Rural Health & Communities
Our goal is to help rural communities solve their unique health and social problems.
Along with access to health care, rural and tribal communities face social problems, such as opioid addiction, alcohol dependence and domestic violence, said Thomasine Heitkamp, champion of the rural health and communities Grand Challenge.
“The needs are greatest in those rural and tribal communities,” said Heitkamp.
An addiction research center, headquartered at UND and serving other states in the region, could harness addiction science and research, leading to better health outcomes and increased productivity. The center would work with other areas on campus, including nursing, medicine and social work. It could also partner with NDSU and other institutions of higher education in the region.
Already highly successful in attracting federal and private funding, Heitkamp believes the center would leverage that funding while benefiting North Dakotans.
“You can’t solve this problem in silos,” said Heitkamp. “This would save dollars, families and lives, and every dollar spent in treatment saves $4 to $7.”
UND’s Rural Health & Communities Capabilities
- Robust research and outreach to rural and tribal communities from the Center for Rural Health, Nursing, Social Work, Psychology Departments, and Northern Plains Center for Behavioral Health.
- Recognized leader in addressing addiction prevention, treatment and recovery.
Benefits to North Dakota
- UND’s rural health research and outreach address such social and health issues as addiction (opioid/opiate, methamphetamine, alcohol), domestic violence and trauma.
- Significant positive impacts on individual and community health as well as workforce productivity.
UND serves the health needs of our residents in rural and tribal communities.
Mountain Plains Addiction Technology Transfer Center
UND's $3.7 million federally funded ATTC is the regional focal point of a nationwide effort to combat drug abuse effects, particularly related to the opioid overdose epidemic.
Domestic Violence in Tribal Communities
With funding from the National Institute of Justice, we're studying domestic violence in tribal communities.
IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence
UND's National Institute of Health (NIH) funded program builds biomedical research capabilities at primarily undergraduate institutions and tribal colleges in North Dakota.