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

  • Scrubs Project Report
    Project report for Rural Collaborative Opportunities for Occupational Learning (R-COOL-Health) Scrubs Camps and Scrubs Academy.
    Author(s): Nissen, K.
    Date: August 2017
    Type: Report
  • A Wider Lens
    Statewide Community Showcases give medical students and residents the chance to connect with North Dakota healthcare facilities in hopes to improve workforce recruitment and retention.
    Author(s): Kusler, S.
    Publication: North Dakota Medicine, 42(2), 26-27
    Date: June 2017
    Type: Magazine
  • Recruitment Evolution
    Rural areas in North Dakota have unique challenges in the changing landscape of provider recruitment. In an industry of constant change, a few North Dakota facilities were asked to share how they are adapting and still finding providers.
    Author(s): Kusler, S.
    Publication: North Dakota Medicine, 42(1), 18-19
    Date: April 2017
    Type: Magazine
  • An Interprofessional Programme to Culturally Sensitise Students to the Needs of Patients and Realities of Practice in Rural Areas
    The University of North Dakota programme, Students/residents Experiences And Rotations in Community Health (SEARCH), was implemented to address recruitment and retention problems and stereotypes associated with practicing in rural areas.
    Author(s): Schuller, K., Amundson, M., McPherson, M., Halaas, G.
    Publication: Journal of Interprofessional Care, 28, 1-3
    Date: February 2017
    Type: Journal Article
  • Adjacent Border Analysis for Direct Patient Care Physicians
    Examines physicians located in states that border North Dakota that are treating North Dakota patients.
    Author(s): Hart, G., Peterson, M., Ahmed, A.
    Publication: North Dakota Health Workforce Fact Sheet Series, Number 25
    Date: January 2017
    Type: Fact Sheet

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