Community & School Health Programs
North Dakota Coordinated Approach to Child Health
ND CATCH is a coordinated school health program which builds an alliance of parents, teachers, child nutrition personnel, school staff, and community partners to teach children and their families how to be healthy for a lifetime. CHPPR professionals assisted eight North Dakota elementary schools in implementing ND CATCH and conducted a three-year rigorous evaluation of the programs. Results were health improvements in several areas including reductions in obesity levels.
The Plain Truth Media Campaign
CHPPR launched a series of state-of-the-art television and radio ads aimed at reducing initiation of tobacco use in North Dakota youth. These ads were aired as part of The Plain Truth media campaign throughout most of North Dakota. Following the campaign a telephone survey was conducted with youth in the targeted area to evaluate their responses to the different ads used in the campaign. Results were that ads that included graphic imagery of the health harms of tobacco use were most effective.
Assessment of Northern Plains American Indian Health
In coordination with several North Dakota Tribal Health leaders and researchers, CHPPR professionals adapted the telephone-based CDC survey—the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS)—to conduct face-to-face health interviews in North Dakota tribal communities. At the time of this project, there were no reliable health status estimates of American Indian adults living in North Dakota. We provided the data and summary results through reports and presentations to all participating communities. Tribal Health leaders used the findings to address priority health needs in their communities.
Sunka Wakan Ah-ku (Bringing Back the Horses)
A youth diversion program initiated by the Spirit Lake Tribal Court, Sunka Wakan Ah-ku reflects the American Indian Plains cultural foundation of interacting with horses. The goals of the program were to increase positive behaviors and decrease delinquency in a culturally congruent atmosphere. CHPPR professionals assisted the Spirit Lake Nation with evaluating their program and also working to bring together multiple tribes across the Northern Plains to form networks and partnerships for growth and evaluation of similar youth horse programs.
North Dakota Worksite Health Promotion Program
This multi-year program examined changes in health risks and associated healthcare costs following health promotion interventions with North Dakota State employees at four state agencies. Results from annual online employee health assessments showed increased physical activity, better dietary choices, and reduced risk for cardiovascular events, diabetes, and some types of cancer. A Fruit and Vegetable (F&V) program component which provided onsite F&Vs resulted in increased consumption in F&Vs that were maintained at 18-month follow-up.
Enhanced Prenatal Care Program
The Enhanced Prenatal Care (EPC) Program was a collaborative project between Tribal and School of Medicine healthcare providers and CHPPR professionals to provide preventive care services for women receiving prenatal care in an Indian Health Services clinic. Women participating in the EPC program had greater contact with health care providers, decreased tobacco use, increased F&V consumption, and increased breastfeeding compared to women who did not receive EPC services. EPC participants’ infants were healthier as measured by birth weights and APGAR scores.
North Dakota Violence Prevention Program
CHPPR professionals provided evaluation and consultation services for a healthcare organization’s program to prevent intimate partner violence. Working through several North Dakota community coalitions, results are ongoing and include significant training and evidence-based education outreach to health and human services professionals as well as to at-risk community members.