NEW REPORT! Ensuring Health Across Rural Minnesota in 2030

November 2020
National Rural Health Resource Center

The Center partnered with The College of St. Scholastica to perform the study, with funding from the Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research. The report concludes that taking steps to address rural health inequities is more critical than ever, as made clear by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The study includes an environmental data scan, a literature review of trends and disrupters, and a Summit of key informants to identify the vision of health, as well as disrupters and recommendations. Demographic and financial modeling through 2030 identified priorities that rural stakeholders and policymakers should focus on to achieve rural health that is accessible, affordable and of high quality. Policy recommendations outline the key strategies required to support access to quality and affordable rural health in 2030.

The report offers a road map for policymakers on how to increase access to quality, affordable health care in rural Minnesota.

Key policy recommendations include:

  • Ensuring rural residents have access to telehealth, home-monitoring and other emerging technologies in healthcare;
  • Creating policies and payment structures based on quality outcomes, patient experience and efficiency from non-traditional sources;
  • Focusing social investments in rural communities to address health disparities and build community connections;
  • Addressing rural health vulnerability, especially in response to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic; and
  • Expanding innovative and flexible population health care and payment models that address financial pressures, promote population health and ensure viable health services within rural communities.

"The Center was honored to conduct this study with a future lens of access to affordable, quality healthcare in 2030," says Sally T. Buck, CEO of the National Rural Health Resource Center. "The identified disruptors and projections are applicable to small rural hospitals, rural health clinics and communities nationally, as well as the recommendations for ensuring rural health."