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 Expertise

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.

Key Contact

Kristine Sande, MBA - Associate Director

Most Recent Publications

Most Recent Presentations

  • 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
  • The Rural Community and Health Policy
    Presented by Gibbens, B. on Nov 05, 2014 at the Social Policy 442 UND Department of Social Work, Grand Forks, North Dakota