Primary Care Office Coordinator Debra Jahnke was given a Certification of Appreciation by St. Catherine University and the University of St. Thomas in honor of: her commitment and service to social work education & practice; her collaboration in co–creating community dialogue, and her leadership in addressing emerging issues in social work practice.
Reimbursement Fiscal Analyst Craig Baarson attended the sixth annual Prime West Provider and Partner Conference in Alexandria.
Policy Planner Darcy Dungan-Seaver attended the Understanding ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences): Community Conversation and Action Planning session in Cass Lake.
The Tribal NEAR (Neurobiology, Epigenetics, ACEs & Resiliency) Science and Community Wisdom Project is a grassroots effort to build the capacity of tribal communities to address the challenging health and social issues related to childhood trauma.
Flex Program Coordinator Judy Bergh and Alyssa Meller from the National Rural Health Resource Center (NRHRC) gave a presentation at the the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health's Annual Meeting in Savannah, Georgia, on the Integrated Behavioral Health project that is funded by Minnesota's Flex grant and conducted by Rural Health Innovations, a subsidiary of the NRHRC. Judy also attended the National Rural Health Association's Critical Access Hospital Conference in Kansas City, Missouri, where six Minnesota Critical Access Hospitals received Top 20 CAH Awards (view above).
Flex Program Coordinator Judy Bergh and Grants Manager Lina Jau made site visits to Sanford Health–Westbrook and Sanford Health–Windom hospitals.
Flex Program Coordinator Judy Bergh, Health Workforce Analysis Unit Supervisor Nitika Moibi and Director of the Office of Rural Health and Primary Care Mark Schoenbaum attended the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health's Annual Meeting in Savannah, Georgia. Mark was honored there for his years of services at the conference.
The fall site visits for the Minnesota Statewide Trauma System staff – Chris Ballard, Marty Forseth, and Tammy Peterson – have been underway and will wrap up in mid-November. On average, a trauma system site visit takes about 6 hours and it is one of two components hospitals undergo to obtain trauma hospital verification. All hospitals must submit an application and then undergo a verification site visit. So far, staff have visited the following Level 3 facility: University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital, Minneapolis. Staff have also visited the following Level 4 facilities: CentraCare Health System – Paynesville; CentraCare Health System – Sauk Centre; Pipestone County Medical Center;
Woodwinds Hospital, Woodbury; Sleepy Eye Medical Center; Essentia Health – Ada; Sanford Jackson Medical Center; Sanford Canby Medical Center; and Chippewa County Montevideo Hospital.
Additionally, Trauma System Staff hosted a Trauma Program 101 training in Bemidji on September 27. This training is geared to hospital administration and trauma program leadership team members and covers the topics of: Trauma System criteria; details of site visit preparation and execution; and Trauma System Performance Improvement structure and requirements. There were about 30 participants from trauma hospitals across the state in attendance.
Financial and Technical Assistance Unit Supervisor Will Wilson presented on rural mental health coordination efforts at the Minnesota Association for Community Mental Health Program's 2017 Mental Health Conference Leading the Way to Whole Person Care, and presented on what assistance is available for long-term care providers at the Leading Age's 2017 Annual Meeting and Leadership Forum. Will also attended the 9th Annual Rural Behavioral Health Practice Conference Clinical Resources for Rural Practice, and participated in the Rural Health Roundtable organized by the Helmsley Trust and the Bipartisan Policy Center.