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, the Community Engagement Grant in collaboration with the ND Department of Health, 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
- Fourth Biennial Report: Health Issues for the State of North Dakota, 2017
Now in its fourth 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 2016
- Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota “Official Sponsor of Recess” Rural Grant Program, Year 10
Describes wellness programs funded to rural North Dakota communities through the Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota Rural Grant Program.Author(s): Nissen, K., and Reiten, J.
Date: February 2016
- 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
Community Engagement Toolkit
This toolkit is designed to assist groups and individuals throughout North Dakota in engaging their community to make a difference through a collaborative process.Author(s): Knauf, T.
Date: March 2015
- 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
Most Recent Presentations
- Understanding Rural Health in a Time of Policy and Health System Change and Reform
Presented by Gibbens, B. on Feb 13, 2017 at the University of Mary, Advanced Nursing Education - Common and Chronic Healthcare Management 589, Bismarck, North Dakota
- The Grant Writing Basics - An Overview
Presented by Gibbens, B. on Feb 03, 2017 at the UND College of Nursing & Professional Disciplines, N513 Core Concepts II, Grand Forks, North Dakota
- The Importance of Community in Rural Health
Presented by Gibbens, B. on Dec 01, 2016 at the UND College of Nursing & Professional Disciplines, N548 Advanced Public Health Nursing, Grand Forks, North Dakota
- Preliminary Analysis of Community Health Needs Assessments (CHNA) Prioritized Issues
Presented by Gibbens, B. on Oct 26, 2016 at the State Health Data Retreat, Bismarck, North Dakota
- A Changing Healthcare Picture in North Dakota But Community is Still Key
Presented by Gibbens, B. on Oct 18, 2016 at the Ashley Medical Center Annual Meeting, Ashley, North Dakota