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State Innovation Model Testing Awards From the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation: Highlighting Rural Focus
Summarizes the activities and accomplishments of rural-specific State Innovation Models (SIM) in six states: Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Oregon, Minnesota, and Vermont. The SIM initiative was started in 2012 to support states that are committed to designing and testing strategies for payment model and delivery system reform.
Date: 07/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Value
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State of Care: Minnesota's Home Care Landscape
Provides a snapshot of the home care landscape in Minnesota. Includes information on the quality of care, workforce compensation, training, and unique challenges and changing demographics in rural areas. Includes statistics on home care workforce demographics in Minnesota and at the national level, and older adult population by county.
Date: 05/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute
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Mental Health Services in Greater Minnesota
A discussion of mobile crisis teams in the treatment of and access to mental healthcare in rural Minnesota. Includes information about community-based services and barriers to care such as workforce shortages, variable population rates, and impacts on law enforcement officials. County-by-county data and statistics for the state are also provided.
Additional links: Fact Sheet
Date: 05/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Rural Policy and Development (Minnesota)
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Rural Family Medicine Outcomes at the University of Minnesota Medical School Duluth
Analysis of 1972-2009 graduates of the Duluth medical school, an institution emphasizing family medicine and service to American Indian communities, showing how gender, race, age, and hometown relate to family medicine specialty, rural practice, and rural family medicine practice. Includes demographic statistics by decade, with breakdowns by rural and urban hometowns.
Author(s): Anna Fuglestad, Jacob Prunuske, Ronald Regal, et al.
Location: Family Medicine, 49(5), 388-393
Date: 05/2017
Type: Document
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Public and Individual Health Insurance Trends in Rural Minnesota: Enrollment During Implementation of the Affordable Care Act
Report focused on rural Minnesotan's enrollment in non-employer provided insurance coverage as impacted by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) since 2010. Includes a discussion of Medical Assistance and MinnesotaCare increases as well as the individual market. Data and statistics by county type (entirely rural, small town/rural mix, urban/small town/rural, entirely urban) also provided.
Date: 04/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Minnesota Department of Health - Office of Rural Health and Primary Care
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Finance in Rural and Urban Hospitals
A summary of the impact of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on the insurance coverage rates and reimbursement methods in rural hospitals in Minnesota. Includes a discussion of public and private insurance programs, uncompensated care, and operating margins. Also includes data and statistic comparisons for Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs), other rural hospitals, and urban hospitals.
Date: 04/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Minnesota Department of Health - Office of Rural Health and Primary Care
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Health Care Access in Rural Minnesota: Results from the Minnesota Health Access Survey
A look at healthcare access in rural Minnesota before and after the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), with a particular focus on insurance coverage rates. Includes data and statistics for affordability of insurance, availability of care, and demographics across the state.
Date: 04/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Minnesota Department of Health - Office of Rural Health and Primary Care
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Minnesota’s Dental Assistant Workforce, 2014-2015
Results of the Dental Assistant Workforce Survey. Provides information on demographics, employment rates, work settings, and distribution across urban and rural areas.
Date: 03/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Minnesota Department of Health - Office of Rural Health and Primary Care
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2017 State of Minnesota Rural Health
Reports the age, income, and health status of Minnesotans. Details the top ten rural health issues facing Minnesota: insurance market changes, healthcare workforce shortages, opioid abuse and treatment, medical and non-medical transportation, broadband shortage and telemedicine, reimbursement disparities, hospitals, clinics, and long-term care facilities in crisis, and the social determinants of health.
Date: 02/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Minnesota Rural Health Association
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International Medical Graduate Assistance Program: Report to the Minnesota Legislature
Summary of a program designed to address barriers to practice for international medical graduates and promote pathways to integrate them into primary care settings in rural and underserved areas of the state. Includes background information on the program, the first of its kind in the country, as well as progress reports for the first two years since implementation.
