17 North Dakota Communities Benefit From Rural Health Grant Program

We believe in supporting innovative solutions to help improve the health of North Dakotans in small towns. Throughout our company’s 77-year history, we have consistently worked with others to help improve North Dakota’s health care system.

That’s why we started a rural health care grant program in 2001. The Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota (BCBSND) Caring Foundation Rural Health Grant Program provides funding for activities, supplies, programs and events that support the health and wellness of rural North Dakotans.

The following organizations received grants from the program for the 2016-17 funding period:

  • Bottineau Public School – Adaptive equipment for the school’s special education program
  • Cooperstown Medical Center (CMC), in partnership with the Cooperstown Community Activities Authority (CCAA) – Equipment and supplies for a variety of events and activities
  • St. Luke’s Hospital in Crosby – St. Luke’s Second Annual Crosby Color Splash 5K Fun Run/Walk
  • Jacobson Memorial Hospital Care Center in Elgin, in partnership with Elgin/New Leipzig Public School – Equipment for a new community fitness center
  • Community Health Service Inc. (CHSI) in Grafton – Monthly “lunch and learns” and standing desks
  • Altru Health Foundation in Grand Forks, in partnership with Midway Public Schools – Outreach Prevention Education for students in grades 3 through 6
  • St. Aloisius Medical Center in Harvey, in partnership with the Harvey Kiwanis Club – New playground equipment for Centennial Park in Harvey
  • Central Valley Health District (CVHD) – A signed walking route in downtown Jamestown
  • Sanford Medical Center, Mayville – A walk/bike trail in Mayville-Portland and Finley
  • CHI St. Francis Milnor Clinic – Cardiovascular exercise equipment at the Milnor Area Community Center
  • UND Center for Family Medicine, Minot, in partnership with the Mid-Dakota Education Cooperative (MDEC) – Recess programs, indoor recess kits and corresponding activities
  • Oakes Community Hospital Foundation – Oakes Community Hospital Foundation 5K Community Fun Run
  • First Care Health Center, Park River, in partnership with the City of Park River and Park River Parks and Recreation –Park River 5K Color Dash and Bike Rodeo
  • Rolette Community Care Center – Outdoor play equipment for a licensed child care center within the community center
  • Heart of America Medical Center, Rugby – Diabetes self-management workshops and a 5K run/walk
  • Northland Community Health Center (NCHC), Turtle Lake – An employee wellness program
  • CHI St. Alexius Health Williston Medical Center – Mercy Medical Center 5K

The Rural Health Grant Program is administered by the Center for Rural Health at the University of North Dakota. Proposals for the 2017-18 funding period, which were due March 1, are currently under review. To learn more about the program and view a list of all the grants we’ve awarded since its launch in 2001, visit www.ruralhealth.und.edu/projects/bcbs.