Center for Rural Health staffers awarded UND Grand Challenges seed grant

  • Friday, February 23, 2018
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Eric Souvannasacd and Collette Adamsen from the UND Center for Rural Health and Courtney Souvannasacd from American Indian Student Services have been awarded $3,200 from the UND Grand Challenges program to support research concerning Indigenous people in North Dakota. Their proposal, "Helping Rural Communities Solve Their Unique Health and Social Problems," envisions the creation of a tribal research review board and research network in collaboration with North Dakota Tribal College leaders, faculty, staff, and research experts.

Furthermore, Shawnda Schroeder from the UND Center for Rural Health also received a $3,200 UND Grand Challenges seed grant under the category
Helping Rural Communities Solve Their Health and Social Problems." This funding will be used to propose research and seek additional financial support to study fluoride varnish application among pediatric patients in rural and urban North Dakota. The results of the research will help inform health care providers and encourage widespread application of varnish, improving oral health for pediatric patients in North Dakota.

The goal of UND Grand Challenges is to generate opportunity for the state by diversifying its economy and addressing societal grand challenges through cutting-edge research. The seed funding opportunities are a continuation of a series of awards designed to support Goal 4 of the One UND Strategic Plan, specifically to help build research activity in the Grand Challenges.