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 20, 2014, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
    ACMC/Swift County Benson Hospital
    Conference Room
    1810 McKinney Avenue
    Benson, Minnesota

  • October 21, 2014, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
    Fitness Depot Wellness Center
    Conference Room
    600 Union Street (Across from Sanford-Tracy Emergency Room Entrance)
    Tracy, Minnesota

Register online to attend.

Rural Health Community Forum flyer (PDF:1pg/46KB)

Past forums

  • October 28, 2013
    Little Falls, Minnesota

  • October 29, 2013
    Breckenridge, Minnesota

  • August 22, 2013
    St. Peter, Minnesota

  • April 16, 2012
    Park Rapids, Minnesota

  • April 17, 2012
    Thief River Falls, Minnesota

  • September 11, 2012
    Ely, Minnesota
  • September 12, 2012
    Deer River, Minnesota
  • September 13, 2012
    Aitkin, Minnesota


Updated Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at 02:45PM