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Health Workforce

The Center for Rural Health assists rural areas in meeting their health workforce needs. Using state and federal resources, we:

  • Educate North Dakota students about rural health careers
  • Research workforce issues at the state and national level
  • Provide assistance in matching healthcare professionals and rural communities

What We Can Do for You

In the area of health workforce, we offer:

Our Expertise

Our director, Gary Hart, is a national leader in medical geography and health workforce. He leads our research team in collecting data to describe the current workforce of physicians in North Dakota. We use data to help inform policy makers and other key stakeholders.

Our workforce specialist actively monitors workforce needs in rural communities and seeks out providers and health professionals to meet those needs.

Hospital Workforce Survey

Key Contact

Lynette Dickson, MS, RD, LRD - Associate Director

Most Recent Publications

  • Fifth Biennial Report: Health Issues for the State of North Dakota, 2019
    Now in its fifth edition, the report is a detailed look at the status of health, healthcare delivery, and the healthcare workforce across the state. It is the most up-to-date and comprehensive analysis of these issues available anywhere, and is the result of a collaborative effort of the Center for Rural Health, the School, and the School's Advisory Council.
    Author(s): UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences
    Date: November 2018
    Type: Report
  • Medical School and Interstate Balance of Trade Among Direct Patient Care Physicians in North Dakota
    Examines where North Dakota physicians attended medical school, and where North Dakota medical student are practicing with an emphasis on specific specialties.
    Author(s): Hart, G., Besse, R.
    Publication: North Dakota Health Workforce Fact Sheet Series, Number 32
    Date: October 2018
    Type: Fact Sheet
  • Connect and Engage
    Critical Access Hospitals in North Dakota are using telehealth and technology to connect and reconnect to meet the needs of their rural patients.
    Author(s): Kusler, S.
    Publication: North Dakota Medicine, 43(2), 14-15
    Date: June 2018
    Type: Magazine
  • Stirring Things Up: CRH Founder Is a Mover and Shaker in Rural Healthcare
    As a University of North Dakota student, founder director of the Center for Rural Health, and consultant, Dr. Kevin Fickenscher likes to stir things up.
    Author(s): Haugen, B.
    Publication: North Dakota Medicine, 43(2), 10-11
    Date: June 2018
    Type: Magazine
  • Giving Back
    Tara Brandner and Amy Holtan Ellingson are among those making use of loan repayment programs available to healthcare professionals willing to work in rural and underserved areas.
    Author(s): Haugen, B.
    Publication: North Dakota Medicine, 42(4), 8-9
    Date: December 2017
    Type: Magazine

Most Recent Presentations

  • North Dakota Oral Health Status
    Presented by Schroeder, S. on Jul 14, 2016 at the Dental Services Network Team Meeting, Community HealthCare Association of the Dakotas, Webinar

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