Minnesota's Urban Health Care Safety Net
Providing primary care to uninsured and underinsured Minnesotans
The Minnesota Office of Rural Health and Primary Care is Minnesota's federally designated primary care office with the responsibility of administering specific state and federal resources to develop and preserve access to health care.
Minnesota communities vary greatly based on geography and socioeconomic factors, but the basic health care need is essentially the same: access to and availability of quality health care. An in-depth article is in the Minnesota Office of Rural Health and Primary Care Summer 2007 Quarterly publication.
The safety net of community health centers, local health departments and public hospitals provide health care access to medically underserved urban populations. We support the effort to develop and preserve access through:
- Community Clinic Grants
- Indian Health Grants
- Federally Qualified Health Center Subsidy Grants
- Additional grants and loans may be available through the Minnesota Department of Health.
- On-site consultation, information and training including reimbursements, accounts receivable management, administration, revenue and business planning, information systems and contracting
- Workforce support through loan repayment programs
- Review of Minnesota health care facility applications and support of J-1 visa waivers to the federal government, which permit internationally trained physicians to work in medically underserved areas in Minnesota.
- Technical assistance to sites, data collection, preparation and submission of applications for federal shortage area designation.
Additional information (non-MDH links)
- Children's Defense Fund Minnesota
- Minnesota Association of Community Health Centers
- Minnesota Department of Human Services
- Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry-Safe Patient Grant Program
- Neighborhood Health Care Network is a shared management services organization that supports community health clinics in serving economically and ethnically diverse populations in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area