Date: 02/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Minnesota Department of Health - Office of Rural Health and Primary Care
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Minnesota’s Dental Hygienist Workforce, 2014-2015
A summary of the 2014-2015 Dental Hygienist Workforce Survey for the state of Minnesota. Includes data and statistics for demographics, current employment status and future plans, work setting, and geographical distribution by region. Also includes rural-urban distribution information.
Date: 02/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Minnesota Department of Health - Office of Rural Health and Primary Care
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Dental Therapy Toolkit: A Resource for Potential Employers
A toolkit designed to provide prospective employers of dental therapists a history and understanding of the field and how to implement them into their practices in the state of Minnesota. Includes regulations and scope of practice details, education and training requirements, and examples of successful dental therapy models, among other topics.
Date: 02/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Minnesota Department of Health - Office of Rural Health and Primary Care
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A Community Partnership to Respond to the Heroin and Opioid Abuse Epidemic
Discusses the community response to heroin and opioid abuse in rural Carlton County, Minnesota. Details the county's collaboration with the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa and St. Louis County to form the Carlton County Drug Abuse Task Force.
Author(s): Laura C. Palombi, Joe Vargo, Laura Bennett, et al.
Location: Journal of Rural Health, 33(1), 110-113
Date: 01/2017
Type: Document
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2017 Minnesota Statewide Health Assessment
Assessment of health for the people of Minnesota. Includes rural specific information on race/ethnicity, access to oral care, income, transportation, public water sources, food access, and healthcare. Includes maps of population changes since 1990 and health provider shortage areas by county.
Date: 2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Minnesota Department of Health
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A Profile of Youth Poverty and Opportunity in Southwestern Minnesota
A study of the rates and impacts of youth poverty in rural Southwest Minnesota compared to other regions in the state. Includes data and statistics on income changes, educational opportunities, English as a second language in the communities, exposure to risk factors such as substance abuse and mental health, and county-by-county data on percent of children in poverty.
Date: 2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Carsey School of Public Policy
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Minnesota’s Licensed Practical Nurse Workforce, 2013-2014
Summary of the 2013-2014 LPN Workforce Survey for the state of Minnesota. Includes data and statistics for demographics, employment rates and future plans, and geographic distribution in rural versus urban areas.
Date: 12/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Minnesota Department of Health - Office of Rural Health and Primary Care
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Community Paramedic Toolkit
A resource for ambulance services, hospitals, and others considering the development or expansion of a community paramedicine program in Minnesota. Includes program planning, education and training, financing, and models of care, among other discussions.
Date: 12/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Minnesota Department of Health - Office of Rural Health and Primary Care
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Selected Rural Healthcare Facilities in Minnesota
Shows the state’s Critical Access Hospitals and Rural Health Clinics, as well as rural Federally Qualified Health Centers and Skilled Nursing Facilities.
Date: 12/2016
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Minnesota’s Respiratory Therapist Workforce, 2016
A summary of the 2016 Respiratory Therapist Workforce Survey for the state of Minnesota. Includes data and statistics for demographics, current employment status and future plans, work setting, and geographical distribution by region. Also includes urban-rural distribution information.
Date: 10/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Minnesota Department of Health - Office of Rural Health and Primary Care
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Child Care Deserts
A report analyzing child care centers by zip code in eight states, with a specific focus on how limited or complete lack of access disproportionately affects rural areas. Includes a discussion of what constitutes a child care desert and what may prevent families from finding needed care, such as prohibitive cost based on income ratio.
Date: 10/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for American Progress
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Minnesota’s Dentists Workforce, 2014-2015
A summary of the 2014-2015 Dentists Workforce Survey for the state of Minnesota. Includes data and statistics for demographics, current employment status and future plans, work setting, and geographical distribution by region. Also includes urban-rural distribution information.
Date: 09/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Minnesota Department of Health - Office of Rural Health and Primary Care
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Minnesota’s Registered Nurse Workforce 2013-2014
A summary of the 2013-2014 Registered Nurse (RN) Workforce Survey for the state of Minnesota. Includes data and statistics for demographics, current employment status and future plans, work setting, and geographical distribution by region. Also includes urban-rural distribution information.
