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:

  • hospitals
  • public health units
  • nursing homes
  • clinics
  • ambulance units
  • community health coalitions and networks

What We Can Do for You

In the area of working with communities, we offer:

Our Expertise

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.

Key Contact

Brad Gibbens, MPA - Deputy Director

Most Recent Publications

Complete List of Publications

Most Recent Presentations

  • The Rural Community Health Equity Model
    Presented by Gibbens, B. on Sep 25 2013 at the CDC-CTG site visit meeting, Bismarck, ND
    Presentation on the Rural Community Health Equity Model discussing complex issues in rural communities such as environmental conditions, access to resources, and demographic and economic factors.
  • 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
    Presentation on the Factors leading to health reform – Why the need for reform.
  • 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.
  • Building Healthier Rural Communities
    Presented by Gibbens, B. on Jun 05 2013 at the Dakota Conference on Rural and Public Health CAH Pre-Conference, Mandan, ND
    Presentation about rural health disparities with a focus on the Community Health Needs Assessment's currently being done in North Dakota.
  • Rural Health Challenges and Opportunities
    Presented by Gibbens, B. on Apr 16 2013 at the Occupational Therapy Health Systems 511 class, Grand Forks, North Dakota

Complete List of Presentations

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