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Rural Health
Resources by State: Minnesota

Community Care Integration
Profile of Southern Prairie, a 12-county collaboration facilitating integration of health services and community supports in rural southwestern Minnesota through a Medicaid Accountable Care Organization.
Date: 07/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Value
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It’s an Addiction Crisis: Across Minnesota, the “Opioid Crisis” Is so Much More than Just Opioids
Details the opioid crisis in the state of Minnesota. Includes statistics on overdose deaths and treatment admissions for alcohol, heroin, methamphetamine, and other opiates. Covers hospital addition costs and workforce issues posing a barrier to access in rural areas. Reviews three rural community models working to address substance abuse.
Author(s): Marnie Werner
Date: 06/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Rural Policy and Development
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Immigrant Health Policy Paper
Policy position brief about new immigrants in rural areas, in terms of health care access, health disparities, economic contributions, health care facilities and Community Health Workers, and service strategies to benefit immigrants. Includes case studies of immigrants in Minnesota and immigrants employed in the meat-processing industry and in rural farming.
Author(s): Susan Kunz, April Fernandez, Matt Gilleskie, et al.
Date: 05/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Association
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Patterns of Opioid Prescribing in Minnesota: 2012 and 2015
Describes opioid prescription patterns among Minnesota residents with private or public insurance coverage in 2012 and 2015. Discusses opioid use in rural areas and provides statistics on the number of opioid prescriptions by metropolitan, micropolitan, small town, or rural. Includes insights and opportunities to inform policymakers on reducing the use and overuse of prescription opioids.
Date: 04/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Minnesota Department of Health
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Minnesota Accountable Community for Health Saves Medicaid $3.8 Million Through Its Opioid Prevention Initiative
Details the opioid prevention and cost saving efforts of a community health initiative in Morrison County, Minnesota. Discusses the measures implemented and the various participating entities, such as providers, pharmacies, social services, and law enforcement, among others.
Author(s): Amy Clary
Date: 04/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Academy for State Health Policy
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State Innovation Models (SIM) Initiative Evaluation: Model Test Year Four Annual Report
Fourth annual report on Round 1 of the CMS State Innovation Models (SIM) Initiative, which tests the ability of the governments in six states - Arkansas, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oregon, and Vermont - to move providers to value-based payment models (VPMs). Describes the experiences of providers, health systems, consumers, payers, and state officials during the final full implementation year for most Round 1 states. Presents interim impacts on healthcare utilization, cost, and quality for individuals reached by SIM-supported VPMs during the SIM Initiative period. Includes information specific to rural areas.
Date: 03/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, RTI International
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Healthy Children, Healthy Nations: Charting Pathways on Early Childhood Development and Nutrition for Minnesota's Native Children
Report discusses the health of Native American children in Minnesota. Features state and national data about Native American children's health, as well as interventions in children's nutrition, early childhood development, and childhood trauma.
Date: 03/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Better Way Foundation, Center for Indian Country Development, Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, Seeds of Native Health
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State of Rural Minnesota, 2018: An Economic and Demographic Update on Rural Minnesota
Provides an overview of rural Minnesota. Reports data and statistics on multiple county-level measures including rurality, population change, age, nonwhite and Latino population growth, income, poverty, employment sector, and job vacancies.
Author(s): Kelly Asche
Date: 03/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Rural Policy and Development
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An Advanced Dental Therapist in Rural Minnesota: Jodi Hager’s Case Study
Presents a case study of a dental therapy practice in rural Minnesota. Discusses the practice's productivity, workflow and scheduling, and its effect on oral health access in the area.
Date: 02/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Apple Tree Dental
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Minnesota’s Changing Health Insurance Landscape: Results from the 2017 Minnesota Health Access Survey
Analyzes trends from the 2017 Minnesota Health Access Survey to better understand how Minnesotans obtained health insurance. Discusses rural and urban differences in individual health insurance coverage and health insurance coverage rates in isolated rural Minnesota.
Date: 02/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Minnesota Department of Health, Health Economics Program, State Health Access Data Assistance Center, University of Minnesota, School of Public Health
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