About the Dakota Conference on Rural and Public Health
The Dakota Conference has served as an interdisciplinary forum for more than 25 years. Attracting about 350+
professionals annually, the conference provides an opportunity to share strategies for building and sustaining
healthy communities in North Dakota.
The Dakota Conference includes pre- and post-conference workshops, keynote speakers, a variety of breakout
sessions, poster presentations, evening meetings and events, and an awards banquet.
Provide quality education for rural and public health professionals.
Improve the health and well-being of North Dakota Communities.
Provide continuing education to health and human service administrators, managers,
researchers, and clinical providers in the areas of:
Health promotion and disease prevention,
Environmental health and occupational health, and
Diverse populations and health disparities.
Create an environment of learning that is informative and educational to an
interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary audience of health and human service
Provide conference participants with the opportunity to formally present
community-based solutions to common rural and public health issues.
Provide conference participants with the opportunity to informally network with
others to share skills and strategies meant to address access, financial, and
quality-of-care issues found in rural and public health.
Foster an environment that is conducive to collaboration between different
organizations, health and human service disciplines, and communities.
Upon completion of this conference, participants will be able to describe strategies meant to address access,
financial, and quality-of-care issues found in rural and public health. Participants will be able to define
solutions to improving health and develop skills that will be taken to the participant’s communities and
implemented in their healthcare practices.
Conference Planning Committee Members
Lynette Dickson (Chair), University of North Dakota (UND) School of Medicine & Health Sciences (SMHS)
Center for Rural Health
Pete Antonson, North Dakota Rural Health Association
Tracy Evanson, UND College of Nursing & Professional Disciplines
Mary LaHaise, Altru Health System
Marv Leier, UND SMHS Center for Rural Health
Kylie Nissen, UND SMHS Center for Rural Health
Julie Reiten, UND SMHS Center for Rural Health
Joni Tweeten, North Dakota Public Health Association
The Dakota Conference Planning Committee is composed of: