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Minnesota

Key Contact for Minnesota

Minnesota Department of Health - Office of Rural Health and Primary Care

Phone: 651.201.3838
Email: health.orhpc@state.mn.us

Serves as the State Office of Rural Health (SORH) in Minnesota and promotes access to quality healthcare for all Minnesota residents. Works with policymakers, providers, and rural and underserved urban communities. Collects and analyzes statewide data on licensed healthcare providers; provides grant support to increase access to healthcare workforce programs; and builds and sustains healthcare facilities, including Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs). Designates and supports the trauma system in Minnesota.
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Minnesota Nonmetro Population

5,600,166
Estimated population
1,245,236 (22.2%)
People living in nonmetro areas
Source: U.S. Census ACS 2020 estimate

Minnesota Rural Healthcare Facilities

77
Critical Access Hospitals
100
Rural Health Clinics
18
Federally Qualified Health Centers*
25
Short Term/PPS Hospitals*
*Sites located outside of Urbanized Areas according to data.HRSA.gov. July 2022.

Selected Social Determinants of Health for Rural Minnesota

3.6% of Minnesota residents lack health insurance (Kaiser, 2021). According to the USDA Economic Research Service, the average per capita income for Minnesotans in 2020 was $62,005, with the rural per capita income at $52,487. The ERS reports, based on 2020 ACS data, that the poverty rate in rural Minnesota is 9.1%, compared with 8.0% in urban areas of the state. 8.0% of the rural population has not completed high school, while 6.2% of the urban population lacks a high school diploma according to 2016-2020 ACS data reported by ERS. The unemployment rate in rural Minnesota is at 3.6% while in urban Minnesota it is at 3.4% (USDA-ERS, 2021).

For a national comparison, please see an overview of the United States.

Data Sources
Kaiser Family Foundation State Health Facts; USDA Economic Research Service: State Fact Sheets

Contacts

There are more organizations related to Minnesota in the organizations section.


Last Reviewed: 12/8/2022