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:
- Key research findings on a wide range of topics via presentations and publications, including fact sheets, policy briefs, reports and journal articles, related to our research.
- Information about areas we research through the key research contacts listed below.
- Opportunities to collaborate on research relating to rural and tribal health at the state, regional, and national level.
- Community-based participatory research through the National Resource Center on Native American Aging and the Community Transformation Grant Program.
- Research education and mentorship through the Seven Generations Center of Excellence in Native Behavioral Health, North Dakota Master of Public Health at the University of North Dakota, the Dakota Conference on Rural and Public Health, and the American Indian Health Research Conference.
- Findings on the impact of health reform on rural communities through work conducted by the Center's Rural Health Reform Policy Research Center.
- Access to publications and projects conducted by Federal Office of Rural Health Policy-funded rural research centers via the Rural Health Research Gateway.
- Policy relevant research that is relied on by congressional offices, state legislators, state associations and other key policy makers and stakeholders.
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 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.
We are interested in all aspects of research that relate to rural and tribal health. For general inquiries about CRH research:
- Gary Hart, PhD - Director
For inquiries about specific research topics:
- Critical Access Hospitals/Rural Health Systems – Brad Gibbens, MPA
- Emergency Medical Services (EMS) - Mandi-Leigh Peterson, MA and Shawnda Schroeder, PhD
- Geographic Definitions - Gary Hart, PhD
- Healthcare Data and Methodology – Mandi-Leigh Peterson, MA
- Health Disparities – Mandi-Leigh Peterson, MA
- Health Policy - Brad Gibbens, MPA
- Health Reform - Brad Gibbens, MPA
- Health Workforce – Gary Hart, PhD
- Mental Health - Shawnda Schroeder, PhD
- Native American Health – Paula Carter, PhD and Jacque Gray, PhD
- Oral Health - Shawnda Schroeder, PhD
- Program Evaluation - Ralph Renger, PhD
Most Recent Publications
- Rural and Urban Utilization of the Emergency Department for Mental Health and Substance Abuse
Utilizes data from the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project’s (HCUP’s) State Emergency Department Databases (SEDD) for seven states. Researchers explore, and describe in this brief, the use of the Emergency Department for mental health and substance abuse among Urban, Large Rural, Small Rural, and Isolated Small Rural residents.Author(s): Schroeder, S., Peterson, M.
Date: June 2017
Type: Policy Brief
- Oral Health among North Dakota Medicaid Recipients
Examines dental care utilization among Medicaid recipients in North Dakota.Author(s): Schroeder, S.
Date: October 2016
Type: Fact Sheet
- Oral Health Programs in North Dakota
Policy Brief detailing current oral health initiatives in North Dakota.Author(s): Schroeder, S., Fix, N.
Date: October 2016
Type: Policy Brief
- Where did North Dakota Primary Care Physicians Graduate from Medical School and Where Have North Dakota Medical School Graduates Gone?
Examines where physicians practicing in North Dakota attended medical school and where North Dakota medical school students currently practice.Author(s): Hart, G., Peterson, M., Ahmed, A.
Publication: North Dakota Health Workforce Fact Sheet Series, Number 23
Date: September 2016
Type: Fact Sheet
- Dentists Providing Oral Healthcare to Long Term Care Residents: Survey Chartbook & Four North Dakota Case Studies
The survey was to assist in identifying providers for case study, and to identify barriers to providing care in long term care facilities.Author(s): Schroeder, S., Bright, P.
Date: July 2016
Most Recent Presentations
- Disseminating Rural Health Research to Diverse Audiences
Presented by Schroeder, S. on Apr 07, 2016 at the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, Authors Group, Webinar
- The Maryland Global Budget Experiment: Insights from a Maryland Rural Hospital Under Total Patient Revenue
Presented by Moore, P., Knudson, A. on Feb 04, 2016 at the NRHA Policy Institute, Washington, DC
- Rural Healthy Communities: The Role of Social Determinants and Transportation
Presented by Knudson, A. on Oct 27, 2015 at the National Rural Transit Assistance Program Technical Assistance Conference, Denver, Colorado
- State of Caregiving for People with Dementia in Indian Country
Presented by Carter, P. on Oct 15, 2015 at the Inaugural National Conference on Alzheimer's disease/Dementia in Native American Communities, Scottsdale, Arizona
- Rural Public Health: Addressing Rural Inequalities and Health Disparities
Presented by Knudson, A., Meit, M. on Sep 01, 2015 at the NOSORH Annual Meeting, Portland, Oregon