Driven to Support Health in Rural Minnesota
The Office of Academic Clinical Affairs rural health initiative
Designed to positively impact — in clear and measurable ways — the health and wellbeing of people and communities in rural Minnesota.
What is the leading cause of rural hospital closings?
Why is the COVID death rate higher in rural areas?
How can we prevent rural hospital closures?
How has the COVID pandemic highlighted health care inadequacies in rural communities?
As we emerge from the pandemic, what can we do to improve the health of rural residents?
How are agriculture and health connected?
Collaboration and effort
The rural health initiative is led by Dr. Katy Kozhimannil with a scope including:
- Greater engagement with University of Minnesota faculty, students, and staff doing rural-relevant work as well as local rural health leaders, and linking national research from the University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center with local communities in Minnesota.
- A Postdoctoral Fellowship program in rural health equity.
- Project REACH (Rural Experts Advancing Community Health) that offers training and support to community leaders in rural Minnesota to address local health challenges.