About 100 people attended the UND Discovery grand challenge event, held earlier this week at the Gorecki Alumni Center, including representatives from eight federal agencies. “We will join you in this challenge,” said Charles Smith, regional administrator for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), which provides funding and programs for mental health and substance abuse and recovery treatment.“We will collaborate with you to make a difference.” “It’s easy to share a laugh with Thomasine, and almost impossible to say no to her,” said Dennis Mohatt, vice president for Behavioral Health, Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE).“We have a wide range of incredible expertise in this room,” said Jeff Holm, faculty fellow and professor and chair of psychology, who moderated the panel discussion.
Hotel Accommodations Sheraton La Jolla3299 Holiday Court La Jolla, CA 92037Phone: (858) 452-4012(Map) When making your reservation, mention that you are with the group "UC Research Facilitators Meeting" in order to get the discounted rate.The University has the capacity to help solve rural issues, said Thomasine Heitkamp, a UND Professor in the College of Nursing & Professional Disciplines, who with grand challenge team members invited federal representatives to campus for a UND Discovery grand challenge event earlier this week. That dream came true for the 100 people who attended the UND Discovery grand challenge event earlier this week.The University has the capacity to help solve rural issues, said Thomasine Heitkamp, who with grand challenge team members invited the federal representatives.The ultimate goal is to serve rural North Dakota, said Heitkamp, professor in the College of Nursing & Professional Disciplines and a strategic plan grand challenge champion for the discovery goal. Imagine having one-on-one access to multiple representatives of federal agencies, all of whom have resources available to help address rural health care and social issues.
Representatives from eight federal agencies came to campus at their own expense to discuss grant and research opportunities and to solicit proposals for some programs.
“They can provide an overview of federal resources that are available to help solve unique problems in rural communities.” Attendees were able to “speed network” with the representatives.
Similar to “speed dating,” it allowed researchers to interact and visit with representatives about their particular research. Equally rare was hearing directly how agencies help rural communities and the types of research and education they help fund.
Four other representatives, some of them UND alumni, discussed their programs and how researchers could help them fulfill their missions.
They included Laurie Konsella, acting regional health authority for the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Health (OASH); David Von Behren, regional public affairs director, U. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food & Nutrition Service; Bill Davis, Rural Extension Center, USDA; and Joel Manske, field office director, Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
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