Date: 09/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Minnesota Department of Health - Office of Rural Health and Primary Care
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Minnesota’s Marriage & Family Therapist (MFT) Workforce, 2015
Provides statistics and data on marriage and family therapists licensed in Minnesota, such as age, gender, sex, hours worked, future plans, distribution by region and across rural and urban regions.
Date: 08/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Minnesota Department of Health - Office of Rural Health and Primary Care
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Minnesota’s Physical Therapist Assistant Workforce: 2015
A summary of the 2015 Physical Therapist Assistant Workforce Survey for the state of Minnesota. Includes data and statistics for demographics, current employment status and future plans, work setting, and geographical distribution by region. Also includes urban-rural distribution information.
Date: 06/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Minnesota Department of Health - Office of Rural Health and Primary Care
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Community Health Worker (CHW) Toolkit: A Guide for Employers
A toolkit designed to provide prospective employers of community health workers (CHW) a history and understanding of the field and how to implement them into their practices in the state of Minnesota. Includes education and training requirements, a discussion of the roles of the CHW, and examples of successful community health worker models, among other topics.
Date: 2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Minnesota Department of Health - Office of Rural Health and Primary Care
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State of Rural Minnesota Report: 2015
Maps that provide data about population age, race, median household income, average earnings and workforce in areas of major employment (farming, retail), public assistance use, and native language for the state of Minnesota. Includes county by county data and statistics.
Date: 2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Rural Policy and Development (Minnesota)
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CHW Toolkit: Summary of Regulatory and Payment Processes
Reviews the payment and regulatory processes for Community Health Workers (CHWs) with a focus on Minnesota State laws, regulations and administrative policies, and includes discussion on relevant federal law and changes authorized by the Affordable Care Act. Provides guidance on navigating the payment processes for Medicaid reimbursement and other Minnesota healthcare programs administered by the Minnesota Department of Human Services for services provided by a CHW.
Date: 2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Minnesota Department of Health - Office of Rural Health and Primary Care
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Identifying High-Risk Neighborhoods Using Electronic Medical Records: A Population-Based Approach for Targeting Diabetes Prevention and Treatment Interventions
Reports findings from a study examining how electronic medical records (EMRs) can be used to address chronic health conditions, specifically diabetes. Discusses how EMRs can be used to identify at-risk neighborhoods for community-based interventions. The study focused on two urban counties and one rural county in Minnesota.
Author(s): Rose Gabert, Blake Thomson, Emmanuela Gakidou, Gregory Roth
Location: PLOS ONE, 11(7)
Date: 2016
Type: Document
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ACO Investment Model, Rural Hospital Collaboration
Describes the implementation of the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services' Accountable Care Organization Investment Model (AIM) among three rural Minnesota healthcare systems. The AIM model was designed to encourage health systems in rural and underserved areas to participate in the CMS Shared Savings Program by providing upfront and ongoing payments to support infrastructure and the redesign of care processes.
Date: 2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: American Hospital Association Section for Small or Rural Hospitals
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RHAC Brief: Nurse Practitioners in Rural Minnesota - Results of an Employer Survey
Summarizes the results of a survey conducted by the Minnesota Rural Health Advisory Committee (RHAC) of the state’s Rural Health Clinics and Critical Access Hospitals to learn more about the rural nurse practitioner (NP) workforce. Describes NP use by department and discusses recruitment and retention challenges.
Date: 08/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Minnesota Department of Health - Office of Rural Health and Primary Care
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Stepping Up to the Challenge: Keeping Rural Communities Healthy
Identifies the most pressing challenges of the Minnesota rural healthcare system, current actions or innovations happening to address those challenges, and opportunities for public policy solutions.
Date: 06/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Office of the U.S. Senator Al Franken (MN)
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Disparities Persist in Nutrition Policies and Practices in Minnesota Secondary Schools
Examines school nutrition policies and practices by school characteristics in Minnesota secondary schools between 2008 and 2012. Compares school nutrition policies by rural versus urban/suburban location and across three main areas: the availability of low-nutrient, energy dense (LNED) items, strategies to engage students in healthy eating, and restrictions on advertising LNED products around the school.
