Working With Communities
The Center for Rural Health works with rural and tribal communities to build responsive and sustainable health systems and strong rural health organizations. We help communities:
- engage their community members
- build collaborative and cooperative relationships across organizations and communities
- develop their local health care capacity and workforce
- promote healthy communities and lifestyles
- evaluate current programs and develop new ones
- learn about and implement innovative strategies
The CRH works with many types of health organizations including:
- public health units
- nursing homes
- ambulance units
- community health coalitions and networks
What We Can Do for You
In the area of working with communities, we offer:
- Grantwriting support including grantwriting workshops, identifying funding sources, finding statistics and background information, critiquing grant proposals, and providing letters of support.
- Attracting health professionals through the State Office of Rural Health, the Area Health Education Center and our workforce specialist.
Community health planning and
development to help organizations understand
and meet their community's needs via:
- Meeting facilitation of community and health facility discussions
- Strategic planning to help organizations develop a comprehensive vision and direction
- Community needs assessments via surveys, focus groups, and key informant interviews
- Topical presentations for your organization or community through our speakers bureau.
- Program evaluations that provide a picture of where your organization is succeeding, and areas of potential improvement.
- Health care facility support. Learn more about What We Do: Hospitals and Facilities
- Promote healthy communities through Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota grants, Rural Hospital Flexibility Program grants, the Community Engagement Grant in collaboration with the ND Department of Health, and the North Dakota Brain Injury Network.
The Center for Rural Health was created in 1980 to have a primary mission of providing service and assistance to rural communities in the development of stronger, more viable health systems and to improve the health status in rural North Dakota. We have over 30 years of experience in working directly with rural communities to help them to identify and develop community-based solutions to their local health issues and to advocate for rural concerns. We have conducted numerous community engagement efforts including strategic planning, network development, grant development, community needs assessments, and other assistance focused on building local capacity. The Center for Rural Health believes in the power of the rural community and its members to articulate and construct their own vision for community health.
Brad Gibbens, MPA - Deputy Director
Most Recent Publications
- Third Biennial Report: Health Issues for the State of North Dakota, 2015 December 2014
Now in its third edition, the Report is a detailed look at the status of health, healthcare delivery, and the healthcare workforce across the state. It is the most up-to-date and comprehensive analysis of these issues available anywhere, and is the result of a collaborative effort of the Center for Rural Health, the School, and the School’s Advisory Council.
- What is a Community Health Center?
Morin, K. & Barclay, M.
North Dakota Medicine, Volume 38 Issue 3 Pages 20-23, October 2013Non-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.
- Emerging Health Trends in North Dakota: Community Health Needs Assessments Aggregate Data Report
Becker, K. September 2013Full report showing results of the Community Health Needs Assessments conducted by the Center for Rural Health for Critical Access Hospitals in North Dakota.
- Second Biennial Report: Health Issues for the State of North Dakota 2013
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.
- An Environmental Scan of Health and Health Care in North Dakota: Establishing the Baselines for Positive Health Transformation
Volkov, B., Gibbens, B., & Wakefield, M. March 2009The Environmental Scan of Health and Health Care in North Dakota was conducted from December 2008 to February 2009. This report provides an overview of selected health and health care issues in North Dakota.
Most Recent Presentations
- The Opportunity of Rural Health: Challenges and Options for Change
Presented by Gibbens, B. on Nov 13, 2014 at the North Dakota Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA), Minot, North Dakota
- The Rural Community and Health Policy
Presented by Gibbens, B. on Nov 05, 2014 at the Social Policy 442 UND Department of Social Work, Grand Forks, North Dakota
- Understanding the Rural Community: A Context for Rural Health
Presented by Gibbens, B. on Jun 03, 2014 at the Center for Rural Health, Grand Forks, North Dakota
- The Rural Community Health Equity Model
Presented by Gibbens, B. on Sep 25, 2013 at the CDC-CTG site visit meeting, Bismarck, ND
- A Few Key Points on Health Reform
Presented by Gibbens, B. on Sep 19, 2013 at the Affordable Care Act Forum, Grand Forks, North Dakota