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North Dakota Rural Community-Based Palliative Care

The North Dakota Rural Community-Based Palliative Care project is a multi-state (North Dakota, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Washington), multi-faceted project to increase access to palliative care services in rural communities to improve quality of life and quality of care for those with advanced illness and complex care needs.

The North Dakota Rural Community-Based Palliative Care project was one of three projects chosen by Stratis Health in a multi-state effort to increase access to palliative care services in rural communities. Community team efforts in North Dakota will be supported by the University of North Dakota's Center for Rural Health.

The participating communities will receive support to build a rural community-based palliative care philosophy and services in their rural area.

Among the goals of the project are:

  • Completed (2016) state environmental palliative assessment with the North Dakota Palliative Care Task Force (PCTF) and continue participation in PCTF.
  • Seven rural communities will be identified to participate in the North Dakota Rural Community-Based Palliative Care project.
  • A community based team of interdisciplinary representatives from rural hospitals, clinics, home health agencies, nursing homes, hospice programs and other community organizations will be formed in each of the seven rural communities.
  • Participants will be asked to complete an asset and gap analysis related to palliative care services implementation at the beginning and end of the project.
  • Project activity will include; networking opportunities, planning workshops with community teams and providing ongoing mentoring calls.
  • A community action plan for developing and or enhancing palliative care services will be developed and implemented.

Success for each of the participating rural communities and individual care providers depends on the mutual commitment and collaborative efforts of both the Center for Rural Health and the participating organization beginning February 2018 and continuing through 2020.