Author(s): Caitlin Eicher Caspi, Cynthia Davey, Toben F. Nelson, Nicole Larson, Martha Y. Kubik, et al.
Location: Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 115(3), 419–425
Date: 03/2015
Type: Document
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Task Force on Foreign-Trained Physicians: Report to the Minnesota Legislature 2015
Reports on the findings of a state task force identifying foreign-trained physicians living in Minnesota who may be interested in practicing medicine or other healthcare careers in rural and underserved areas of the state. Also, identifies barriers to practice faced by immigrant physicians, options for practicing in other health related careers, and financing to help integrate immigrant physicians into the state workforce as a physician or other healthcare provider. Concludes with recommendations that support the integration of immigrant physicians into the healthcare field.
Date: 01/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Minnesota Department of Health - Office of Rural Health and Primary Care
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Overview of Minnesota’s Physician Workforce, 2013-2014
Provides 2014 data on the total licensed physician population in Minnesota by RUCA code. Also, provides demographic and workforce data from a survey of licensed Minnesota physicians in 2013.
Date: 01/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Minnesota Department of Health - Office of Rural Health and Primary Care
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2015 Community Benefit Report - Minnesota's Hospitals: Supporting Physical and Mental Health
Identifies the variety of contributions hospitals make to their communities in Minnesota. Includes descriptions of successful programs in rural areas.
Date: 2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Minnesota Hospital Association
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Grocery Stores By the Numbers
A fact sheet identifying the reasons and implications regarding grocery store closures in rural Minnesota and potential strategies for accessing fresh food in rural areas.
Date: 2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Rural Policy and Development (Minnesota)
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Using PhenX Toolkit Measures and Other Tools to Assess Urban/Rural Differences in Health Behaviors: Recruitment Methods and Outcomes
Describes the recruitment approaches used in a health behaviors study that sought participants from urban and rural locations in Minnesota and North Dakota. Reports on the response by gender for three separate recruitment mailings. Offers suggestions for cost-effective recruitment strategies to ensure an adequate number of participants.
Author(s): Michael M Hitz, Pat G Conway, Jeanette A Palcher, Catherine A McCarty
Location: BMC Research Notes, 7, 847
Date: 11/2014
Type: Document
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Facilitators of Health Systems Change for Tobacco Dependence Treatment: A Qualitative Study of Stakeholders' Perceptions
An evaluation of tobacco treatment programs in rural and urban health systems in Minnesota that demonstrates they can implement extensive changes in a short time period to enhance the treatment of tobacco dependence. Emphasizes the use of electronic health records and healthcare quality measures to improve the healthcare environment for tobacco dependence.
Author(s): Amanda L Jansen, Traci R Capesius, Randi Lachter, et al.
Location: BMC Health Services Research, 14, 575
Date: 11/2014
Type: Document
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Successful Health Insurance Outreach, Education, and Enrollment Strategies for Rural Hospitals
Shares best practices for hospitals to use in health insurance outreach and enrollment efforts based on interviews with administrators, staff, and community representatives at eleven small rural hospitals. Also discusses certified application counselors, who help individuals enroll in health insurance, and the importance of using collaborative community partnerships to conduct insurance enrollment outreach and education.
Author(s): Walter Gregg, Alex Evenson, Adeniyi Togun
Date: 11/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center
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An Interview with John Halfen, MD
Halfen, the Medical Director of Lakewood Health System in Staples, Minnesota, discusses the challenges of transitioning to a patient centered medical home model.
Author(s): Beth Blevins
Location: Rural Monitor, 2014(Summer)
Date: 08/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Community Clinic Grant Program, 2014
A report prepared for the Minnesota Legislature on the needs of community clinics including those in rural areas, and provides recommendations for adding or changing eligible activities under the Community Clinic Grant Program.
Date: 06/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Minnesota Department of Health - Office of Rural Health and Primary Care
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Swing Bed Usage and Access to Post-Acute Care in Rural Minnesota
An updated look at swing bed utilization and nursing home Medicare days, extending the previous analysis “Swing Bed Usage and Access to Post Acute Care in Rural Minnesota: Report to the Minnesota Legislature 2007” through the most recent available fiscal data.
Date: 06/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Minnesota Department of Health - Office of Rural Health and Primary Care
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2013 Update Brief on the EMSRB 2007 Behavioral Health Report: Improving Response to Mental and Behavioral Health Emergencies
Identifies the progress made since the Emergency Medical Services Regulatory Board (EMSRB) 2007 Behavioral Health Report was created. Discusses the developments of Community Behavioral Health Hospitals (CBHHs) and Intensive Residential Treatment Services (IRTs), and the impact on rural mental and behavioral health providers.
Date: 04/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Minnesota Department of Health - Office of Rural Health and Primary Care
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Minnesota’s Dental Therapist Workforce, 2013
Fact sheet provides demographics, education, location and future plans of dental therapists licensed in Minnesota and is based on a survey of the dental therapists licensed as of August 2013.
Date: 03/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Minnesota Department of Health - Office of Rural Health and Primary Care
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Early Impacts of Dental Therapists in Minnesota
Evaluates the impact of dental therapists on the delivery of and access to dental services in urban, suburban, and rural areas of Minnesota.
Date: 02/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Minnesota Department of Health - Office of Rural Health and Primary Care
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Advancing Health Equity in Minnesota: Report to the Legislature
A legislative report calling for the state to directly address health inequities so that all Minnesotans have the opportunity to be healthy regardless of race, place, or income.
Date: 02/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Minnesota Department of Health
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Rural-Urban Commuting Areas - Minnesota
Identifies a county-level data in Minnesota by one of the four Rural-Urban Commuting Areas (RUCA) categories: urban, large rural, small rural, and isolated.
Date: 01/2014
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Minnesota Department of Health - Office of Rural Health and Primary Care
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2014 Trauma Registry Report
Summary of trauma cases in the state of Minnesota in 2014. Includes information about type of trauma, geographic distance to care, transfer times for emergency services, and length of patient stay. Data for rural trauma cases and facilities provided.
Date: 2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Minnesota Department of Health, Statewide Trauma System
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Case Studies of Regional Extension Centers Serving Rural Practices: Minnesota and North Dakota
Presents a case study focusing on the HIT Regional Extension Center (REC) serving North Dakota and Minnesota (the Regional Extension Assistance Center for HIT, or REACH) and its experience working with rural physician practices in the two states.
Author(s): Michelle Casey, Ira Moscovice, Alex McEllistrem-Evenson
Date: 11/2013
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center
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Obstetric Services in Rural Minnesota
Discusses data from a 2011 environmental scan of rural health issues in Minnesota completed by the Rural Health Advisory Committee (RHAC). Identifies rural obstetrics as a concern for rural consumers and health providers.
Date: 11/2013
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Minnesota Department of Health - Office of Rural Health and Primary Care
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Minnesota's Primary Care Workforce, 2011-2012
Describes the existing primary care workforce in Minnesota as of 2011-2012. Analysis is based on information the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) collects, in cooperation with the Minnesota Board of Medical Practice (BMP) and the Minnesota Board of Nursing (BON). Includes data on the number of primary care clinicians currently practicing and clinician distribution by geography, age, gender, race/ethnicity, and future plans to practice.
Date: 09/2013
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Minnesota Department of Health - Office of Rural Health and Primary Care
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Suicide in Minnesota - 2011 Data Brief
Highlights suicide data collected from death certificates in 2011 among Minnesota residents. Includes data on suicide rates by rural versus urban, gender, age, and county.
Author(s): M. Heinen, J. Roesler, A. Gaichas, M. Kinde
Date: 09/2013
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Minnesota Department of Health
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Minnesota's Psychiatrist Workforce, 2012
Provides information on the demographics, education, practice locations and specialties of psychiatrists licensed in Minnesota.
