The Center for Rural Health assists rural areas in
meeting their health workforce needs. Using state and
federal resources, we:
- Educate North Dakota students about rural health
- Research workforce issues at the state and national
- Provide assistance in matching health care
professionals and rural communities
What We Can Do for You
In the area of health workforce, we offer:
Health career awareness activities in
collaboration with rural schools: Area Health Education
Programs, HIPE Week,
Recruitment and retention assistance
provided by our workforce
specialist, State Office
of Rural Health, 3RNet
membership, and Community Apgar
Continuing education opportunities for
health professionals at the Dakota Conference on
Rural and Public Health.
Health Professional Shortage Areas to help
underserved regions qualify for federal programs that
will assist them in meeting their workforce needs.
Statistics, projections, and
information about health workforce from the
Information Center, Rural
Health Reform Policy Research Center, and our
Our director, Gary Hart,
is a national leader in medical geography and health
workforce. He leads our research team in collecting data
to describe the current workforce of physicians in North
Dakota. We use data to help inform policy makers and
other key stakeholders.
Our workforce specialist, Mark Barclay, actively monitors workforce needs in rural communities and seeks out providers
and health professionals to meet those needs.
Lynette Dickson, MS, RD, LRD -
Most Recent Publications
- What is a Community Health Center?
Morin, K. & Barclay, M.,
North Dakota Medicine, Volume 38 Issue 3 Pages 20-23,
Non-profit community-driven clinics provide high-quality primary and preventive care to all individuals, with or without insurance and regardless of their ability to pay.
- Team Boosters: A Bright Spot for Rural North Dakotans is the Increasing Role that Advanced Practice Providers Play in Primary Care
North Dakota Medicine, Volume 38 Issue 2 Pages 22-23,
It is no secret that the country is facing a shortage of primary care physicians now and into the future. The Association of American Medical Colleges estimates that by 2020 there will be 45,000 too few primary care physicians. With shortages this large, and demand still increasing, there is no easy solution. These shortages are exacerbated in rural North Dakota, where communities can spend tens of thousands of dollars and years recruiting a physician to their community.
- Scrubs Camps: Growing the Program That’s Growing Our Own
North Dakota Medicine, Volume 38 Issue 2 Pages 20-21,
The Rural Collaborative Opportunities for Occupational Learning in Health (R-COOL-Health) Scrubs Camps began in 2009 as a minigrant program focused on introducing rural North Dakota students in Grades 5 through 12 to various careers in health care. If you fast-forward four years, you will clearly see that the 41 camps involving 184 communities and over 2,600 kids have touched people in every corner of the state.
- Second Biennial Report: Health Issues for the State of North Dakota,
Updates the first biennial report with an assessment of the current state of health of North Dakotans and their health care delivery system. Presents an analysis of the population demographic in North Dakota and discusses affordable health care costs now and in the future.
- Residency Locations in North Dakota
Klug, M., Hart, G., & Peterson, M.,
This fact sheet is Number 6 in a series of analyses regarding physicians in North Dakota.
Complete List of Publications
Most Recent Presentations
- North Dakota Recruitment and Retention: Success Stories and Best Practices
Presented by Barclay, M. on Jun 06 2013
at the 2013 Dakota Conference on Rural and Public Health, Mandan, ND
The prospect of recruiting and retaining a quality provider to a rural area can seem overwhelming. Learn how some rural North Dakota facilities have successfully recruited and retained providers despite challenges. Success stories from around the state and lessons learned will be highlighted.
- Penguin Revolution
Presented by Morin, K., Nissen, K., Symons, C., & Thorpe, M. on May 31 2012
at the Dakota Conference on Rural and Public Health, Grand Forks, North Dakota
- Rural Health Challenges and Opportunities
Presented by Gibbens, B. on Apr 24 2012
at the Occupational Therapy 511 graduate class, Grand Forks, North Dakota
The presentation focused on 1)rural community culture and dynamics, 2) contrasts with urban communities, 3) contemporary rural health issues and challenges, and 4) rural community solutions.
- North Dakota Interim Committee on Health and Human Services Testimony
Presented by Gibbens, B. on Mar 23 2010
at the North Dakota Interim Committee on Health and Human Services, Bismarck, ND
Mr. Gibbens was asked to address four areas of focus which were as follows: Underinsured and uninsured individuals and families, 2) availability and affordability of health care services, 3) role of telemedicine and HIT in providing health care services in the state, and 4) efforts to increase health care services in rural North Dakota.
- Introducing the Health Workforce Information Center
Presented by Hill, A. on Aug 20 2009
at the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health Region E meeting, Laramie, WY
Complete List of Presentations