Introducing Telehealth to Rural and Indigenous Communities


Starting a telehealth program or advancing your current telehealth efforts?

Access the recordings of the Telehealth 101 Virtual Workshop hosted by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Office of Regional Operations (ORO), in collaboration with the North Dakota Department of Health and Spirit Lake Tribe of North Dakota held November 18-19, 2020.

Learn about the resources to support your telehealth adoption efforts as well as innovative strategies aimed at increasing access to quality health care services in rural and tribal communities.  

Workshop Agenda and Materials

Day 1: The Basics of Telehealth 

  • Building a Telehealth Business Plan
  • Telehealth Standards, Guidelines, and Evaluation
  • Telehealth Technology and Facility Design
  • Policy Trends and Considerations 

Virtual Workshop Recordings

Day 2: Funding and Promising Practices 

Telehealth programs that are highlighted focus on

  • Maternal Health
  • Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Programs
  • Tele-Behavioral Health
  • Innovative approaches to responding to the COVID-19 pandemic

Virtual Workshop Recordings

Maternal Health and Telehealth News and Resources


Next Steps, Tribal Maternal Health Learning Collaborative- Winter Series I

Next steps are in progress to help bridge the maternal health challenges and gaps that exist for rural and indigenous women. The University of North Dakota, in collaboration with HRSA Office of Regional Operations, SAMHSA and the North Dakota Department of Health, have organized a Maternal Health Learning Collaborative.

The Collaborative brings providers and subject matter experts together to discuss and share best practices in addressing rural and tribal communities’ maternal health challenges across the life span.

Among the topics that will be covered:

  • Pre-pregnancy, pregnancy, and postpartum health
  • Substance use disorders
  • Mental health
  • Maternal hypertension
  • Home visiting connection to care

For more information about the collaborative, and if interested in joining a Spring/Summer 2021 maternal health learning series, contact Alisha Acker.


  • Session 1: SUD and mental health resources, provider mentoring programs and more! on February 3, 2021, at 4:00PM CST
  • Session 2: Women, SUDs, and Stigma on March 3, 2021, at 4:00PM CST
  • Session 3: SUD impact on the Maternal/Fetal Dyad on April 7, 2021, at 4:00PM CST
  • Session 4: Perinatal Mood and Anxiety disorders, and Postpartum Depression on May 5, 2021, at 4:00PM CST

HRSA ORO Tribal Affairs Contacts

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