Date: 07/2013
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Minnesota Department of Health - Office of Rural Health and Primary Care
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Economic Viability of Dental Therapists
Describes procedures that dental health aide therapists (DHAT), dental therapists (DT), and advanced dental therapists (ADT) can perform and their economic viability within the dental team. Results are based on mid-level dental health providers in rural and urban Alaska and Minnesota.
Author(s): Frances Kim
Date: 05/2013
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Community Catalyst
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Minnesota e-Health Brief: Rural Providers
Summarizes the adoption and use of electronic health record (EHR) systems and health information exchange (HIE) in ambulatory clinics, hospitals, nursing homes and local public health agencies of rural Minnesota.
Date: 05/2013
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Minnesota Department of Health
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Care Management for Medicaid Enrollees Through Community Health Teams
Presents data from a 2011–2012 review of state Medicaid medical home programs in eight states. Identifies community health team programs including FQHCs and RHCs that provide an array of services, including care coordination to self-management coaching. Includes small or rural practices.
Author(s): Mary Takach, Jason Buxbaum
Date: 05/2013
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Commonwealth Fund
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Minnesota’s Physician Assistant Workforce 2011
Provides information on demographics, education, career and future plans of physician assistants (PAs) in Minnesota.
Date: 04/2013
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Minnesota Department of Health - Office of Rural Health and Primary Care
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Rural Hospital System Growth and Consolidation
A discussion of the benefits and challenges that rural hospital administrators in Minnesota must consider in order to remain independent or become part of a larger regional healthcare system. Includes data regarding recent trends in the state, CAH ownership, effects on recruitment and retention, and sustainability, among others.
Date: 01/2013
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Minnesota Department of Health - Office of Rural Health and Primary Care
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Geographic Distribution of Minnesota Physicians, by Specialty
A survey of board-certified physicians across the state, with focus on areas of specialty. Intended to highlight workforce balance, with particular emphasis on primary care physicians. Includes data on urban-rural and regional distribution of specialties.
Date: 01/2013
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Minnesota Department of Health - Office of Rural Health and Primary Care
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Promoting Community Health Workers to Reduce Health Disparities in Minnesota
Discusses impacts and outcomes from a program for community health worker (CHW) education in Minnesota. Summarizes past projects relating to CHWs, program results and lessons learned.
Author(s): Robert Crum
Date: 12/2012
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
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Roadmap to a Healthier Minnesota
Includes policy strategies for creating more patient-centered coordinated care, changing payment structures to incentivize keeping people healthy, engaging communities, both rural and urban, in designing healthier environments and encouraging increased personal responsibility in health and health care.
Date: 12/2012
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Minnesota Department of Human Services
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Alliance Creates Community Health Workers’ Scope of Practice, Training Curriculum, Certificate Program, and Reimbursement Strategy, Expanding Their Integration Into the Health System to Reduce Health Disparities
Discusses how the Minnesota Community Health Worker Alliance (a broad-based, statewide consortium of community health workers, public agencies, and nonprofits) prioritizes building the community health worker field as a key strategy for addressing health disparities in the state.
Date: 09/2012
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
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Economic Contribution of Telecommunication Companies Serving Greater Minnesota: A Report of the Economic Impact Analysis Program University of Minnesota Extension
Focuses on the economic contribution of telecommunication companies with customers in Greater Minnesota. Survey results were used to calculate the economic contribution of the industry to sales and employment including health and human services.
Author(s): Brigid Tuck, Bruce Schwartau, Ryan Pesch
Date: 02/2012
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of Minnesota Extension
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The Rural Hospital Governance Workbook
Includes resources on hospital board composition, board roles and responsibilities, board accountability and board compliance.
Date: 2012
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Grand Itasca Clinic & Hospital
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2012 Minnesota Internet Survey: Digital Divide 2.0 and beyond
Survey assessed access to high-speed Internet service in both rural and urban Minnesota. Includes a discussion of the trends, costs, time spent online, and reasons for not having Internet access at home.
