MARCH 2015



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This year's conference will take place on June 29-30 in Duluth, and registration opens soon!

Stay tuned: Sign up for email updates on 2015 Minnesota Rural Health Conference website.

ORHPC released a new fact sheet: Minnesota's Licensed Practical Nurse Workforce, 2011-2012. The report provides summary statistics regarding current demographics, geographic location and work settings of licensed practical nurses (LPNs) licensed in Minnesota as of February 2013. Visit the Health Workforce Planning & Analysis Program for additional publications and workforce data.

Graph - Median age of Minnesota licensed practical nurses, 
by region, 2011-2012

Source: Minnesota Board of Nursing data, as presented in MDH's Minnesota's Licensed Practical Nurse Workforce, 2011-2012.

As of February 2013, Minnesota had 22,186 licensed practical nurses (LPNs) with Minnesota mailing addresses. Of these, 32 percent were 55 years of age or older. While 26 percent are under 35 years of age, a large segment of this age group indicated they were working toward becoming registered nurses, so are unlikely to remain LPNs long enough to offset older LPNs leaving the workforce. LPNs in the central region of the state had the youngest median age at 43, while those in the southeast region had the oldest median age at 51.

For more information and data on Minnesota's health workforce, visit the ORHPC Health Care Workforce Analysis Program.

MDH and Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation have launched a new one-stop source for oral health data. The Minnesota Oral Health Statistics System is now available through the Minnesota Public Health Data Access portal, offering access to a variety of data on the oral health of Minnesotans, including key determinants of health such as income and access to dental care. Use summaries found under "Facts and Figures" or create your own reports. This is one of few online state oral health statistical systems in the country.

MDH seeks community input on the Eliminating Health Disparities Initiative (EHDI) grant program. EHDI aims to improve the health status of American Indians, African Americans/Africans, Asian and Pacific Islanders and Hispanics/Latinos. To register for an in-person meeting in St. Paul or Minneapolis, register online. If you are unable to attend these and would be interested in participating in a webinar, email and you will receive more information when it is scheduled. Contact Erica Fishman at or 651-201-5819 with questions.


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The Hospital Safety Net Grant Program, a new program at ORHPC, provides grant funding to help defray underpayments to hospitals for high-cost services provided to Emergency Medical Assistance (EMA) enrollees. Eligible applicants are licensed hospitals in Minnesota who serve EMA enrollees. Step 1 applications due April 17.

The Clinical Dental Education Innovations Grant Program is accepting applications from sponsoring institutions and clinical dental training sites for projects that increase dental access for underserved populations and promote innovative clinical training of dental professionals. Applications due May 1.


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The Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) announced a new one-time funding opportunity: the Rural Outreach Benefits Counseling Program. The three-year program seeks to expand health insurance outreach, education and enrollment efforts to eligible uninsured and newly insured individuals and families in rural communities. Applications due March 30.

MNsure released a Request for Proposals under the Navigator Outreach and Enrollment Grant Program. Public, private for-profit and nonprofit entities are eligible to apply. Applications due April 6.

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) announced the release of the Rural Health Care Coordination Network Partnership Program (Care Coordination Program), a new, one-time funding opportunity created as one of the activities of the White House Rural Council. Applications due April 6.

The Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation seeks applicants to its Healthy Communities: Health Equity in Action program. Applications due April 20.


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Are you ready for the transition to ICD-10? Minnesota requires it for all entities covered by Minnesota Statutes Section 62J.536 and related rules requiring the standard, electronic exchange of health care transactions. Find resources to help meet the ICD-10 compliance date of October 1, 2015 on the Provider Resources page of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services website.

The Rural Assistance Center (RAC) will host a free webinar, "Swing Bed Reimbursement in Critical Access Hospitals," on March 19 at 2:30 p.m. Register on the RAC website.

Registration is now open for the 2015 Grant Writing Institute: Rural Health Grant Writing Specialist Training, sponsored by the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH). Applications due March 26.

The Minnesota Rural Health Association (MRHA) will present "The Minnesota Nurse Practice Act: Positive Impacts for Rural Minnesota" on March 27 from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. This is the first in MHRA's 2015 series of cyber conferences. Email to register.

