Community Development Institute

The Community Development Institute is a new institute in the form of a series of ten online workshops sponsored by the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) and presented by the Heartland Center for Community Development. Learn practical, immediately applicable strategies and useful tools to enhance your leadership and management skills as an established or emerging rural health leader to develop your rural community.

Delivered by webinar, the workshops will be presented from July 2022 through May 2023 by the Heartland Center’s experienced trainers, including the founder and two members of the Board of Directors. The Institute curriculum is updated from the acclaimed workshops offered nearly a decade ago by the Heartland Center for NOSORH members. This series will be invaluable for you as an established or emerging rural health leader.

Presenters and Trainers

Milan Wall, Heartland Center Founder, and Co-Director

Reshell Ray, Heartland Center Board Member

Craig Schroeder, Heartland Center Board President


The institute will take place on the third Tuesday of each month from 3:30–5:00 PM ET.

  • Webinar #1: Introduction and Orientation with Community Stakeholders (07/19/2022)
  • Webinar #2: 20 Clues to Rural Community Survivor (08/16/2022)
  • Webinar #3: Who’s at Your Table? (09/20/2022)
  • Webinar #4: Diversity as Opportunity (10/18/2022)
  • Webinar #5: Community Team Building (11/15/2022)
  • Webinar #6: Appreciative Inquiry: 4-Steps for Implementation in Your Community (01/17/2023)
  • Webinar #7: Asset-Based Community Development (02/21/2023)
  • Webinar #8: Learning from Successful Communities (03/21/2023)
  • Webinar #9: Community Team Building (04/18/2023)
  • Webinar #10: Measuring and Celebrating Your Success (05/16/2023)

For session details, please refer to the curriculum outline in the Community Development Institute flyer.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the purpose of the Institute?
The Institute seeks to enhance the leadership and management skills of individuals addressing rural health issues in their state or community. With a specific focus on teaching hard and soft skills to engage and develop rural communities.

Who should participate in the Institute?
State Offices of Rural Health staff, State Rural Health Association, Primary Care Associate staff, and others interested in enhancing their rural health leadership skills.

What does my participation in the Institute entail?
You will be expected to participate in 10 Webinars, coaching sessions and complete evaluations.

What are the responsibilities of participants?
Those selected sign a letter of commitment agreeing to be a contributing member of the learning team, participate in webinars; complete a rural health capstone project, work with a peer mentor for at least six months; and participate in evaluation and information dissemination activities regarding the institute. Lastly, participate in an alumni guild committed to addressing rural health issues.