Working With Communities
The Center for Rural Health works with rural and tribal communities to build responsive and sustainable health systems and strong rural health organizations. We help communities:
- engage their community members
- build collaborative and cooperative relationships across organizations and communities
- develop their local healthcare capacity and workforce
- promote healthy communities and lifestyles
- evaluate current programs and develop new ones
- learn about and implement innovative strategies
The CRH works with many types of health organizations including:
- public health units
- nursing homes
- ambulance units
- community health coalitions and networks
What We Can Do for You
In the area of working with communities, we offer:
- Grant writing support including grant writing workshops, identifying funding sources, finding statistics and background information, critiquing grant proposals, and providing letters of support.
- Attracting health professionals through the State Office of Rural Health, the Area Health Education Center and our workforce specialist.
Community health planning and
development to help organizations understand
and meet their community's needs via:
- Meeting facilitation of community and health facility discussions
- Strategic planning to help organizations develop a comprehensive vision and direction
- Community needs assessments via surveys, focus groups, and key informant interviews
- Topical presentations for your organization or community through our speakers bureau.
- Program evaluations that provide a picture of where your organization is succeeding, and areas of potential improvement.
- Healthcare facility support. Learn more about What We Do: Hospitals and Facilities
- Promote healthy communities through Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota grants, Rural Hospital Flexibility Program grants, and the North Dakota Brain Injury Network.
The Center for Rural Health was created in 1980 to have a primary mission of providing service and assistance to rural communities in the development of stronger, more viable health systems and to improve the health status in rural North Dakota. We have over 30 years of experience in working directly with rural communities to help them to identify and develop community-based solutions to their local health issues and to advocate for rural concerns. We have conducted numerous community engagement efforts including strategic planning, network development, grant development, community needs assessments, and other assistance focused on building local capacity. The Center for Rural Health believes in the power of the rural community and its members to articulate and construct their own vision for community health.
Brad Gibbens, MPA - Deputy Director
Most Recent Publications
Fifth Biennial Report: Health Issues for the State of North Dakota, 2019
Now in its fifth edition, the report is a detailed look at the status of health, healthcare delivery, and the healthcare workforce across the state. It is the most up-to-date and comprehensive analysis of these issues available anywhere, and is the result of a collaborative effort of the Center for Rural Health, the School, and the School's Advisory Council.Author(s): UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences
Date: November 2018
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
Tara Brandner and Amy Holtan Ellingson are among those making use of loan repayment programs available to healthcare professionals willing to work in rural and underserved areas.Author(s): Haugen, B.
Publication: North Dakota Medicine, 42(4), 8-9
Date: December 2017
The Prime of Their Lives
Health professionals and students gather for Primary Care Week at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences to network and to discuss the role of primary care in North Dakota's health delivery systems.Author(s): Kusler, S.
Publication: North Dakota Medicine, 42(4), 16-17
Date: December 2017
Targeted Rural Health Education
Targeted Rural Health Education (TRHE) is a project where health profession students who are living and learning in rural communities explore a local health need and write an educational article that addresses the issue for the community.Author(s): Kusler, S.
Publication: North Dakota Medicine, 42(3), 18-19
Date: September 2017
Most Recent Presentations
- Health Services for Special Populations: Rural and Community Issues (and Health Reform)
Presented by Gibbens, B. on Oct 15, 2018 at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences, MPH 510 Health Care Systems, Grand Forks, North Dakota
- Findings from the North Dakota State Targeted Response to the Opioid Crisis (Opioid STR)
Presented by Peterson, M., Dulitz, M., Dickson, L. on Jun 13, 2018 at the Dakota Conference on Rural and Public Health, Grand Forks, North Dakota
- Community Capacity: Working with Rural Communities to Solve Rural and Community Health Issues
Presented by Gibbens, B. on Apr 13, 2018 at the Activity Professionals of North Dakota - Areas III and IV, Aneta, North Dakota
- Rural Health: Issues and Solutions for Rural Communities
Presented by Gibbens, B. on Mar 26, 2018 at the University of Mary, Advanced Nursing Education - Common and Chronic Health Care Management 589, Bismarck, North Dakota
- The Role of Cities in North Dakota: Economics, Demographics, and Social Make-Up
Presented by Gibbens, B. on Mar 20, 2018 at the North Dakota Demographic Conference, Fargo, North Dakota