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Disease and Injury

The Center for Rural Health supports rural communities in addressing chronic disease and injury by:

  • Researching levels of injury and chronic disease burden in North Dakota.
  • Evaluating the effectiveness of chronic disease management and support services.
  • Promoting healthy lifestyles in rural communities as a means to avoiding chronic disease and injury.
  • Assisting communities and facilities in planning and implementing clinical prevention and coordination services.

Key Contact

Rebecca Quinn, MSW, LCSW - Project Director

Most Recent Publications

  • Mind Matters
    North Dakota is home to the unique annual Mind Matters Conference on brain injury that brings together both healthcare professionals and patients.
    Author(s): Massmann, N.
    Publication: North Dakota Medicine, 41(2), 20-21
    Date: July 2016
    Type: Magazine
  • The 2014 Update of the Rural-Urban Chartbook
    The Chartbook presents information on population demographics, health-related behaviors and risk factors, age-specific and cause-specific mortality, access to care, health insurance coverage, mental health, and other health-related topics for U.S. residents across levels of rural and urban status. The data presented in this new Chartbook were collected prior to implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), providing baseline measurements for key aspects of health from which to measure future ACA-associated changes. Individual data tables are available in an Excel file.
    Author(s): Meit, M., Knudson, A., Gilbert, T., Tzy-Chyi Yu, A., Tanenbaum, E., Ormson, E., TenBroeck, S., Bayne, A., Popat, S., & NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis
    Date: October 2014
    Type: Report
  • Policy Brief: Rural-Urban Disparities in Heart Disease
    Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, claiming about 600,000 lives annually. This policy brief highlights rural-urban disparities in heart disease and focuses on three measures: 1) death rates for ischemic heart disease (IHD) among persons 20 years of age and older, 2) obesity among persons 18 years of age and older, and 3) physical inactivity during leisure time among persons 18 years of age and older.
    Author(s): Knudson, A., Meit, M., & Popat, S.
    Date: October 2014
    Type: Policy Brief
  • North Dakota Assistance Program For Dementia Caregivers Lowered Utilization, Produced Savings, And Increased Empowerment
    North Dakota’s state-funded Dementia Care Services Program provides individualized assistance to caregivers of persons with dementia.
    Author(s): Klug, M., Halaas, G., Peterson, M.
    Publication: Journal of Health Affairs, 33(4), 605-612
    Date: April 2014
    Type: Journal Article
  • The North Dakota Brain Injury Network
    North Dakota Medicine, Vol. 39, Issue 1. The NDBIN at the Center for Rural Health is designed to address the diverse needs of individuals with traumatic brain injuries.
    Author(s): Massmann, N.
    Date: March 2014
    Type: Magazine

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