Additional links: Data Collection Methodology Report
Date: 2012
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Rural Policy and Development (Minnesota)
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Midwest Retention Toolkit
Provides tools to assist National Health Service Corps (NHSC) sites with the retention of healthcare providers. Includes worksheets, sample surveys, and model retention plans for use with all healthcare providers, although targeted for physicians.
Date: 2012
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Recruitment & Retention Network
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e-Emergency Services Bring Specialists to Rural Patients with the Push of a Button
More and more specialists are available to small hospitals via telemedicine, benefiting patients—and doctors. Highlights Avera eEmergency Services, a hospital-based telemedicine emergency support service available in South Dakota, Iowa, Minnesota, and North Dakota.
Author(s): Candi Helseth
Location: Rural Monitor, 2011(Summer)
Date: 08/2011
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Minnesota Rural Palliative Care Initiative: Final Report
Describes the Minnesota Rural Palliative Care Initiative (MRPCI), which assisted ten communities establish or strengthen palliative care services in rural Minnesota.
Author(s): Janelle Shearer, Karla Weng, Lyn Ceronsky, et al.
Date: 06/2011
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Stratis Health
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Minnesota’s Advanced Practice Registered Nurses, 2010
Presents general information about the demographics, employment and career plans of advanced practice registered nurses in Minnesota.
Date: 04/2011
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Minnesota Department of Health - Office of Rural Health and Primary Care
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General Surgery in Rural Minnesota
Describes the practice of general surgery, key elements of successful models, and barriers to the availability of rural surgical services in Minnesota.
Date: 03/2011
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Minnesota Department of Health - Office of Rural Health and Primary Care
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Community Paramedics Widen Medical Services in Rural Areas
Highlights how rural communities in Colorado and Minnesota are training paramedics to also provide home care, immunizations, and other health services.
Author(s): Candi Helseth
Location: Rural Monitor, 2010(Fall)
Date: 11/2010
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Rural Health Advisory Committee’s Report on Telemental Health in Rural Minnesota
Provides an overview of the current mental health landscape in rural Minnesota and identifies the barriers and benefits of providing telehealth mental health services in rural regions of the state.
Date: 07/2010
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Minnesota Department of Health - Office of Rural Health and Primary Care
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Rural Health Care: New Delivery Model Recommendations
Captures the discussion and recommendations of Minnesota's New Rural Health Care Delivery Model Work Group, formed to examine the influence health reform legislation may have on rural health delivery, and to consider specific improvements that could be made to the system to better meet the needs of rural consumers and providers.
Date: 01/2009
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Minnesota Department of Health - Office of Rural Health and Primary Care
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Palliative Care in Rural Minnesota: Findings from Stratis Health’s Minnesota Rural Palliative Care Initiative
Describes a 6-year initiative directed by Stratis Health supporting palliative care in rural areas of Minnesota. Features a palliative care development initiative in the rural city of Mora, Minnesota, and describes the Rural Palliative Care Measurement Pilot Project testing standardized quality measures in 5 rural communities.
Author(s): Deb McKinley, Janelle Shearer, Karla Weng
Location: Minnesota Medicine, 2016
Type: Document
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Federally Qualified Health Center and Rural Health Clinics
A provider manual covering the federal requirements and state guidelines for clinical services and billing procedures specific to Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) and Rural Health Clinics (RHC) in Minnesota.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Minnesota Department of Human Services
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Rural Health Works: Health Care's Economic Impact
A tool developed to help rural communities in Minnesota assess the economic impact of health services in their communities and engage in community planning that will strengthen and preserve health services.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Minnesota Department of Health - Office of Rural Health and Primary Care
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Minnesota Compass
Provides data by county and for the state. Includes demographics, health-related statistics, and data on the social determinants of health, including housing, environmental health, and other topics.
