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

  • American Indian Health Research Conference
    North Dakota Medicine, Volume 40, Issue 4. The annual AIHRC provides a forum for culturally appropriate research.
    Author(s): Massmann, N.
    Date: December 2015
    Type: Magazine
  • Third Biennial Report: Health Issues for the State of North Dakota, 2015
    Now in its third 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.

    Date: December 2014
    Type: Report
  • What is a Community Health Center?
    North Dakota Medicine, Vol. 38, Issue 3. Non-profit community-driven clinics provide high-quality primary and preventive care to all individuals, with or without insurance and regardless of their ability to pay.
    Author(s): Morin, K. & Barclay, M.
    Date: October 2013
    Type: Magazine
  • Emerging Health Trends in North Dakota: Community Health Needs Assessments Aggregate Data Report
    Full report showing results of the Community Health Needs Assessments conducted by the Center for Rural Health for Critical Access Hospitals in North Dakota.
    Author(s): Becker, K.
    Date: September 2013
    Type: Report

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