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SUMMER 2012

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DIRECTOR'S COLUMN

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Mark Schoenbaum

COVERAGE CHANGES AND THE SAFETY NET

Who will remain uninsured, and who will gain coverage in the next few years? The characteristics of both groups have implications for Minnesota’s rural and urban health care safety net. 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

INTEGRATING PRIMARY AND BEHAVIORAL HEALTH CARE: A COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER'S EXPERIENCE

The case for integrating primary and mental health care services seems to grow stronger every day. More primary care providers are seeing patients with untreated mental health problems. Many individuals with mental health disorders go without needed medical care. Failure to treat co-occurring physical and mental health conditions – especially common among those with chronic conditions such as diabetes, asthma and heart disease – leads to poorer health outcomes and higher costs.

Even so, true integration of care remains rare and difficult. 

The experience of Community-University Health Care Center (CUHCC) in south Minneapolis, long a leader in community-based mental health and primary care, shows both the promise and the challenge of fully integrating such services. Read the rest of the story.

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SPECIAL FEATURE

RURAL HOSPITAL CEOs TALK HEALTH REFORM AND MORE

This year’s Minnesota Rural Health Conference, held in Duluth in late June, included a roundtable discussion among the Chief Executive Officers of three rural hospitals. The following are some of the major themes that emerged there and echoed throughout the conference. Read the rest of the story.

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RHAC MEMBER PROFILE

ORHPC TALKS WITH RURAL HEALTH ADVISORY COMMITTEE (RHAC) MEMBER RAY CHRISTENSEN

Please explain your professional work to us . . .

I’m a family physician and I’ve practiced family medicine in Moose Lake for 40 years. I’m also currently assistant dean for rural health for the University of Minnesota. I also serve as Medical Director for Mercy Hospital and Augustana Mercy Health Care Center in Moose Lake, and I’m treasurer of the Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians. Read the rest of the story.

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P. O. Box 64882
St. Paul, Minnesota 55164-0882
Phone 651-201-3838
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  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