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Hospital Community Benefit Spending in Minnesota, 2013 to 2015: A Report to the Minnesota Legislature
Examines the community benefits and program spending from 2013 to 2015 that promoted health in Minnesota communities. Discusses trends in community benefits and program spending in rural areas. Includes hospital community benefit information by hospital characteristics including rurality.
Additional links: Data Tables
Date: 08/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Minnesota Department of Health
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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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Dental Therapy in Minnesota
Reports on the dental therapist workforce in Minnesota. Includes information on education, certification, licensure, and practice. Covers discussion on the financial viability of dental practices employing dental therapists and how dental therapists can increase access to oral care in rural areas.
Date: 06/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Minnesota Department of Health
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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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Cross-Jurisdictional Sharing Implementation and Impact Measurement Program: Final Report
Describes effectiveness and efficiency of four projects in Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, and Wisconsin that had implemented a cross-jurisdictional sharing arrangement to deliver public health services. Project sites include some rural areas.
Date: 04/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Sharing Public Health Services
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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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Selected Rural Healthcare Facilities in Minnesota
Shows the state’s Critical Access Hospitals and Rural Health Clinics, as well as Federally Qualified Health Centers located outside of urbanized areas.
Date: 04/2018
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Oral Health Workforce: Trends & Pipeline Incentives
Provides information on the oral health workforce and access to oral healthcare in Minnesota. Discusses dental Health Profession Shortage Areas (HPSAs) and covers a dentist to population ratio by rurality. Describes oral health trends in Minnesota.
Author(s): Nitika Moibi, Deb Jahnke
Date: 03/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Minnesota Department of Health - Office of Rural Health and Primary Care
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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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Minnesota Health Professional Shortage Areas, Dental HPSA Designations
Shows full or partially counties designated as Dental Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) in Minnesota.
Date: 01/2018
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Minnesota Department of Health - Office of Rural Health and Primary Care
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Leading a Faith-Based Charge Against Opioid Abuse: How a Minnesota Rural Health Organization Became a National Leader
Describes prescription drug abuse treatment efforts of CHI St. Gabriel's Health, a multifacility rural health organization in Little Falls, Minnesota.
Author(s): Patrick Rioux
Citation: Health Progress, 99(2), 29-32
Date: 2018
Type: Document
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MHA Issue Brief: The Financial Health of Minnesota Hospitals and Health Systems in Fiscal Year 2016
Reports on fiscal year 2016 financials for Minnesota hospitals and health systems. Includes information on 108 rural hospitals, 77 of which are Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs), and population characteristics rural hospitals serve.
Date: 12/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Minnesota Hospital Association
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Minnesota Overview of the Physician Workforce 2017
Analyzes 2017 data to describe the licensed physician population in Minnesota. Describes licensed physicians by rural-urban commuting area (RUCA) codes. Covers statistics by medical specialty, continuing education and training, and physician demographics.
Date: 10/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Minnesota Department of Health - Office of Rural Health and Primary Care
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Evaluation of the Minnesota Accountable Health Model
Describes the final results of the Minnesota's State Innovation Model (SIM) initiative evaluation sponsored by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS). Includes information on SIM investments in rural counties, considerations to strengthen and support infrastructure to advance Integrated Health Partnerships in rural areas, and engagement strategies to include rural clinics and providers in Health Care Home care coordination cost study.
Author(s): Donna Spencer, Christina Worrall, Emily Zylla, et al.
Date: 09/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: State Health Access Data Assistance Center
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Minnesota’s Dental Therapist Workforce, 2016
Reports the results from the 2016 dental therapist survey in Minnesota. Provides data on demographics; education; employment, hours, and future plans; and geographic distribution of dental therapists.
Date: 07/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Minnesota Department of Health - Office of Rural Health and Primary Care
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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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Minnesota’s Physical Therapist Workforce, 2016
Summarizes the 2016 Physical Therapist Workforce Survey for the state of Minnesota. Provides data and statistics on demographics; current employment status and future plans; work setting; and geographical distribution by region. Includes rural versus urban physical therapist distribution information.
Date: 06/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Minnesota Department of Health - Office of Rural Health and Primary Care
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Minnesota’s Licensed Practical Nurse Workforce, 2015-2016
Presents a summary of the 2015-2016 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: 06/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Minnesota Department of Health - Office of Rural Health and Primary Care
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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
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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.
Citation: 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
Provides 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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Minnesota’s Physician Assistant Workforce, 2016
Provides an overview of Minnesota's physician assistant (PA) workforce using data from the 2016 PA survey. Discusses demographic information, education, employment, and the distribution of PAs across rural and urban Minnesota.
Date: 01/2017
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.
Citation: Journal of Rural Health, 33(1), 110-113
Date: 01/2017
Type: Document
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Minnesota’s Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT) Workforce, 2017
Summarizes the licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT) Workforce in Minnesota in 2017. Covers demographic statistics, employment information, and the distribution of LMFTs in urban, large rural, small rural and isolated areas in Minnesota.