Type: Website
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Minnesota HealthScores
Compares ratings of quality and patient experience, medical group quality and total cost, hospital quality and patient experience, and cost of services and procedures by healthcare topics in Minnesota. Provides information by clinic, city, able to search by provider name, health care purchasers, and consumers.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: MN Community Measurement
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Rural Palliative Care
Discusses rural palliative healthcare, particularly in Minnesota. Highlights the MN Rural Palliative Care Initiative.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Stratis Health
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EMS Toolkit
Includes resources developed for rural EMS organizations, which are often run by volunteers. Topics include recruitment and retention, funding and finances, and leadership and management.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Minnesota Department of Health - Office of Rural Health and Primary Care
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Atlas of Minnesota Online
Collection of digital maps that provide data for social and economic characteristics of Minnesota.
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Center for Rural Policy and Development (Minnesota)
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Minnesota e-Health Assessment Reports, Factsheets and Briefs
Details reports, fact sheets, and briefs for the Minnesota e-Health initiative, clinics, hospitals, local public health units, nursing homes, pharmacies and e-Prescribing, chiropractic offices, and clinical labs. Documents describe the adoption and use of electronic health records (EHRs), other health information technology (HIT), and health information exchange in Minnesota.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Minnesota Department of Health
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Minnesota Public Health Data Access
An electronic gateway for data about population health, including environmental health and socioeconomic factors. Includes county profiles.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Minnesota Department of Health
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Health Information Technology for Rural and Safety Net Providers
A variety of information and resources to support efforts to accelerate the adoption and use of electronic health records (EHRs) and health information technology (HIT), including applications for telehealth in Minnesota.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Minnesota Department of Health - Office of Rural Health and Primary Care
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Spoken Language Health Care Interpreter Roster
A voluntary statewide roster of spoken language health care interpreters to address access concerns for Minnesotans, particularly in rural areas.
Type: Directory
Sponsoring organization: Minnesota Department of Health
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Minnesota Health Centers Research & Data
Provides maps of FQHC locations and communities experiencing shortages of primary care physicians. Also includes information on the populations served by health centers, services provided, staff, patient visits, costs of care, and use of electronic health information.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: National Association of Community Health Centers
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Minnesota Hospital Quality Report
Features data on hospitals' use of best practices for three conditions: heart attack, heart failure and pneumonia.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Minnesota Hospital Association
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Minnesota Grant and Loan Information
Provides a complete listing of grants and loans available from the Minnesota Office of Rural Health & Primary Care
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Minnesota Department of Health - Office of Rural Health and Primary Care
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Successful Models for Rural and Underserved Communities
Intended to help rural and underserved urban communities in Minnesota share innovative approaches to delivering quality health care. Connects others so that successful projects can be replicated in other communities.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Minnesota Department of Health - Office of Rural Health and Primary Care
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ERS State Fact Sheet: Minnesota
Lists statistics on population, educational attainment, employment, income, farm characteristics, and farm financial indicators for the state.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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Minnesota KIDS COUNT Data Center (KCDC)
Provides data on child well-being for the state.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Annie E. Casey Foundation
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Minnesota QuickFacts
Basic demographic and economic statistics for the state, with links to county-level data.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Census Bureau
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Minnesota State Health Facts
Provides the latest state-level data on demographics, health, and health policy, including health coverage, access, financing, and state legislation. Individual state profiles and 50-state comparisons.
Type: Database
Sponsoring organization: Kaiser Family Foundation
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Minnesota Health Workforce Data and Reports
Provides access to Minnesota health workforce data and reports.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Minnesota Department of Health - Office of Rural Health and Primary Care
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Minnesota Office of Rural Health and Primary Care - Quarterly Newsletter & Monthly Updates
Provides reports and issue briefs, containing articles, news, and events from the Minnesota Department of Health, Office of Rural Health and Primary Care.
Type: Journal/Newsletter
Sponsoring organization: Minnesota Department of Health - Office of Rural Health and Primary Care
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Additional resources are available. See a full list of Minnesota Resources.


Last Updated: 12/11/2017