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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's website 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

  • Scrubs Project Report
    Project report for Rural Collaborative Opportunities for Occupational Learning (R-COOL-Health) Scrubs Camps and Scrubs Academies.
    Author(s): Nissen, K.
    Date: September 2019
    Type: Report
  • Promoting Positive Mental Health in Rural Schools
    This resource from the Mountain Plains Mental Health Technology Transfer Center aims to promote positive mental health in rural schools.
    Author(s): Heitkamp, T., Nielsen, S., Schroeder, S.
    Date: August 2019
    Type: Other
  • NRCNAA: Supporting Those Who Stand in the Gap for Native Elders
    Native service providers say the National Resource Center on Native American Aging helps them secure resources, guides their interventions, and fosters collaboration.
    Author(s): Herting, A., Adamsen, C.
    Date: April 2019
    Type: Fact Sheet
  • Air Force Veteran Finds His Place at the Center for Rural Health
    Air Force veteran Shawn Larson returns home to North Dakota and finds his place at the Center for Rural Health.
    Author(s): Haugen, B.
    Publication: Focus on Rural Health
    Date: March 2019
    Type: Article
  • Rural Relationships
    Physician Assistant fulfills her passion in Cooperstown, North Dakota.
    Author(s): Kusler, S.
    Publication: Focus on Rural Health
    Date: February 2019
    Type: Article

Most Recent Presentations