Office of Rural Health and Primary Care (ORHPC) - Minnesota Dept. of Health

Office of Rural Health and Primary Care

The Office of Rural Health and Primary Care promotes 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.


Canceled – 2020 Minnesota Rural Health Conference

2020 MN Rural Health Conference logo

Originally scheduled for June 15 & 16, 2020.

Update April 13:

Protecting the health, safety, and well-being of the participants at the Minnesota Rural Health Conference is always our first priority and, due to the uncertainties related to the COVID–19 pandemic, we are canceling the 2020 conference scheduled for June 15–16. The theme for this year was aptly chosen, “Charting the Course for Change,” and that is what we must do.

While we and our partners look forward to this event every year, social distancing must be our primary professional responsibility. We want to thank and honor our many participants from across all health professions and organizations who are working so diligently and heroically within their communities to deal with COVID-19. We also want to thank our many partners who already invested financial support towards this year's conference; we appreciate your partnership.

Finally, we hope we can all come together once again in 2021 to renew our relationships and to recharge our constant pursuit of a sustainable and thriving rural health system. #PowerofRural

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Update March 19:

We are monitoring the COVID–19 outbreak and related CDC travel and large gathering guidance.

If the regularly scheduled 2020 MN Rural Health Conference plans are affected by COVID–19, we will immediately send an email communication to everyone subscribed to the Minnesota Rural Health Conference email list and post a notice on the conference website .

If you have not done so already, subscribe to our conference email list for updates.

In the meantime, up–to–date COVID–19 guidance for all Minnesotans can be found on the Minnesota Department of Health’s Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID–19) website.


2020 National Rural Health Day

2020 National Rural Health Day Logo

This year, National Rural Health Day is Thursday, November 19, 2020.


Updated Thursday, 23-Apr-2020 11:03:18 CDT