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SUMMER 2010

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DIRECTOR'S COLUMN

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Mark Schoenbaum

What, even more change?

Last month’s 2010 Minnesota Rural Health Conference in Duluth was a success by all reports. The conference theme was Leading Change for Rural Health, and 480 rural health leaders attended from all over Minnesota. As you can see from the conference theme, change remains central to our lives in health care—what with state health reform, a major recession and now federal health reform—so central that I sometimes feel I’m suffering from change fatigue. But I felt recharged after the conference, which kicked off with a very timely presentation on change itself by management consultant Patricia Moten Marshall. Marshall laid out the ever-quickening pace of change throughout our world and confirmed that we’re increasingly hitting our “future shock” thresholds. Read the rest of the story.

Mark Schoenbaum is director of the Office of Rural Health and Primary Care and can be reached at mark.schoenbaum@state.mn.us or 651-201-3859.

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COMMUNITY FOCUS

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THIEF RIVER FALLS AREA AMBULANCE PUTS HEART TO HEART INTO ACTION

A few months ago, Flex coordinator Judy Bergh met with Brett Rima of Thief River Falls Area Ambulance. Brett showed Judy where AEDs purchased with Flex funds had been placed around the community. Judy loved seeing how far the Flex dollars were going; but hearing the enthusiasm in the community for Thief River Falls Area Ambulance was the highlight of the trip. Judy asked Brett to share details of their successful program. Read the rest of the story.

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PARTNER FOCUS

 
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IMPROVING HEALTH OUTCOMES

By Brendan L. Ashby, Executive Director, Northeast Minnesota Area Health Education Center

mnHEALTHnet is a program of the Northeast Minnesota Area Health Education Center. A collaborative interprofessional network of health care, community and academic partners, mnHEALTHnet is committed to supporting community organizations to develop chronic care management/education and training resources for rural and underserved communities.  Read the rest of the story.

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SPECIAL FEATURE

RURAL VOICES: STEP UP. SPEAK OUT.

By Kristen Tharaldson, M.P.H., Senior Planner, Minnesota Office of Rural Health and Primary Care

I was picking out one more stocking stuffer for my niece, listening to Squirrel Nut Zippers Christmas Caravan, and planning my drive up north to see the family. It was December and I was also applying for a coveted spot in the national Office of Rural Health Policy’s 2010 Rural Voices Leadership and Policy Workshop. ... Read the rest of the story

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RHAC MEMBER PROFILE

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Sen. Prettner Solon

ORHPC TALKS WITH RURAL HEALTH ADVISORY COMMITTEE (RHAC) MEMBER YVONNE PRETTNER SOLON

Please explain your professional work to us . . .

I am a developmental psychologist by training. I practiced as a clinical psychologist for 30 years, briefly at the Range Mental Health Center in Aurora, Hibbing and Virgina. Then I found my professional home treating both in-patients and out-patients at St Luke’s in Duluth for the last 25 years. I have focused on adult issues, particularly survivors of abusive relationships, PTSD and dissociative disorders. I also designed and ran an eating disorder program. Read the rest of the story.

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Minnesota Office of Rural Health and Primary Care
P. O. Box 64882
St. Paul, Minnesota 55164-0882
Phone 651-201-3838
Toll free in Minnesota 800-366-5424
Fax: 651-201-3830
TDD: 651-201-5797
www.health.state.mn.us/divs/orhpc

  MISSION: To promote access to quality health care for rural and underserved urban Minnesotans. From our unique position within state government, we work as partners with communities, providers, policymakers and other organizations. Together, we develop innovative approaches and tailor our tools and resources to the diverse populations we serve