Educating and Informing
The Center for Rural Health is committed to enhancing the understanding of rural health issues in our state, region, and the nation. We work with a wide range of rural stakeholders to:
- Raise awareness about the challenges facing rural communities
- Help people working on rural issues share their experiences and learn from one another
- Support informed decision making
What We Can Do for You
In the area of educating and informing, we offer:
- Key North Dakota rural statistics, maps and supporting information via fact sheets and other publications.
- Presentations by our staff on a wide variety of rural health topics. For more details or to request a presentation, see our speakers bureau.
- Professional development opportunities at the Dakota Conference on Rural and Public Health as well as other workshops and meetings.
- E-mail updates on state and national resources and opportunities via the Center for Rural Health Update
- The Rural Health Information Hub offers an online clearinghouse with information on 80 key rural health and human services topics and all 50 states, examples of successful programs and approaches, tools to support grant writing, free customized assistance and much more.
Our staff and faculty present and publish on a wide range of rural health topics at the national, regional, tribal, state and community levels. We also serve on a variety of national and regional boards, committees, and taskforces, all with the aim of helping to inform people, organizations, and policy discussions about rural issues.
We provide information to the North Dakota Legislature, the Governor’s office, and our state’s federal delegation, as well as to legislative staff across the country.
The Center for Rural Health has operated the Rural Assistance Center for nearly ten years and also oversees one other national online information portal, the Rural Health Research Gateway.
Kristine Sande, MBA - Associate Director
Most Recent Publications
- What's in a Name?
High-level service is still as sweet with new name.Author(s): Massman, N.
Publication: North Dakota Medicine, 41(1), 20-21
Date: March 2016
- Dakota Conference on Rural and Public Health Celebrates 30 Years
North Dakota Medicine, Vol. 40, Issue 2. Longtime statewide gathering of health professionals helps to improve the health of North Dakotans.Author(s): Massmann, N.
Date: July 2015
- “HOSA” Spells the Future of North Dakota’s Healthcare Workforce
North Dakota Medicine, Vol. 40, Issue 1. Middle school and high school students explore becoming healthcare professionals.Author(s): Kusler, S.
Date: March 2015
Most Recent Presentations
- Disrespect of Our Elders: Elder Abuse in Indian Country
Presented by Gray, J. on May 10, 2017 at the National Adult Protective Services Association (NAPSA) Research to Practice (R2P), Webinar Series
- Preparing a Strong Rural Health Message
Presented by Schroeder, S. on Mar 07, 2017 at the Delta States Rural Development Network Program Partnership Meeting, Washington, D.C.
- Epidemic: Suicide in Indian Country
Presented by Gray, J. on Oct 07, 2015 at the American Indian/Alaska Native Behavioral Health Network, Iowa City, Iowa
- The Grant Writing Basics – An Overview
Presented by Gibbens, B. on May 13, 2015 at the Medical Laboratory Science Masters Program at the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, North Dakota
- Advisory Committee Update
Presented by Gibbens, B., Schroeder, S., Knutson, A., Peterson, M., Jonk, Y. on May 01, 2015 at the Rural Health Reform Policy Research Center Advisory Committee, Grand Forks, North Dakota