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Public Health

Solid public health services can improve the overall population health, meaning healthier communities and healthier North Dakotans. The Center for Rural Health works to further the public health mission in North Dakota by:

  • Working with diverse organizations to build partnerships and improve population health in rural areas.
  • Coordinating the annual Dakota Conference on Rural and Public Health.
  • Gathering statistical data on various North Dakotan health aspects to inform stakeholders, educators, and policy makers.
  • Providing technical assistance on accreditation, grant writing, needs assessments, improvement planning, and community engagement for local public health units.

Key Contact

Brad Gibbens, MPA, Deputy Director

Most Recent Publications

  • Return on Investment
    The RuralMed program makes its mark by supplying physicians in rural North Dakota.
    Author(s): Kusler, S.
    Publication: Focus on Rural Health
    Date: September 2019
    Type: Article
  • 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
  • Rural Health Research RECAP: Healthcare Access and Status Among Rural Children
    More than half (56.6%) of all rural counties in the U.S. do not have a pediatrician, which can have a negative effect on the health status of rural children. This recap provides a summary of the research on pediatric health status, health outcomes, and access to care in rural areas.
    Author(s): Bauman, S., Schroeder, S.
    Date: August 2019
    Type: Fact Sheet
  • Rural Health Research RECAP: Poverty and Health Insurance Coverage Among Rural Children
    This recap examines pediatric insurance coverage, poverty rates, and Medicaid enrollment by race/ethnicity in rural and urban communities. It also presents a summary of the research on the impact of coverage on rural access to care.
    Author(s): Bauman, S., Schroeder, S.
    Date: August 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

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