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Rural Health Community Forums

Assessing Needs, Generating Ideas, Seeking Opportunities

The Minnesota Department of Health periodically holds regional community forums throughout the state to gather information and make recommendations regarding rural health care in Minnesota. Community input helps guide Minnesota health care development activities and shapes state and national health care access policies.

The Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Program (Flex Program) in the Office of Rural Health and Primary Care (ORHPC) sponsors these forums. The Flex Program supports rural communities in preserving access to primary and emergency health care services. The Flex Program focuses on five key components: 1) enhancing emergency medical services, 2) improving quality of care, 3) supporting Critical Access Hospitals (CAHS), 4) developing rural health networks and 5) promoting community development.

Interested citizens, hospital administrators and staff, rural emergency medical services personnel, rural health care providers, and community organizers and leaders are encouraged to participate. For more information, contact Judy Bergh at 651-201-3843 or

Upcoming forums

  • October 12, 2015, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
    F&M Community Bank
    100 St. Anthony Street North
    Preston, Minnesota

  • October 13, 2015, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
    National Eagle Center
    50 Pembroke Avenue
    Wabasha, MN 55981

Register online to attend.

Rural Health Community Forum flyer (PDF)


Updated Monday, October 12, 2015 at 10:06AM