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
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
Executive Summary: Mental Health Training and Technical Assistance Needs Among Probation and Parole Officers in Region 8
This is an executive summary of the larger report, Mental Health Training and Technical Assistance Needs: Findings, Implications, and Summary of a Survey of Probation and Parole Officers in Region 8. The brief summarizes the mental health training needs of probation and parole officers in the six-state region and provides recommendations for future work.Author(s): Schroeder, S., Heitkamp, T., Martinefski, D.
Date: March 2020
Type: Policy Brief
Reach of the Mountain Plains Mental Health Technology Transfer Center School Based Program: Year One Snapshot
This fact sheet provides an overview of the Mountain Plains Mental Health Technology Transfer Center's School Based Mental Health Program and the reach of the program in grant year one. The fact sheet describes the number of free, school-based mental health trainings held, school-based products developed, the number of people reached, and the participants' perceptions of these trainings. Grant year one includes August 15, 2018, through August 14, 2019.Author(s): Schroeder, S.
Date: January 2020
Type: Fact Sheet
Reach of the Mountain Plains Mental Health Technology Transfer Center: Year One Snapshot
This fact sheet provides an overview of the Mountain Plains Mental Health Technology Transfer Center and the reach of the program in grant year one. The fact sheet describes the number of free mental health trainings held, products developed, number of people reached, and the participants' perceptions of these trainings. Grant year one includes August 15, 2018, through August 14, 2019.Author(s): Schroeder, S.
Date: January 2020
Type: Fact Sheet
All of Us Research Program Makes Stops in North Dakota
In its efforts to enroll at least 1 million volunteers, the All of Us Research Program visited three communities in North Dakota this year, including Fargo, Grand Forks, and Williston.Author(s): Haugen, B.
Publication: Focus on Rural Health
Date: November 2019
Most Recent Presentations
- Grant Writing Workshop
Presented by Gibbens, B. on Oct 17, 2019 at the University of North Dakota College of Nursing & Professional Disciplines, N590 Directed Studies in Nutrition, Grand Forks, North Dakota
- Health and the Community: Population Health to Achieve Better Care, Better Health, and Lowered Costs
Presented by Gibbens, B. on Oct 15, 2019 at the Ashley Medical Center Annual Meeting, Ashley, North Dakota
- Benefits of Developing Interdisciplinary Teams and Working with Rural Communities to Conduct Research with a Local Impact
Presented by Schroeder, S., Ruthig, J., Hand, L., Sanner-Stiehr, E., Heitkamp, T. on Oct 14, 2019 at the WONCA World Rural Health Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico
- Project ECHO: Bridging the Gap in Healthcare to Provide Training, Tools, and Support to Rural Providers
Presented by Schmitz, D., Dickson, L., Reiten, J. on Jun 11, 2019 at the Dakota Conference on Rural and Public Health, Minot, North Dakota
- Rural Health Systems: Understanding Rural Health
Presented by Gibbens, B. on Feb 01, 2019 at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences, Medical Laboratory Science 515, Grand Forks, North Dakota