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
- engage their community members
- build collaborative and cooperative relationships
across organizations and communities
- develop their local health care capacity and
- 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
- 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
Attracting health professionals
through the State Office
of Rural Health, the Area Health Education
Center and our workforce
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
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
Brad Gibbens, MPA -
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.
- Emerging Health Trends in North Dakota: Community Health Needs Assessments Aggregate Data Report
Becker, K. September 2013
Full 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 2009
The 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.
- No Better Time for Leadership
Spencer, K. 2009
Examines how leadership development can play an important role in the survival of rural America during this economic recession in terms of providing quality health care, keeping schools open, supporting workforce development and improving economic opportunities.
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