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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 endorse and support activity and wellness for all ages
  • Supplies that endorse and support activity and wellness for all ages
  • Programs that endorse and support activity and wellness for all ages
  • Events that endorse and support activity and wellness for all ages

Year 13 Awardees, 2018-2019

  1. St. Andrew’s Health Center, Bottineau
    St. Andrew’s Health Center and the Turtle Mountain Pickleball Club will collaborate to construct a pickleball court at the Lake Metigoshe VFW Park.
  2. Carrington Health Center, Carrington
    Carrington Health Center, Foster County Commissioners, and the Carrington Kiwanis Club will begin replacing portions of park equipment in the Foster County Courthouse Park.
  3. Pembina County Memorial Hospital Association, Cavalier
    Pembina County Memorial Hospital Association will implement an Employee Wellness Program.
  4. St. Luke’s Hospital, Crosby
    St. Luke’s Hospital will host a family 5K fun run/walk event with the proceeds from the 5K being used to purchase equipment for the Divide County High School Track and Field team.
  5. CHI St. Alexius Health Dickinson Foundation, Dickinson
    CHI St. Alexius Health Dickinson will host a Glow Run 5K event with the proceeds from the 5K being used to promote diabetes awareness and assistance to members in the community.
  6. Jacobson Memorial Hospital Care Center, Elgin
    Jacobson Memorial Hospital Care Center will partner with the Elgin/New Leipzig Public School to establish a community fitness center.
  7. Spirit Lake Nation – Special Diabetes Program for Indians, Fort Totten
    Spirit Lake Nation – Special Diabetes Program for Indians will use these funds to prepare and implement an inter-Tribal workshop which will certify Lifestyle Coaches to lead community diabetes prevention education in Tribal communities, especially in topics of nutrition and physical fitness.
  8. Unity Medical Center, Grafton
    Unity Medical Center plans to implement employee wellness programming such as monthly educational demonstrations in nutrition and quarterly “Lunch and Learn” sessions.
  9. St. Aloisius Medical Center, Harvey
    St. Aloisius Medical Center will partner with the Wells County District Health Unit to offer the Diabetes Empowerment Education Program (DEEP) free of charge to community members with diabetes and their caregivers.
  10. Central Valley Health District, Jamestown
    Central Valley Health District will provide support to install a Frisbee Golf Course located in the Gackle City Park.
  11. City-County Health District, Valley City
    The City-County Health District will implement the “Faith Communities Alive” program as well as host a “Let’s Walk Valley City” event promoting the new walking trails.
  12. City-County Health, Valley City
    City-County Health will work with Hi Line Prairie Gardens and Community Orchard to construct handicap accessible gravel walking paths throughout the gardens.
  13. McKenzie County Healthcare Systems, Inc., Watford City
    McKenzie County Healthcare Systems, Inc. will use these funds to host a community health fair in summer of 2018.

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