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The Center for Rural Health undertakes research initiatives to support rural and tribal communities by:

  • Identifying and describing health disparities
  • Examining issues related to healthcare service delivery and systems, health workforce, and population health
  • Supporting the development of research expertise

What We Can Do for You

In the area of research, we offer:

Our Expertise

The Center for Rural Health is home to many programs engaged in research. The Rural Health Reform Policy Research Center is one of seven CRH national programs. CRH also houses the National Resource Center on Native American Aging, which works with tribes nationwide on community-based participatory research. CRH faculty conduct research on behalf of foundations, North Dakota state government agencies, and through support from a variety of federal programs. The Center's researchers have a wide network of contacts involved in rural health research across the country, as well as connections with key organizations and agencies within North Dakota. Mapping and working with large databases, including Medicare data, are particular skills of the Center's research team. The CRH is also home to the Rural Health Research Gateway, which provides access to research conducted by all of the Rural Health Research Centers throughout the nation.

Key Contacts

We are interested in all aspects of research that relate to rural and tribal health. For general inquiries about CRH research:

For inquiries about specific research topics:

Most Recent Publications

  • All of Us Research Program Makes Stops in North Dakota
    In its efforts to enroll at least 1 million volunteers, the All of Us Research Program visited three communities in North Dakota this year, including Fargo, Grand Forks, and Williston.
    Author(s): Haugen, B.
    Publication: Focus on Rural Health
    Date: November 2019
    Type: Article
  • 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
  • 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
  • Driven by Data, Fueled by Figures, Stoked by Statistics
    The North Dakota Healthcare Workforce Group uses data to provide accurate feedback and data driven recommendations for future rural health policies.
    Author(s): Leier, M.
    Publication: Focus on Rural Health
    Date: January 2019
    Type: Article

Most Recent Presentations