Date: 2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Minnesota Department of Health - Office of Rural Health and Primary Care
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Minnesota Health Care Professions by County Data, 2017
Provides county-level data for various healthcare professionals in Minnesota. Covers information on alcohol and drug counselors, registered nurses, advance practice registered nurses, physical therapists and assistants, physicians, psychologists, dentists and assistants, dental hygienists, and more.
Date: 2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Minnesota Department of Health - Office of Rural Health and Primary Care
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Minnesota’s Registered Nurse Workforce 2015-2016
Presents a summary of the 2015-2016 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. Includes urban-rural distribution information.
Date: 2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Minnesota Department of Health - Office of Rural Health and Primary Care
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Snapshot of Health in Rural Minnesota, 2017
Describes health status indicators for Minnesotans to show health trends in rural Minnesota. Indicators include demographics, social determinants of health, access to quality healthcare, health conditions, nutrition, mortality, and rural healthcare workforce.
Date: 2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Minnesota Department of Health - Office of Rural Health and Primary Care
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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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Community Paramedic Toolkit
Toolkit 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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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
Analyzes 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
Provides 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. Includes information on the urban-rural distribution of dentists.
Date: 09/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Minnesota Department of Health - Office of Rural Health and Primary Care
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Minnesota’s Psychology Workforce, 2016
Summarizes the psychology workforce in Minnesota in 2016. Covers demographic statistics, employment information, and the distribution of the psychology workforce in urban, large rural, small rural and isolated areas in Minnesota.
Date: 08/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Minnesota Department of Health - Office of Rural Health and Primary Care
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Minnesota’s Mental Health Counselor Workforce, 2014-2016
Summarizes the mental health counselor workforce in Minnesota from 2014 to 2016. Covers demographic statistics, employment information, and the distribution of mental health counselors in urban, large rural, small rural and isolated areas in Minnesota.
Date: 08/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Minnesota Department of Health - Office of Rural Health and Primary Care
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Minnesota’s Alcohol and Drug Counselor Workforce, 2014-2016
Summarizes the alcohol and drug counselor workforce in Minnesota from 2014 to 2016. Covers demographic statistics, employment information, and the distribution of alcohol and drug counselors in urban, large rural, small rural and isolated areas in Minnesota.
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
Summarizes the 2015 Physical Therapist Assistant Workforce Survey for the state of Minnesota. Provides data and statistics on demographics; current employment status and future plans; work setting; and geographical distribution by region. Includes rural versus urban physical therapist assistant distribution information.
Date: 06/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Minnesota Department of Health - Office of Rural Health and Primary Care
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Rural Reality: City Transit, Rural Transit
A discussion of rural versus urban transit use in Minnesota, with particular focus on transit dependent populations and policy issues. Includes a fact sheet with county-by-county breakdown.
Date: 01/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Rural Policy and Development
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Minnesota Rational Service Areas - Mental Health, Geographic HPSA Designations
Shows regions as geographically designated Mental Health Professional Shortage Designations (HPSAs) in Minnesota.
Date: 2016
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Minnesota Department of Health - Office of Rural Health and Primary Care
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Minnesota Health Professional Shortage Areas, Primary Care
Shows full or partially counties designated as Primary Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) in Minnesota.
Date: 2016
Type: Map/Mapping System
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
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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
Citation: PLOS ONE, 11(7)
Date: 2016
Type: Document
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ACO Investment Model, Rural Hospital Collaboration
Highlights how three rural Minnesota hospitals implemented the Accountable Care Organization Investment Model (AIM), which encourages coordinated care in rural areas through upfront and ongoing Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) payments.
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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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, et al.
Citation: Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 115(3), 419–425
Date: 03/2015
Type: Document
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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
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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.
Citation: BMC Health Services Research, 14, 575
Date: 11/2014
Type: Document
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An Interview with John Halfen, MD
An interview with John Halfen, the medical director of Lakewood Health System in Staples, Minnesota, who discusses the challenges of transitioning to a patient centered medical home model.
Author(s): Beth Blevins
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 08/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Community Clinic Grant Program, 2014
Report prepared for the Minnesota Legislature on the needs of community clinics, including those in rural areas. 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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Early Impacts of Dental Therapists in Minnesota
Evaluates the impact of dental therapists on the delivery of and access to oral health services in Minnesota. Includes a rural and urban comparison on the effects of dental therapists on patient wait times and distances traveled for dental appointments.
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
Summarizes methods and findings used to identify sources of long-standing health disparities in Minnesota. Discusses populations experiencing health inequities and provides data of health disparities and inequities. Covers policy recommendations to address health disparities and inequities in Minnesota.
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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Minnesota’s Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Workforce, 2014
Provides an overview of the advanced practice registered nurse workforce in Minnesota. Covers workforce statistics on demographics, employment, and geographic distribution, including urban and rural areas.
Date: 2014
Type: Document
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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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 demographics, education, practice locations, and specialties of psychiatrists licensed in Minnesota in 2012.
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 in rural Minnesota.
Author(s): Karen Soderberg
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 to 2012 review of state Medicaid medical home programs in eight states. Identifies community health team programs, including Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) and Rural Health Clinics (RHCs), that provide an array of services, such as care coordination to self-management coaching. Includes information on small or rural practices.
Author(s): Mary Takach, Jason Buxbaum
Date: 05/2013
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Commonwealth Fund
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Rural Hospital System Growth and Consolidation
Presents information on rural hospital system affiliation and its effect on hospitals in rural Minnesota. Discusses the benefits and challenges rural hospital administrators encounter when deciding to remain as an independent hospital or when becoming part of a larger regional healthcare system. Provides statistics on hospital affiliation trends, ownership, effects on recruitment and retention, and sustainability.
Date: 01/2013
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Minnesota Department of Health - Office of Rural Health and Primary Care
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The Geographic Distribution of Minnesota Physicians, by Specialty
Provides data and statistics on board-certified physicians across Minnesota, with a focus on areas of specialty. Includes data on urban, rural, and regional distribution of specialties to analyze the physician workforce distribution.
Date: 01/2013
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: 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 of a community health worker (CHW) education program 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 patient-centered coordinated care, changing payment structures to incentivize keeping people healthy, engaging rural and urban communities in designing healthier environments, and encouraging increased personal responsibility in health and healthcare.
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
Provides an overview of the Minnesota Community Health Worker Alliance, a statewide consortium of community health workers, public agencies, and nonprofits. Discusses priorities to build 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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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
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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
Citation: Rural Monitor
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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General Surgery in Rural Minnesota
Provides an overview of general surgery in rural Minnesota. Covers successful rural general surgery models, barriers to rural surgical services, and rural surgeon demographic information. Includes recommendations to address and improve rural general surgery issues.
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
Citation: 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. Identifies the barriers and benefits related to 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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Minnesota Trauma System Performance Improvement Plan
Describes the processes and activities required to measure, monitor, evaluate, and improve trauma care and outcomes for those involved with Minnesota trauma system including emergency medical services (EMS) agencies, trauma centers, and trauma regions, and others. Discusses ways to meet the needs of the trauma system in rural areas.
Date: 06/2009
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
Citation: 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 (FQHCs) and Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) in Minnesota.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Minnesota Department of Human Services
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Minnesota Compass
Provides data for the state, regions, counties, and large cities. Covers demographics, health-related indicators, and data on the social determinants of health, including housing, environmental health, and more.
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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Pioneers in 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, such as housing, health, education, infrastructure, and more.
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Center for Rural Policy and Development
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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 Portal
Lists comprehensive, integrated population health and environmental data sets for the state of Minnesota on a variety of topics, including air quality, diabetes, health insurance, oral health, smoking, and more. Data sets are searchable by category and available at the county-level.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Minnesota Department of Health
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Interpreter Roster: Spoken Language, Health Care
Includes a voluntary statewide roster of spoken language healthcare interpreters to address access concerns for Minnesotans, particularly in rural areas. The roster can be searched by language and geographic area.
Type: Directory
Sponsoring organization: Minnesota Department of Health
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Minnesota Health Centers: Data and Maps
Provides maps of Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) locations and communities experiencing shortages of primary care physicians. Also includes information on the populations served by health centers, services provided, staff, and patient visits.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: National Association of Community Health Centers
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Minnesota Hospital Quality Report
Provides data on quality of care and patient experiences at Minnesota hospitals. Includes information on how hospitals perform on specific health topics, including childbirth, heart attack, hip and knee replacement, and more. Allows users to compare hospitals on overall performance and for specific health topics.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organizations: Minnesota Hospital Association, Stratis Health
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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 and Primary Care and the anticipated due date for each opportunity.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Minnesota Department of Health - Office of Rural Health and Primary Care
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ERS State Fact Sheet: Minnesota
State-level data on population, poverty, food security, educational attainment, employment, and income. Includes data for rural areas, urban areas, and the state as a whole.
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. Covers demographics, economic well-being, education, family and community, health, and safety and risky behaviors. Some data available by county.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Annie E. Casey Foundation
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Minnesota QuickFacts
State-level data on demographics, housing, income, and other social determinants of health, with the option to add data for counties and cities and towns with a population of 5,000 or more. Includes information from multiple U.S. Census Bureau censuses, surveys, and programs.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Census Bureau
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Minnesota State Health Facts
State-level data on demographics, health status, healthcare costs and access, healthcare providers, and more.
Type: Database
Sponsoring organization: Kaiser Family Foundation
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Minnesota Health Care Workforce Data and Analysis
Provides access to data and reports for Minnesota's healthcare workforce. Includes information on a wide range of healthcare providers and a data tool to access licensed profession data sets.
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 & Monthly Newsletters
Provides articles, news, funding opportunities, 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: 10/11/2018