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Public Health

Solid public health services can improve the overall population health, meaning healthier communities and healthier North Dakotans. The Center for Rural Health works to further the public health mission in North Dakota by:

  • Working with diverse organizations to build partnerships and improve population health in rural areas.
  • Coordinating the annual Dakota Conference on Rural and Public Health.
  • Gathering statistical data on various North Dakotan health aspects to inform stakeholders, educators, and policy makers.
  • Providing technical assistance on accreditation, grant writing, needs assessments, improvement planning, and community engagement for local public health units.

Key Contact

Brad Gibbens, MPA, Deputy Director

Most Recent Publications

  • Center for Rural Health Hits the Big 4-0
    The Center for Rural Health celebrates 40 years of connecting resources and knowledge to strengthen the health of people in rural and tribal communities.
    Author(s): Haugen, B.
    Publication: UND Today
    Date: March 2020
    Type: Article
  • Executive Summary: Mental Health Training and Technical Assistance Needs Among Probation and Parole Officers in Region 8
    This is an executive summary of the larger report, Mental Health Training and Technical Assistance Needs: Findings, Implications, and Summary of a Survey of Probation and Parole Officers in Region 8. The brief summarizes the mental health training needs of probation and parole officers in the six-state region and provides recommendations for future work.
    Author(s): Schroeder, S., Heitkamp, T., Martinefski, D.
    Date: March 2020
    Type: Policy Brief
  • High Rates of Decay and Need for Dental Treatment Among American Indian and Alaska Native Kindergartners in North Dakota
    During the 2018-2019 school year, each of the 1,998 kindergartners enrolled in the 43 participating schools received a dental screening. This fact sheet describes the results of this screening and identified racial disparities.
    Author(s): Schroeder, S., Knutson, S.
    Date: February 2020
    Type: Fact Sheet
  • High Rates of Decay and Need for Dental Treatment Among Rural Kindergartners in North Dakota
    During the 2018-2019 school year, each of the 1,998 kindergartners enrolled in the 43 participating schools received a dental screening. This fact sheet describes the results of this screening and identified geographic disparities.
    Author(s): Schroeder, S., Knutson, S.
    Date: February 2020
    Type: Fact Sheet
  • Medical - Dental Integration in North Dakota
    This fact sheet describes the reach, patients served, and the outcomes of a medical-dental integration model employed in the University of North Dakota's Center for Family Medicine in Bismarck. This integrated care model provides dental screenings, fluoride varnish application, dental referrals, and care coordination for patients in the primary care setting while also educating medical residents and direct care staff quarterly on the direct relationship between oral health and overall health.
    Author(s): Schroeder, S., Knutson, S.
    Date: February 2020
    Type: Fact Sheet

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