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 28, 2013, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
    St. Gabriel's Hospital
    Francisan Room
    815 SE 2nd Street
    Little Falls, Minnesota

  • October 29, 2013, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
    St. Francis Healthcare Campus
    Clare and Francis Room
    2400 St. Francis Drive
    Breckenridge, Minnesota

    Register online for one of these forums.
    Registration deadline: October 21, 2013.
    Rural Health Community Forum flyer (PDF:1pg/46KB)

Past forums

  • August 22, 2013
    River's Edge Hospital and Clinic
    St. Peter, Minnesota

  • 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
    Ely, Minnesota
  • September 12, 2012
    Deer River HealthCare Center
    Deer River, Minnesota
  • September 13, 2012
    40 Club Inn and Convention Center
    Aitkin, Minnesota


Updated Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at 10:04AM