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Flex Monitoring Team

The Flex Monitoring Team (FMT) is a consortium of the Rural Health Research Centers at the Universities of Minnesota, Southern Maine, and North Carolina. The FMT is funded by the Office of Rural Health Policy, Grant No. U27RH1080 to evaluate the impact of the Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Grant Program in three areas:

  • improving access to and the quality of health care services;
  • improving the financial performance of CAHs; and
  • engaging rural communities in health care system development.  

The University of Minnesota’s FMT projects focus on quality performance measures and reporting systems and quality improvement activities in Critical Access Hospitals.

For a list of projects, visit the RHRC projects page.

For a list of publications, please visit the RHRC publications page.

For additional information, visit www.flexmonitoring.org.

Rural Health Outreach Tracking and Evaluation

The Rural Health Outreach Tracking and Evaluation is funded by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, Contract HHSH250200900012C. The lead organization, the NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis, sub-contracts with the University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center.

Evaluation activities are conducted within and across the six 330A Outreach Authority programs. Sample evaluation activities include the identification of common evaluation metrics across grant programs, evaluation of the network development planning grant program, and the use of evidence-based practices among grantees.

Each evaluation project yields recommendations for improving the program and ensuring that rural health resources are used most effectively at the community level.

For a list of projects, visit the RHRC projects page.

For additional information, visit www.norc.org/Research/Projects/Pages/rural-health-outreach-tracking-evaluation-program.aspx.

Upper Midwest Rural Health Research Center

The Upper Midwest Rural Health Research Center was one of six federally-designated rural health research centers funded by the Office of Rural Health Policy, from September 2004 through August of 2012. This was a partnership of University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center and the University of North Dakota Center for Rural Health.

For a list of projects, visit the RHRC projects page.

For a list of publications, visit the RHRC publications page.