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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:

  • hospitals
  • public health units
  • nursing homes
  • clinics
  • ambulance units
  • community health coalitions and networks

What We Can Do for You

In the area of working with communities, we offer:

Our Expertise

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.

Key Contact

Brad Gibbens, MPA - Deputy Director

Most Recent Publications

  • Changing Times
    The Center for Rural Health is involved in 14 projects related to behavioral health.
    Author(s): Haugen, B.
    Publication: Focus on Rural Health
    Date: June 2019
    Type: Article
  • 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
  • Air Force Veteran Finds His Place at the Center for Rural Health
    Air Force veteran Shawn Larson returns home to North Dakota and finds his place at the Center for Rural Health.
    Author(s): Haugen, B.
    Publication: Focus on Rural Health
    Date: March 2019
    Type: Article
  • Rural Relationships
    Physician Assistant fulfills her passion in Cooperstown, North Dakota.
    Author(s): Kusler, S.
    Publication: Focus on Rural Health
    Date: February 2019
    Type: Article
  • 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
    Type: Report

Most Recent Presentations