Rural Minnesota Path to Value Podcast Series

Through our work with rural hospitals, a need has emerged for education directed towards critical access hospital (CAH) staff and mid-level leaders (MLLs) on the ‘why’ and ‘how’ of value-based care and population health.

With the support of the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy and through a grant from the Minnesota Department of Health, Office of Rural Health and Primary Care, this podcast series was developed by the Minnesota Path to Value Project.

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Mini-Podcasts for Hospital Staff (three 10-min podcasts)

The basics of population health and social determinants of health are applicable to everyone that works in a hospital. Use these 10-minute podcasts during departmental/staff meetings or share as applicable.

Podcast #1: How Population Health Relates to Me

Featuring Tracy Morton, MPH, Director of Population Health, National Rural Health Resource Center (The Center)

Listeners will begin to understand the transition to value-based care and population health and why mid-level management plays a critical role.

Podcast #2: Patient Experience is More Than Meets the Eye

Featuring Rhonda Barcus, MS, LPC, Program Manager, National Rural Health Resource Center (The Center)

Creating a meaningful experience for our patients includes connecting with the person to provide a sense of safety and care. This podcast is relevant to any staff member in a healthcare organization and who would like to understand more about creating a true patient experience.  

Podcast #3: Using Telehealth to Positively Impact Patient Experience

Featuring Jonathan Neufeld, PhD, Program Director, Great Plains Telehealth Resource and Assistance Center

Learn tips for how to best inform your patients about what to expect for their telehealth visit. All staff at the hospital should understand what the virtual patient expectation is and what they can do on their end to improve satisfaction and population health. 

Podcasts for Mid-level Leaders (five 30-min podcasts)

Learn best practices from experts and critical access hospital (CAH) mid-level leaders (MLLs) as they address social determinants of health and shift towards population health.

Podcast #1: Understanding Population Health and Value-Based Care for Rural Organizations

Featuring Jennifer Lundblad, Project Director, Rural Health Value and President/CEO, Stratis Health, Karla Weng MPH, CPHQ, Technical Assistance Lead, Rural Health Value and Senior Program Manager, Stratis Health, and Terry Hill, MPA, Senior Advisor for Rural Health Leadership and Policy, National Rural Health Resource Center (The Center) and Executive Director of Rural Health Innovations (RHI)

Understand the difference between population health, value-based care, and value-based payment. Learn what this means for CAHs and rural communities. Rural health experts share key strategies for CAHs to focus on as they move towards population health. 

Podcast #2: The Mid-level Leader’s Role in Population Health

Featuring Shannon Studden, Senior Program Specialist and Rhonda Barcus, Program Manager from the National Rural Health Resource Center and Carly Kubesh, BSN, RN, PHN, Clinic Manager, Olivia Hospital & Clinic, Olivia, MN

Learn some of the core competencies that will help mid-level leaders thrive while implementing population health initiatives. Hear from an MLL who is successfully engaging their staff in population health initiatives.

Podcast #3: Collaborating with Your Community to Address
Social Determinants of Health

Featuring Alicia Bauman, Community Health Director, Lakewood Health System, Staples, MN and Mat Spaan, MPA, Manager, Care Delivery & Payment Reform, Minnesota Department of Human Services

Learn how a small MN CAH formed non-traditional community partners in order to address food insecurity to improve population health. Also, learn about the Integrated Health Partnership (IHP) and how it allows health care professionals the freedom to drive local innovation and improve the health of their community.

Podcast #4: Community Care Coordination is an Essential Component of Population Health

Featuring Jen Peterson, Supervisor of Social Work and Care Coordination, Welia Health, Mora, MN and Deb Laine, M.Ed, Senior Program Specialist, National Rural Health Resource Center (The Center)

Learn the importance of community care coordination in improving population health. Hear about one CAH’s journey into community care coordination – the process, how it has evolved, and the outcomes. 

Podcast #5: How to Communicate Population Health Throughout the Organization and Community

Featuring Jodi Martin, Marketing and Communications Team Leader, Ely-Bloomenson Community Hospital, Ely, MN and Mike Milligan, President, Legato Healthcare Marketing

We touched on the importance of population health in our first podcast. Learn how Ely-Bloomenson Community Hospital used their community health needs assessment findings to craft messages to engage providers and staff, form community partnerships, and start communicating differently to the community. 

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $911,531 with 0 percentage financed with nongovernmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.