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GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ)--A closer look at Rural Health.

On Tuesday, WDAZ swung by the Alerus Center to check in on a conference about Rural and Public Health in North Dakota.

Over 300 rural and public health professionals met to talk about some of the health challenges they're trying to tackle.

They were especially concerned about a lack of access to care, mental health, and the opioid epidemic.

Some of the attendees say the conference gives them a chance to share ideas from other people in their field.

"It seems crazy to have to drive 6 hours when you're having serious mental health issues or substance abuse issues and that's the closest place that you can get care, because there's just a lack of that,” said Kylie Nissen, Organizer for the UND Center for Rural Health.

This is the 33rd Dakota Conference on Rural and Public Health.

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