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Focus on Rural Health

Focus on Rural Health is a blog that features stories about rural health leaders and people working in rural North Dakota healthcare organizations.

Raising a North Dakota Healthcare Family

September 1, 2014

At home and at work, Ken and Lucille Peterson nurtured generations of doctors. Peterson gives his insight on how to keep medical students succeeding through the most challenging times of school.
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Collaborating to Improve Cardiac Care

September 1, 2014

Evaluating a lifesaving device leads to a cooperative effort to review statewide cardiac care. The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust provided mechanical CPR devices to ambulances in North Dakota to improve outcomes.
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Around the World in Rural North Dakota

June 1, 2014

Center for Rural Health staff members have driven enough miles to nearly travel around the earth at the equator – all without leaving North Dakota. They are conducting Community Health Needs Assessments to help focus rural health efforts on identified needs.
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A Turtle Islander Meets the Maori

June 1, 2014

Dr. Jacque Gray shares her work on suicide prevention at a symposium at the University of Otago in Wellington, New Zealand. She also shared the Seven Generations Center of Excellence’s approach to addressing mental health workforce needs in indigenous populations.
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Success in Stanley

March 1, 2014

Mountrail County Health Center in Stanley, North Dakota has experienced increased patient volumes due to oil development in their service area. Their providers and staff are facing the struggles head on, and becoming better because of it.
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The North Dakota Brain Injury Network

March 1, 2014

Brain injuries don’t just happen to football players. People are dealing with the oftentimes debilitating aftermath of brain injuries here in North Dakota, from concussions to severe traumatic brain injuries.
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Celebrating the Power of Rural

December 1, 2013

Rural communities are a wonderful place to live and work, and continue to make strides even when faced against the steepest of challenges. National Rural Health Day showcases the strengths of rural America.
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