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DIRECTOR'S COLUMN

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Mark Schoenbaum

PRIORITIES FOR A TRANSFORMING RURAL HEALTH SYSTEM

In these times of constant change in health care, how can public sector leaders keep up with changing priorities? Especially when it comes to rural health—with the nuances citizens, communities and health care organizations need to balance—policymakers can respond best when they get informed insights from those working directly with rural health issues every day. 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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PARTNER FOCUS

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EXPANDING ORAL HEALTH CARE

by Leslie Nordgren, R.D.H., M.P.H., Ph.D., Research Specialist, Minnesota Office of Rural Health and Primary Care

Last year Minnesota became the first state to license a new member of the dental team: dental therapists. Dental therapists and advanced dental therapists are trained to perform services that previously only a licensed dentist could perform. They serve patients who have low incomes, are uninsured and underserved, and patients in dental health professional shortage areas. They practice in dental offices, nursing homes, schools, group homes and other alternative settings. Read the rest of the story.

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SPECIAL FEATURE

 
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ON THE FASTTRAC

by Mary Ann Radigan, Communications Coordinator, Minnesota Office of Rural Health and Primary Care

I’m in a classroom with 15 certified nursing assistant students—men and women ranging in age from early 20s to mid 60s. Everyone is focused on the two teachers. Yes, two teachers: One is a health care specialist and one is an adult basic education specialist. Both are integral to a program called FastTRAC. The teachers hone in on a puzzled look. Is it a problem with the health care topic or with reading, math or computer literacy? Through this integrated curriculum—with help in the classroom and in studying and in career planning, students are on a fast track to building a career in health care. Read the rest of the story.

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RHAC MEMBER PROFILE

 

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ORHPC TALKS WITH RURAL HEALTH ADVISORY COMMITTEE (RHAC) MEMBER REP. LARRY HOSCH

Please explain your professional work to us.

I work in two different capacities—one as a state legislator and the other as a social worker. 

I am serving my fourth term as a state representative from central Minnesota and I am a minority whip. I serve on the Health and Human Services Reform Committee, the Health and Human Services Finance Committee, and the Agriculture Committee. My policy areas of interest include health care, long term care, mental health and disability services. 

Outside of the legislature, I am an independent living specialist. I work with people in Isanti, Mille Lacs, Sherburne, Stearns and Wright counties who have cognitive, physical and mental disabilities. Read the rest of the story.

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2012 RURAL HEALTH CONFERENCE!


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.