at: https://www.train.org/mn with ID #1109162. For questions, please contact Janet.R.Yeats.Contractor@state.mn.us.

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Now read this

Care coordination between rural primary care and telemedicine for OUD, The Journal of Rural Health, April 2023. 

The rural behavioral health crisis continuum: Considerations and emerging state strategies, National Academy for State Health Policy, April 2023. 

Commentary: Addressing rural American's veterinarian shortage The Daily Yonder, April 2023. 

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Save the date

The MDH Health Care Homes' Health Care Homes Learning Days Conference (Saint Cloud), will be Thursday, May 18, in St. Cloud.  

The virtual Rural Medical Education's (RME) Spring 2023 Rural Health Clinical Congress will be held live online Saturday, May 20. This interactive, multi-topic, complimentary CME/CE conference is designed for clinicians who serve patients in rural and underserved communities.

2023 Minnesota Public Health Association's Annual Conference (Hybrid: Moorhead and virtual), will be held Monday and Tuesday, May 22-23, at Concordia College in Moorhead.  

The gpTRAC's conference TELEHEALTH EVERYWHERE! 2023, will be held Tuesday and Wednesday, May 23-24, in Bloomington.

2023 Public Health Institute (Hybrid: Minneapolis and online), will be held from Monday, May 15 to Friday, June 2, at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, Minneapolis.

2023 MN Rural Health Conference

The 2023 Minnesota Rural Health Conference will be held Monday and Tuesday, June 12-13, in Duluth. 

The 2023 Many Faces of Community Health Conference will be Thursday and Friday, August 10-11, in Bloomington.

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