Due to COVID-19, CRH will continue working remotely until further notice.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota Caring Foundation Rural Health Grant Program
The purpose of the BCBSND Caring Foundation Rural Health
Grant Program is to serve and show benefit to rural North
Dakotans and their health needs, and raise awareness for
the need for all ages to engage in more daily, physical
activity, and overall wellness.
The program targets the following primary focus area(s):
Activities that support activity and wellness for all
Supplies that support activity and wellness for all
Programs that support activity and wellness for all
Events that support activity and wellness for all
Proposals must be submitted via online submission by 5:00 pm Central
January 29, 2021
Notification of awards
August 16, 2021
Interim report due
February 15, 2022
Project must be completed, final report submitted, and funds expended.
Year 15 Awardees, 2020-2021
These projects must be completed, final report submitted, and funds expended by September 18, 2021.
Southwest Healthcare Services, Bowman
Funds were used to add contract nursing to the hospital in order to better address the COVID-19 pandemic.
CHI St. Alexius Health, Carrington
CHI St. Alexius Health, Carrington will offer a weekly book club based on the book Intuitive Eating
to teach staff tools for mindful eating. To promote physical activity, a step mill will also be purchased
for the facility.
St. Luke's Medical Center, Crosby
Funds are being used to assist in purchasing a new blood gas unit to help those who have tested positive for
Unity Medical Center, Grafton
Unity Medical Center will use grant funds to start a wellness program to include Lunch & Learns at the
hospital, culinary medicine classes for staff and the public along with a demonstration booth at the local
supermarket, and opening the physical therapy gym to staff during hours that are not utilized by patients.
West River Health Services, Hettinger
West River Health Services will use funds to train and certify six community members to become fitness
instructors – three for YogaFIT and three through the online American Council on Exercise Group
Fitness program. Two classes per month throughout the year will be taught in their respective certification
areas at the Hettinger Armory.
Emmons County Public Health, Linton
Emmons County Public Health will be instituting "Stepping On," a workshop designed for people 65 years of
age or older who may have had a fall in the past year, have a fear of falling, live in their own residence,
and do not have dementia. The seven-week program will have guest speakers from various healthcare and public
safety professions provide information and instruction relating to their profession on how to prevent falls.
Nelson County Health System, McVille
Nelson County Health System will use funds for an employee nutritional education initiative to provide staff
with nutritional information and healthy meal examples, including why choosing healthier foods makes a
difference in their health.
Presentation Medical Center, Rolla
Presentation Medical Center will use the grant to fund a series of six 5k runs for the community to help
combat climbing obesity rates.
Sargent County District Health Unit, Forman
Sargent County District Health Unit is focusing on physical activity by using grant funds to purchase a
rowing machine for the Sargent Central Public School's Community Wellness Center.
Mountrail County Medical Center, Stanley
Funds from the grant were used to utilize a courier service to transport high-priority COVID-19 tests to the
nearest testing lab, allowing results to be returned with maximum efficiency.