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The Essentia Institute of Rural Health (EIRH) is the research and education center of Essentia Health.
In 1978, the former Duluth Clinic and SMDC Health System—now part of Essentia Health—joined cancer clinical trials through the North Central Cancer Treatment Group funded by the National Cancer Institute. The same year, an IRB and other research infrastructure were created.
In 1990, SMDC established a formal research division to perform clinical, translational, and health services research.
On January 1, 2010, the Essentia Health established the Essentia Institute of Rural Health (EIRH), a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization.
EIRH shares Essentia Health’s mission, vision, and values. Through collaborative research, education, discovery, and learning, we support and achieve its aspirational aims of:
Essential Health provides access to a large rural patient population across Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin, and Idaho for EIRH health services research. The four-state service area includes two million people; approximately 40 percent are Essentia affiliated patients.
Essentia Health makes health care more accessible to the rural communities it serves.
EIRH research staff in Duluth, Minnesota includes:
EIRH conduct collaborative research projects with national research networks and organizations including:
Get more information about the Essentia Institute of Rural Health and its programs. Call 218-786-3940 or 1-877-710-1094.
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