On February 9th we held the press conference for the new Bismarck-Mandan Community Health Center, opening in April 2017! The Northland Community Health Center will be located at the old Cash Wise Video store, 914 S. 12th Street, Suite 201.
The Center is being funded by a federal New Access Point (NAP) Grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration. NAP grants are highly competitive and Northland is one of only 75 health centers to be awarded nationwide.
Northland was able to obtain this grant through the assistance of the American Indian community in Bismarck-Mandan, who wrote many letters of support and advocacy describing the need for such a center. Sacred Pipe Resource Center (SPRC) was able to provide specific data (through our survey, which many of you filled out!) about the health needs of the American Indian population. The American Indian Health Issues Community Engagement Team worked hard to advocate for the Center, and provided relevant information showing the great need for serving the medically underserved, particularly Native Americans.
“We have such high health disparities in the Native community, a lot of issues around healthcare and lack of access to healthcare,” said Cheryl Kary, Executive Director of SPRC.
One of the greatest advocates on this team was Diana Medicine Stone. Sadly, Diana was taken by cancer just before we learned of the grant award. She would have been so proud and is probably guiding the project with pride now.
Northland Community Health Centers of Bismarck-Mandan will serve all populations, with an emphasis on comprehensive primary health care services in areas that impact the underserved, underinsured, and vulnerable populations, especially American Indians.
- Northland Community Health Center will accept patients with and without health insurance.
- The Center will offer a sliding fee program based on family size and income.
- Services provided at the Bismarck clinic will include primary medical & preventive care, a walk-in clinic, and behavioral health.
Patrick Butler, CEO of Northland Health Centers, said the clinic could eventually expand, depending on the community’s needs.
We are now in the final phase of fundraising for the new Center for renovations, modifications to the building, and equipment. Help us reach our goal of raising $400,000! Your contribution is tax-deductible. Visit our new, permanent, Native Health Center resource page to learn how you can help.