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) is sponsoring 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.
- April 16, 2012
St. Joseph’s Area Health Services
Park Rapids, Minnesota
- April 17, 2012
Sanford Thief River Falls Medical Center
Thief River Falls, Minnesota
- September 11, 2012
Ely-Bloomenson Community Hospital
- September 12, 2012
Deer River HealthCare Center
Deer River, Minnesota
- September 13, 2012
40 Club Inn and Convention Center