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Sailer presents at rural health conference

Sue Sailer, director of social services at Perham Memorial Hospital and Home (PMHH), recently presented at the Minnesota Rural Health Conference in Duluth, Minn., regarding the research partnership PMHH has with the University of Minnesota.

The Minnesota Rural Health Conference is now in its 14th year and is the largest rural-focused health conference in the country. More than 500 people attended the two-day conference.

Since August 2010, PMHH and the University of Minnesota Office of Community Engagement for Health has partnered in research efforts to better understand the benefits of a resident-directed care model in a nursing home setting.

As part of the research, residents of Perham Memorial Home, St. James Manor, and Briarwood are sharing their perspectives of what supports are necessary for continued engagement in purposeful living. The University of Minnesota is providing research expertise in analysis of these shared perspectives.

The research partnership is made possible by a grant received by PMHH from the Office of Community Engagement for Health-Clinical and Translational Science Institute. As a pilot project, only two rural communities in Minnesota were given this research-based opportunity.

Results of the research will be shared with community members within four to six months.