Wellness briefly

Dr. Hubert Seiler recognized nationally

Each year the National Rural Health Association honors outstanding individuals and organizations in the field of rural health who have dedicated their time and talents to improving the health and well being of others. Previous recipients have stretched the boundaries of possibility by forging innovative programs and services, making rural life healthier and more compassionate.

Heart of America Medical Center announced that Dr. Hubert Seiler is the recipient of the 2014 National Rural Health Practitioner of the Year Award.

“It’s an honor to receive this national award and it’s something that small town practicing physicians don’t often get recognized for. I’ve been a rural health physician for my entire career, over 40 years. I knew that I wanted to be in a place where I could practice all types of medicine and rural health allows for that,” said Seiler.

NRHA’s Rural Health Practitioner of the Year Award recognizes a direct service provider for leadership in bringing health services to rural populations. The award is meant to be inclusive of all health disciplines, such as dentistry, optometry, nursing, etc. Factors taken into consideration include providing outstanding care, involvement in the community and lasting contributions to the health care system.

Seiler will be honored at the 37th Annual Rural Health Conference in Las Vegas April 22-25. Two days after he receives his award, Seiler will travel to Costa Rica to help build houses with Habitat for Humanity.

Disabilities council to meet Tuesday

BISMARCK – The N.D. State Council on Developmental Disabilities will meet Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. by means of seven videoconference sites located throughout North Dakota.

The council recommends policy changes that promote choice, independence, productivity and inclusion for North Dakotans with developmental disabilities and supports projects and activities that maximize opportunities in these areas for consumers and families.

Videoconference sites will be held in Bismarck, Dickinson, Fargo, Grand Forks, Jamestown, Minot and Williston. The video conference site in Minot will be held at Minot State University, 500 University Ave. West., Administration Building Room 359.

The meeting agenda includes a review of the council’s current budget and approval of the 2015 budget; the council’s State Plan goals; objectives and accomplishments; and reports from the executive committee, membership committee, state plan committee and consumer leadership committee. The council’s executive director will provide an update on the open council position and June election.

There will also be a presentation by representatives from the N.D. Center for Persons with Disabilities from Minot State University on the Perceptions Project, Peer Advocates Voices Empower Project and an initiative that helps individuals with disabilities in securing inclusive, affordable and accessible housing.

Individuals with disabilities who need accommodations or information can call Cheryl Hess at 328-4847, ND Relay TTY 800-366-6888 or chess@nd.gov.

Restore hosting volunteer training

Addiction impacts North Dakota citizens every day. The state ranks among the highest in the nation in alcohol dependence, alcohol abuse and illicit drug use in our teen population.

Restore, a local non-profit organization that provides addiction support services to the Minot area and the state, is hosting a volunteer training for those who would like to help someone in recovery.

Recoveree Connection is a Restore program that provides telephone support services to people in the recovery process. Led by volunteers, the program has served over 800 North Dakota citizens.

Anyone who would like to help and can volunteer a couple of hours per month is asked to attend the Recoveree Connection Volunteer Training on Thursday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Restore building, 112-2nd Ave. SW, Minot. A light lunch will be served. Call Coleman at 839-4240 for more information and to RSVP.