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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

  • Virtual Workshop Seeks to Change the Rural Recruitment Mindset
    The Rural Recruitment Reimagined Workshop looks at what it takes to recruit and retain physicians in rural communities.
    Author(s): Kusler, S.
    Publication: Focus on Rural Health
    Date: September 2020
    Type: Article
  • Dental Pain Management in Dental Clinics, Emergency Rooms, and Primary Care Settings in North Dakota
    This fact sheet describes emergency room data and results from a survey among North Dakota dentists to better understand dental pain management, dentists' screening practices, and risk factors associated with and predictive of opioid prescribing behavior.
    Project: Oral Health Research and Evaluation
    Author(s): Schroeder, S., Knutson, S.
    Date: June 2020
    Type: Fact Sheet
  • Farm Stress: Facts, Impact of COVID-19, and Resource and Training Needs of Mental Health Care Providers
    This brief shares feedback and data about farm stress, mental health implications, and COVID-19.
    Project: Mountain Plains Mental Health Technology Transfer Center
    Author(s): Schroeder, S., Heitkamp, T., Clark, B., Holiday, E., Breigenzer, A., Johnson, S.
    Date: June 2020
    Type: Fact Sheet
  • Celebrating Nurses and Hospitals During a Pandemic
    National Nurses Week and National Hospital Week were celebrated differently this year in North Dakota because of COVID-19.
    Author(s): Pierce, J.
    Publication: Focus on Rural Health
    Date: May 2020
    Type: Article
  • SAMHSA Leader Talks Behavioral Health with CRH Staff
    Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration regional director visits with Center for Rural Health staff about behavioral health programs.
    Projects: Healthcare Workforce Group, Mountain Plains Mental Health Technology Transfer Center, National Indigenous Elder Justice Initiative, Project ECHO, Rural Health Information Hub, Rural Health Research Gateway, State Epidemiological Outcomes Workgroup
    Author(s): Haugen, B.
    Publication: Focus on Rural Health
    Date: April 2020
    Type: Article

Most Recent Presentations