Lynette Dickson, MS, RD, LRD
Lynette Dickson is an associate director of Community
Outreach and Engagement, at the Center for Rural Health
at the University of North Dakota (UND), School of
Medicine and Health Sciences, Grand Forks, ND. She has
been with the Center since February 2003.
Dickson directs the State Office of Rural Health (SORH)
grant program, Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility
program, Small Hospital Improvement Program which are
sponsored by the Health Resource Services and
Administration (HRSA) Office of Rural Health Policy. In
her position she also directs the outreach to North
Dakota health care providers for the partnership with the
Regional Extension and Assistance Center for HIT, serving
North Dakota and Minnesota, funded by the federal DHHS,
Office of the National Coordinator for HIT. She is
currently appointed, by the Governor, to the North Dakota
Health Information Technology Advisory Committee and
serves as vice-chair; as well as the ND EMS Advisory
Committee. In addition, she serves as the director of the
Area Health Education Center program office. As part of
the core function of the programs listed above she
provides direction to projects related to health IT,
workforce development, recruitment and retention; and is
actively involved in health policy, government affairs,
community development, strategic planning and grant
development. She serves on the Noridian Mutual Insurance
Co., (BCBSND) Board of Directors and is Past-President of
the National Organization of State Office of Rural Health
(NOSORH) and continues to serve on the Board of
Prior to coming to the Center for Rural Health, she
worked as the area program manager for the American
Diabetes Association–North Dakota and northwestern
Minnesota office and director of Camp Sioux, a summer
camp for children diagnosed with diabetes, for eight
Dickson received her Master of Science degree in
nutrition and dietetics from North Dakota States
University in Fargo and her Bachelor of Science degree in
food and nutrition from the University of Utah, Salt Lake
City, Utah and is a licensed registered dietitian. She
has four children, three daughters and one son.
Established in 1980, the Center for Rural Health is one of the nation's most experienced rural health organizations. It has developed a full complement of programs to assist researchers, educators, policymakers, health care providers and, most importantly, rural residents to address changing rural environments by identifying and researching rural health issues, analyzing health policy, strengthening local capabilities, developing community-based alternatives, and advocating for rural concerns.
- Adoption of Electronic Health Records in North Dakota, Dickson, L., February 2013
Discusses electronic medical records in North Dakota, meaningful use, adoption of EHRs, and challenges.
- Primary Care Workforce Project Report, Hart, G., Wynne, J., & Dickson, L., June 2012
Highlights a one-day rural Primary Care Symposium which featured focus groups that gathered input from a variety of community members about improving access to primary care services, raising awareness of local and state efforts to recruit ND youth for health care (specifically primary care) professions, and encouraging ND youth to remain in or return to the state after graduation.
- Report on Community Health Worker Programs, Dickson, L., June 2012
Presents examples of Community Health Worker programs in numerous states. Gathers information to assist in establishing a CHW program in North Dakota. Includes CHW programs in Minnesota, Massachusetts, New Mexico, New York, Colorado, Washington, and Wisconsin.
- Environmental Scan of Health Information Technology (HIT) Adoption amongst North Dakota Health Care Entities, Dickson, L., Nissen, K., Wolf, S., Peterson, C., & Willis, N., July 2012
Assesses the level of adoption of electronic health records (EHR) and telehealth; and health information technology workforce in hospitals, independent rural clinics, community health centers, clinical laboratories, pharmacies, long term care, and local public health units and departments throughout North Dakota.
- Connecting North Dakota for a Healthier Future, Dickson, L., Nissen, K., & Rodriguez, M., December 2008
Discusses North Dakota's progress in converting to electronic health records. Addresses barriers for completion and offers resolutions.
- North Dakota Health Information Technology (HIT) Fact Sheet, Dickson, L., January 2008
Describes HIT, its uses within North Dakota and the role of the HIT Steering committee. The information in this fact sheet was collected from the North Dakota State HIT report, Connecting North Dakota for a Healthier Future, Dec. 2008.
- Fundamentals of Grant Writing
Presented by Gibbens, B. & Dickson, L. on
2010 at the Center for Rural Health students, staff and faculty, Grand Forks, ND.
The three hour workshop emphasized skills in writing a proposal including resources for grant writing, planning and assessment, the main sections of a grant, tips on grant writing, budgeting, evaluation and sustainability, and other tools to aid in the development of a grant proposal.
- An Overview of the North Dakota Health Information Technology (HIT) Steering Committee
Presented by Dickson, L. on
2008 at the North Dakota Information Technology Interim Legislative Committee, Bismarck, ND.
- Working to Achieve HRSA’s Vision in North Dakota, in Partnership with the Center for Rural Health
Presented by Wakefield, M., Miller, M., & Dickson, L. on
2007 at the meeting with HRSA administrator, Dr. Elizabeth Duke, Grand Forks, ND.
- Flex CAH HIT Kickoff Meeting
Presented by Miller, M. & Dickson, L. on
2007 at the Flex CAH Hit Project participants meeting, Grand Forks, ND.
- An Overview of Health Information Technology Activities in North Dakota
Presented by Dickson, L. on
2007 at the Regional HIT Conference, Billings, MT.
- Rural Economic Development Believes in Wellness Too
Presented by Dickson, L., Gibbens, B., & Rice, J. on
2007 at the National Rural Health Association Annual Conference, Anchorage, AK.