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Due to COVID-19, CRH will continue working remotely until further notice.

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
Acting Director

Most Recent Publications

  • The Role of Rural and Urban Geography and Gender in Community Stigma Around Mental Illness
    This article describes the role of gender and rural-urban living in perceptions about mental illness in North Dakota. Results are based off of a survey conducted in the fall of 2018; the survey was completed by 749 North Dakota residents.
    Project: Mountain Plains Mental Health Technology Transfer Center
    Author(s): Schroeder, S., Tan, C.M., Urlacher, B., Heitkamp, T.
    Publication: Health Education & Behavior
    Date: November 2020
    Type: Journal Article
  • Strengthening Resilience: Promoting Positive School Mental Health Among Indigenous Youth
    The purpose of this toolkit is to provide tools for k-12 educators, administrators, and mental health treatment providers to better address the learning and behavioral health needs of Indigenous youth in a holistic manner.
    Project: Mountain Plains Mental Health Technology Transfer Center
    Author(s): Schroeder, S., Heitkamp, T., Fox, L., Nielsen, S.
    Date: October 2020
    Type: Report
  • North Dakota Public Health Technical Assistance Survey
    This report shares the results of a survey sent to all 28 North Dakota Local Public Health Units administrators, regarding technical assistance.
    Project: State Office of Rural Health
    Author(s): Nissen, K.
    Date: September 2020
    Type: Report
  • North Dakota Public Health Unit Response to COVID-19
    This fact sheet shares the results of a survey sent to all 28 North Dakota local public health unit (LPHU) administrators, asked to indicate what role their LPHU had in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
    Project: State Office of Rural Health
    Author(s): Nissen, K.
    Date: September 2020
    Type: Fact Sheet
  • Dental Student Rotations at a Federally Qualified Health Center
    This brief provides a summary of the clinical reach of the dental student rotations and the perceptions of both the participating dental students and FQHC dental team members.
    Project: Oral Health Research and Evaluation
    Author(s): Schroeder, S., Knutson, S.
    Date: August 2020
    Type: Policy Brief

Most Recent Presentations