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Research

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

  • Illustrating health inequities
  • Studying and describing social determinants of health
  • 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 Community Health Needs Assessments.
  • Tribal participatory research through the National Resource Center on Native American Aging.
  • Statewide healthcare workforce research and data analysis, conducted by the Healthcare Workforce Group. This group provides clear, efficient information for policy and decision-making, and advances the knowledge of rural and urban health factors within the state.
  • Research education and mentorship through the Dakota Conference on Rural and Public Health, the American Indian Health Research Conference, student internships, guest lectures, conference presentations, and faculty roles on students' thesis and dissertation committees.
  • Access to national rural health research publications funded by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy 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.

Our Expertise

The Center for Rural Health (CRH) is home to many programs, faculty, and staff engaged in research. For example, the National Resource Center on Native American Aging works with tribes nationwide on tribal participatory research. Through the Mountain Plains Mental Health Technology Transfer Center, faculty study topics like mental health stigma. CRH faculty and staff also 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 and Medicaid data, are particular skills of the Center's research team. CRH is also home to the Rural Health Research Gateway program, which provides access to national research conducted by all of the

Key Contacts

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

Most Recent Publications

  • Brief: Evaluation of Medical-Dental Integration at the University of North Dakota Center for Family Medicine
    A brief review on the evaluation of the medical-dental integration program implemented by the North Dakota Department of Health Oral Health Program. The brief also offers a summary and recommendations for future medical-dental integration in North Dakota.
    Project: Oral Health Research and Evaluation
    Author(s): Schroeder, S., Knutson, S.
    Date: September 2020
    Type: Policy Brief
  • Evaluation Report: Medical-Dental Integration at the University of North Dakota Center for Family Medicine
    A full, comprehensive report on the evaluation of the medical-dental integration program implemented by the North Dakota Department of Health Oral Health Program. The report provider date on patient reach and medical resident and staff knowledge of oral health, and also offers a summary and recommendations for future medical-dental integration.
    Project: Oral Health Research and Evaluation
    Author(s): Schroeder, S., Knutson, S.
    Date: September 2020
    Type: Report
  • Medical-Dental Integration Manual
    This manual is intended for North Dakota primary care and pediatric providers interested in improving the oral health of patients by integrating a registered dental hygienist into a medical care team. The content in the manual is specific to North Dakota, particularly for topics addressing billing, contracting, rules and regulations, and scope of dental hygiene practice.
    Project: Oral Health Research and Evaluation
    Author(s): Bopp, V., Schroeder, S., Kiefer, C.
    Date: September 2020
    Type: Report
  • Mountain Plains Mental Health Technology Transfer Center: Year Two Program Snapshot
    This snapshot provides program goals, reach, and measures impact of the Mountain Plains Mental Health Technology Transfer Center program in year two (August 15, 2019 - August 14, 2020).
    Project: Mountain Plains Mental Health Technology Transfer Center
    Author(s): Schroeder, S., Terry, D., Helfand, B
    Date: September 2020
    Type: Fact Sheet
  • Rural Health Research: Gateway's Top Three Countdown
    The Rural Health Research Gateway is funded by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy with the primary purpose of sharing the work of the federally-funded Rural Health Research Centers. The annual website analytics offer a glimpse into the public's rural health research interests.
    Project: Rural Health Research Gateway
    Author(s): Schroeder, S.
    Date: September 2020
    Type: Fact Sheet

Most Recent Presentations