Northland Community Health Center of Bismarck-Mandan
The new Community Health Center, developed in partnership with Northland Health Partners Community Health Center (NCHC), is scheduled to open in April, 2017. It will provide comprehensive primary and preventive care, behavioral health services, and a walk-in clinic. There will also be specific cultural services and programs developed as part of this effort.
The center is being funded by a New Access Point (NAP) Grant through the Health Resources and Services Administration, and by the Return to Wellness fundraising initiative.
In 2015, the Sacred Pipe Resource Center developed the American Indian Health Issues Community Engagement Team (CET) to address the healthcare needs of the American Indian population in the Bismarck-Mandan (and surrounding) area. The team identified healthcare services as a priority for the community. The long-term vision of the American Indian Health Issues CET was to establish a community health center.
Statistics show that nearly 67 percent of the nation's 4.1 million self-identified American Indians and Alaska Natives, or about 2.8 million people, call U.S. cities home. However, there is no uniform policy regarding urban Indian health. This leaves significant numbers of the American Indian population at risk for lack of healthcare. In fact, urban Indian youth are at greater risk for serious mental health and substance abuse problems, suicide, increased gang activity, teen pregnancy, abuse, and neglect. Recent studies of the urban Indian population document poor health status and reveal that lack of adequate health care services are a serious problem for most families.
Partners who came to the table to discuss the issue of a local community health center believed a partnership with an existing center would be a prudent way to accomplish the goal. Further collaborative work developed into a partnership with the Northland Health Partners Community Health Center (NCHC) to write a New Access Point (NAP) grant.