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.
- Research education and mentorship through the 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 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.
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 – Jacque Gray, PhD and Collette Adamsen, MPA
- Oral Health - Shawnda Schroeder, PhD
- Program Evaluation - Brad Gibbens, MPA
Most Recent Publications
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
Participation in Cultural Traditions Promotes Happiness and Peacefulness Among American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian Elders
This article examines the relationship between participation in cultural practices and emotional health among American Indian/Alaska Native/Native Hawaiian (AI/AN/NH) elders.Author(s): Herting, A., Adamsen, C.
Date: September 2018
Type: Fact Sheet
A Medical Journalist Insider
Dr. Kay Miller Temple is a medical writer for Rural Health Information Hub. She is also a physician with over 30 years of experience. That, coupled with her rural upbringing, helps her research and write articles with a unique perspective on complex rural health issues.Author(s): Leier, M.
Date: May 2018
Disrespect of Our Elders: Elder Abuse in Indian Country
This Research to Practice series examines the fact that little research data exists involving American Indian and Alaska Native elder abuse and neglect. It makes recommendations for practice and policy when working with American Indians and Alaska Natives.Author(s): Gray, J.
Date: November 2017