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Building Healthier Rural Community (BUILD) Grants

With these grants, rural health care providers and their communities collaborate to address their unique health and wellness challenges. The grants are offered jointly by the BCBSND Caring Foundation and the Center for Rural Health at the University of North Dakota, School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

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Congratulations to our 2023 awardees:

Southwest Health Services – Bowman will implement an employee health initiative, “Step It Up”, at Southwest Healthcare Services, to increase employee engagement, health and well-being, with the goal of continuing to provide exemplary care to the community.

Altru Foundation – Grand Forks/Devils Lake project focus will be on increasing health care access by implementing Remote Patient Monitoring for Altru Clinic Devils Lake's rural high risk OB patients.

West River Health Services – Hettinger will purchase Peloton exercise bikes with remote instruction capabilities and place them in the Community Fitness Center to ensure ongoing access to spin class instruction.

LaMoure County Public Health Dept. – LaMoure will build a pickleball court.

Nelson County Health System – McVille will send the only Teepa Snow Consultant in North Dakota to rural facilities to educate on dementia training.

Turtle Lake Hospital – Turtle Lake will open a community wellness center.

Milestone Health Partners, LLC – Williston will deliver remote therapeutic services directly into Milestone Health Partners to treat anxiety, depression, and trauma-related concerns in youth. This grant will help to continue the telehealth training program so that residents in western North Dakota can have more access to needed behavioral health services.