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May 19, 2023

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REMEMBER to register for the 2023 MN Rural Health Conference, June 12-13!

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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, breakout sessions, and networking. 

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

Rural Health Advisory Committee Openings

The Minnesota Rural Health Advisory Committee is a Governor-appointed committee that advises the Commissioner of Health and other state agencies on rural health issues. Members come from a wide variety of backgrounds, including healthcare providers, legislative members, and consumers who represent the communities they live in. We currently have a number of openings on the Rural Health Advisory Committee, including consumer member positions. We encourage you to review the openings and apply or share with your community. The applications can be found here: Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State: Board/Commission Details (state.mn.us), and should be submitted by Wednesday, May 31.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Mental Health Awareness Month Shareables

Mental Health Awareness Month provides a dedicated time for people, organizations, and communities to join their voices to broadcast the message that mental health matters. The Minnesota Suicide Prevention Taskforce and MDH Suicide Prevention Unit worked together to develop a toolkit with ideas, resources, and messages to share to raise awareness about the importance of mental health and suicide prevention.

Download the toolkit:

The toolkit includes key messages, social media content, and shareable graphics. The toolkit has been designed for individuals, organizations, and communities and is only a starting point. We suggest that people using this toolkit tailor the content and use images that best engage with their communities. 

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Grants and other funding

New: Rural Maternity and Obstetrics Management Strategies Program

Funding is now available for the Rural Maternity and Obstetrics Management Strategies Program (RMOMS). HRSA has announced that the RMOMS Program is accepting applications through Friday, July 7. Approximately $2 million is available to fund up to two health networks to preserve access to and continuity of maternal and obstetrics care in rural communities. For more information about the RMOMS program and current awardees, visit the RMOMS webpage

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American Heart Association's Social Impact Fund Townhall

The American Heart Association’s (AHA) Social Impact Fund is looking to support innovative, community- and evidence-based solutions that will shift the inequitable health paradigm in the Twin Cities. $500,000 is available to fund health equity solutions in the Twin Cities area. Learn more about this funding opportunity and the expressions of interest process during our townhall on Tuesday, May 23, 10:00 am. CT. Register here for the townhall. The deadline to submit interest is 5:00 p.m. CT on June 16, via the online portal. If you have questions, please contact: socialimpactfund@heart.org.

Preventing Veteran Suicide Through Support, Education

Minnesota loses approximately 100 veterans each year to suicide. The Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs (MDVA) is working to end this tragedy.

  • Veterans struggling with mental health issues and suicidal feelings can call 988, then press 1. 988-1 is the Military Crisis Line, a free, confidential resource for all service members, including members of the National Guard and Reserve, and Veterans, even if they’re not enrolled in VA benefits or health care.
  • Caring family members or friends of Veterans can call 988-1, as well. “If you’re worried about a Veteran, call 988-1 with them,” says the Veteran Suicide Prevention Coordinator for MDVA.

For more information on MDVA suicide prevention, visit the MDVA website at MinnesotaVeteran.org/EndVetSuicide.

Commemorating Memorial Day

To commemorate Memorial Day, the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs (MDVA) will host special ceremonies at each of the three State Veterans Cemeteries in Duluth, Little Falls and Preston on Sunday, May 28 at 2 p.m. MDVA encourages members of the media and members of the community to attend a Memorial Day event to honor and remember service members in Minnesota who made the ultimate sacrifice and show support for the families left behind. Each program will include military honor guards, music and a guest speaker. To learn more about individual Memorial Day events at the State Veterans Cemeteries, visit MinnesotaVeteran.org/Events

ASTDD Older Adult Oral Health Resources Toolkit

The Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors (ASTDD) created the ASTDD Older Adult Oral Health Resources for Collaboration toolkit to help train and educate professionals who work with older adults. It is intended to help diverse groups take on an education and/or advocacy role around older adult oral health.

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Now read / watch this

Street medicine and outreach: Bringing care to people where they are, National Health Care for the Homeless Council, 2022.

The visionary car showcasing transport for all, BBC, StoryWorks. Learn more about the goMARTI project in Grand Rapids.

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Save the date

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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