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Research

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

  • Center for Rural Health Hits the Big 4-0
    The Center for Rural Health celebrates 40 years of connecting resources and knowledge to strengthen the health of people in rural and tribal communities.
    Author(s): Haugen, B.
    Publication: UND Today
    Date: March 2020
    Type: Article
  • High Rates of Decay and Need for Dental Treatment Among American Indian and Alaska Native Kindergartners in North Dakota
    During the 2018-2019 school year, each of the 1,998 kindergartners enrolled in the 43 participating schools received a dental screening. This fact sheet describes the results of this screening and identified racial disparities.
    Author(s): Schroeder, S., Knutson, S.
    Date: February 2020
    Type: Fact Sheet
  • High Rates of Decay and Need for Dental Treatment Among Rural Kindergartners in North Dakota
    During the 2018-2019 school year, each of the 1,998 kindergartners enrolled in the 43 participating schools received a dental screening. This fact sheet describes the results of this screening and identified geographic disparities.
    Author(s): Schroeder, S., Knutson, S.
    Date: February 2020
    Type: Fact Sheet
  • Medical - Dental Integration in North Dakota
    This fact sheet describes the reach, patients served, and the outcomes of a medical-dental integration model employed in the University of North Dakota's Center for Family Medicine in Bismarck. This integrated care model provides dental screenings, fluoride varnish application, dental referrals, and care coordination for patients in the primary care setting while also educating medical residents and direct care staff quarterly on the direct relationship between oral health and overall health.
    Author(s): Schroeder, S., Knutson, S.
    Date: February 2020
    Type: Fact Sheet
  • Progress and Reach of the SEAL!ND Program
    This fact sheet details the progress and reach of the North Dakota school-based dental sealant program through 2019.
    Author(s): Schroeder, S., Knutson, S.
    Date: February 2020
    Type: Fact Sheet

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