Rural and Public Health Awardees Honored
Jun 13, 2019
The Outstanding Rural and Public Health Award recipients for 2019 were recognized at the Dakota Conference on Rural and Public Health's annual banquet on June 12 in Minot.
Rural Health Awards
- Debra Middleton and Clark Kruta are the Outstanding Rural Health Providers. Debra Middleton is a family nurse practitioner at Cooperstown Medical Center in Cooperstown. Clark Kruta is a nurse anesthetist at CHI Mercy Health in Valley City.
- Daniel R. Kelly, CEO/administrator of McKenzie County Healthcare Systems in Watford City, is the Outstanding Rural Health Professional.
- Dennis Muffenbier, volunteer at Heart of America Medical Center in Rugby, is the Outstanding Rural Health Volunteer.
- Barbara West, nursing and diabetes educator at West River Health Services in Hettinger, is the Outstanding Rural Health Educator/Mentor.
- Desirae Friskop, registered dietitian at CHI Friendship in Grafton, is the Emerging Rural Health Leader.
- Joan Heckaman, North Dakota Senator from District 23 in New Rockford, is the Rural Health Legislator of the Year.
- CenteringPregnancy Prenatal Care, CHI St. Alexius in Dickinson, earned the Outstanding Rural Health Program award.
- Duane Glasner, MD, health officer for Rolette County Public Health District and retired family practitioner at Presentation Medical Center in Rolla, garnered the Outstanding Rural Health Career award. This is the first year for this award.
- Mid-Dakota Education Cooperative is the R-COOL-Health Scrubs Camp of the Year for the Scrubs Camp they hosted in Velva, North Dakota.
Public Health Awards
- Tiffany Boespflug, public health nurse and program manager, Grand Forks Public Health, is the Public Health Worker of the Year.
- Keith Johnson, administrator, Custer Health in Mandan, is the Outstanding Service award winner.
- Rolette County Public Health District Health Tracks in Rolla is the Public Health Team of the Year. Members of the team are Sara Hendrickson, Jennifer Tandeski, Renae Henderson, Cheryl Bonn, and Tara Berg.
Dakota Conference on Rural and Public Health
For more information about the Dakota Conference on Rural and Public Health, visit ruralhealth.und.edu/dakota-conference.
The Dakota Conference is a joint effort by Altru Health System of Grand Forks, the North Dakota Public Health Association, the North Dakota Rural Health Association, the University of North Dakota (UND) College of Nursing & Professional Disciplines, and the Center for Rural Health at the UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences.