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Minnesota Resources

Hospital Community Benefit Spending in Minnesota, 2016 to 2019: A Report to the Minnesota Legislature
Reports on hospital-based and community benefits spending from 2016 to 2019 that promotes health in Minnesota. Includes geographic breakdowns of information according to isolated small rural town, small town, large rural city, and urban.
Additional links: Data Tables
Date: 03/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Minnesota Department of Health
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Weight Outcomes of NU-HOME: A Randomized Controlled Trial to Prevent Obesity among Rural Children
Reports on impacts of the NU-HOME collaborative for prevention of childhood obesity in rural children, based on data from 114 parent-child pairs in Minnesota. Explores demographic characteristics, food insecurity, and quality of meals of the participants, among other data points. Discusses the effect of family-level interventions on overweight/obesity status, body mass index (BMI), and percent body fat.
Author(s): Jayne A. Fulkerson, Melissa Horning, Daheia J. Barr-Anderson, et al.
Citation: International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 19, 29
Date: 03/2022
Type: Document
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Minnesota Community Hospital Trends, 2017 – 2020: A Data Short Take
Presents information on Minnesota hospital utilization, financials, and staffing and capacity from 2017 to 2020. Includes data broken down by facility bed size, Critical Access Hospital (CAH) or non-CAH, rural versus urban, and health system affiliation, among others.
Date: 03/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Minnesota Department of Health
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2022 Status of Women and Girls in Minnesota
Report examining economic opportunity, safety, health and wellness, and leadership equality among women and girls in Minnesota based on data from the American Community Survey, Minnesota Student Survey, and other sources. Highlights disparities in safety, access to healthy foods, and healthcare access for rural populations.
Date: 03/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Women's Foundation of Minnesota
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Interconnected - Building Understanding Between Rural and Urban
Webinar that discusses how rural and urban policy needs differ and how to build trust between rural and urban areas. Discusses how to provide solutions for geographically specific areas of Minnesota, offering examples of common ground topics like education, jobs, and healthcare.
Date: 03/2022
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organizations: Center for Rural Policy and Development, Citizens League
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Rural and Urban COVID-19 Hot Spots
Line chart showing COVID-19 cases per capita over time for selected rural and urban hot spots. Rural hot spots include Western Kansas and Oklahoma, Southern Minnesota, Central Iowa, and Central Mississippi.
Date: 03/2022
Type: Chart/Graph
Sponsoring organization: North Carolina Rural Health Research Program
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Minnesota Community Report: Healthy Rural and Urban Kids Project
Reports on biomonitoring project that looks at exposures to environmental chemicals that may harm young children in both rural and urban areas of Minnesota by testing the urine of 232 children aged 6 or under. Discusses the chemicals that were more commonly observed in rural versus urban children.
Date: 01/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Minnesota Department of Health
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Minnesota Office of Broadband Development: Annual Report
Discusses milestones reached in 2021 to increase broadband availability in Minnesota. Provides maps and statistics related to broadband coverage.
Date: 01/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development
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Partnering to Improve Health and Wellbeing via Community Based Care Coordination in Rural Minnesota
Case study featuring Winona Health, an independent, community-owned, and vertically integrated healthcare system serving rural Minnesota. Describes efforts underway to address the social determinants of health in the community through the Winona Wellbeing Collaborative. Also discusses efforts to build intercultural skill throughout the Winona Health organization.
Date: 01/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: American Hospital Association
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Distressed Minnesota Community Hospitals, 2019
Explores the characteristics of financially distressed hospitals in Minnesota. Presents data by hospital type, including Critical Access Hospital designation and rural status.
Date: 01/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Minnesota Department of Health
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Last Updated: 6/20/2022