The 2015 gpTRAC Regional Telehealth Forum, Innovations: Staying Ahead of the Curve, will take place April 6-7 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

MDH's Maternal and Child Health Assessment Leadership Team will host a Town Hall to discuss the top health priorities found through a statewide assessment of Minnesota’s maternal and child health population. The event takes place April 21 from 2:30-5:30 p.m. at the Arlington Hills Community Center in St. Paul. For more information, contact Bonika Peters at 651-201-5719 or Register online.

Registration is now open for Moving Forward Together: Building Healthy Minnesota Communities, the 2015 Health Care Homes and State Innovation Model Learning Days Conference, to be held May 12-14 in St. Cloud.


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The Center for Care Innovation announced the launch of Facilitating Care Integration, a new online resource center for integrating primary care with components of the "medical neighborhood," including specialty care, oral health, diagnostic imaging, pharmacy care and hospital care. The resources are intended for Community Health Centers and other primary care providers, care managers, senior clinic leaders and hospital administrators.

Minnesota Community Measurement published its first Health Equity of Care Report, using data on race, Hispanic ethnicity, preferred language and country of origin to spotlight ways medical groups can improve diabetes, vascular, and asthma care and increase colon cancer screening.

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Addressing HIV/AIDS in rural communities (American Psychological Association).
Minnesota on the move: examining migration patterns (Minnesota Compass).

Health reform
Rural provider perceptions of the ACA: case studies in four states (North Carolina Rural Health Research and Policy Analysis Center).
Developmental strategies and challenges for rural Accountable Care Organizations (RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis).
Rural Health Clinic readiness for patient-centered medical home recognition (Maine Rural Health Research Center).

Use and performance variations in U.S. rural emergency departments: Implications for improving care quality and reducing costs (North Dakota and NORC Rural Health Reform Policy Research Center).
Safety-net emergency departments: A look at current experiences and challenges (The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation).


With rural doctors in short supply, Minnesota lawmakers consider more financial incentives (Star Tribune). .
Minn. cultural response unit trains to help emergency responders (Star Tribune via
Community health workers help grow provider-patient ties (Modern Healthcare).
Doulas, the latest wave in maternity culture, are organizing for more recognition (New York Times).

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Jodi Millner, the coordinator of the Helmsley Trust LUCAS Grant Program at ORHPC, was featured in the newsletter of the MN Resuscitation Consortium. The publication also includes information about this new program, which will soon begin dispersing LUCAS devices throughout the seven rural EMS regions of the state over a three-year period, beginning in April of this year with the northwest Minnesota EMS region. Contact Jodi at 651-201-3856 or

Communications coordinator Darcy Dungan-Seaver has accepted a new position in ORHPC: She is now a planner supporting the Rural Health Advisory Committee and other rural health policy work. Darcy will continue to cover communications for ORHPC until her replacement is hired.


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The 20th annual Rural Multiracial and Multicultural Health Conference will be held April 14, 2015 in Philadelphia.

The New Face of Health Care: Expanding Medical Professional Relationships, the 42nd Minnesota Health Care Roundtable, will be held April 23, 2015 in Minneapolis.

The Interprofessional Education Summit 2015, New Models of Care: An Interprofessional Perspective, will take place April 29 in St. Paul.

The National Rural EMS Conference: Building Collaboration and Leadership for the Future takes place May 5-6 in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

The 11th Annual Minnesota e-Health Summit, Connecting Communities to Advance Population Health, will take place June 16-17, 2015 in St. Louis Park.

The 2015 Minnesota Rural Health Conference, Partnerships in Progress, will be held June 29-30, 2015 in Duluth.

The 2015 Comprehensive Advanced Life Support (CALS) hospital conference, Risks and Rewards in Rural Emergency Care, will be held October 9 in St. Paul.


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Minnesota Office of Rural Health and Primary Care
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Phone 651-201-3838
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Our mission
To promote access to quality health care for all Minnesotans. We work as partners with policymakers, providers, and rural and underserved urban communities to ensure a continuum of core health services throughout the state.