Upcoming Events


Identifying bottlenecks and roadblocks in the rural mental health career pipeline

Register here.

Join us for a webinar on Tuesday, February 14th, 2:30-4:00pm, as we go through our new report on the rural mental health workforce and have an in-depth discussion with panelists directly involved in rural mental health.

Panelists Include:

Thad Shunkwiler, LMFT, LPCC, ACS, CCMHC

Associate Professor, Department of Health Science

Director- Center for Rural Behavioral Health

College of Allied Health and Nursing

Minnesota State University, Mankato


Tracie Rutherford Self, PhD, LMHC

Assistant Professor, Department of Counseling and Student Personnel

Minnesota State University, Mankato


Jinny Palen, Executive Director
Minnesota Association of Community Mental Health Programs


Andrew Larson, Owner/Director

Northstar Counseling, Hutchinson


Marnie Werner, VP of Research & Operations
Center for Rural Policy & Development


Moderated by:

Kate Raddatz
Senior Principal
Park Street Public

Registration is required. Feel free to forward this invitation on to others who may be interested. The webinar will be recorded and posted on our YouTube channel.

Questions? Please contact us at crpd@ruralmn.org



Previous Events

Research Webinars


July 21st, 2021: Immigrants, Refugees, and Local Government Outreach in Rural Minnesota

February 19th, 2021: Child care in rural Minnesota after 2020

January 21st, 2021: What happens to the rural workforce during a pandemic?



October 13, 2020: Livestream Event: The New Reality – The shifting landscape of rural health care in Minnesota

July 15th, 2020: The case for living rural

June 3, 2020: Integrating rural into the new reality of health care

May 1, 2020: A conversation with state leaders on rural Minnesota and COVID-19


Interconnected: Rural-Urban Conversations


About the Series

Minnesotans often use the phrase “rural-urban divide” when talking about the values and priorities that seem to differ across our state. But in reality, our challenges and opportunities are truly interconnected – though the solutions we design may look a bit different in Minneapolis compared to Mankato, or in Brainerd vs. Bloomington. This four-event series – hosted by the Center for Rural Policy and Development and the Citizens League – will bridge the divide between urban & rural Minnesota by exploring our shared challenges and how to design a future that works for our unique communities. Each event will begin with a look at CRPD’s latest research, followed by a panel discussion with speakers from urban and rural areas.


Next discussion

Our fall 2021 and winter 2022 dates are currently being planned. Stay tuned for further details! Check out our previous discussions below.


Previous discussions

Thursday, June 3, 2021: Examining Healthcare Access – click here to view the discussion.

Thursday, April 29, 2021: Minnesota’s Workforce – Help Wanted, Everywhere – click here to view the discussion.

Monday, March 29, 2021: Childcare – A Complex Crisis – click here to view the discussion.

Future topics!
We will be holding these Interconnected Conversations monthly where our topics will revolve around our shared interests in health care, work force, housing and equity & inclusion in our communities.  Check back often for the latest information and registration links.  Pre-registration is required for each Conversation. Sign up here to receive notifications on future discussions.