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North Dakota Women's Health CORE


A National Center of Excellence in Women's Health

Region VIII Demonstration Project



North Dakota Goes Red For Women




Informational Presentation

The University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences (UNDSMHS) Department of Family Medicine in partnership with Altru Health System has been selected as a National Center of Excellence (CoE) in Women's Health Region VIII Demonstration Project. (Region VIII: Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming)

In order to best express our commitment to the women of North Dakota , we have entitled the project the North Dakota Women's Health CORE (Clinical, Outreach, Research, Education).

Goals and Objectives
The CoE strives for an integrated model of health care, bringing together the five key areas (clinical, outreach, research, professional education, and leadership) into a single setting. The ideal clinical concept is a one-stop shop for women's health care integrated with the other components. The Demonstration Project will focus on the needs of women of all ages, with particular emphasis toward women in rural areas as well as the needs of diverse populations, especially Native American women.

CORE Components






Altru as the Clinical Care Center
Altru has dedicated its entire Obstetrics & Gynecology Department, located on the fourth floor of its Main Clinic Building , to serve as the Demonstration Project's Clinical Care Center . Altru has also been willing to work toward further integrating OB/GYN, Internal, and Family Medicine to provide a women's health model similar to its existing Diabetes Care Center .
Dr. Michael Brown, Demonstration Project Clinical Care Director and Chair of the Altru Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology has pledged his department's support. With this support, a collaborative management structure between UNDSMHS and Altru for the CoE Clinical Care Center will be used to effect the changes necessary to achieve integration of clinical services.

In 1996, the DHHS Office on Women's Health (OWH) established the CoE program with the goal of improving health care of American women. The CoE program is a means for designated centers to serve as catalysts in their communities and across the nation to address and provide for the advancement of women faculty, the integration of high quality research and training in women's health linked with community outreach and behavioral, dental and physical health care services. (Map)

The University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences CoE Demonstration Project designation occurred on September 31, 2004 when the Office on Women's Health, a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) awarded the contract. Funding of nearly $500,000 was received for the four-year project to develop a comprehensive, coordinated and integrated program to improve health care for women in North Dakota.


Keeping North Dakota Women Connected to a Healthier Tomorrow.


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North Dakota Women's Health CORE
National Center of Excellence in Women's Health Region VIII Demonstration Project
UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences, Room 2510
501 N. Columbia Rd.
Grand Forks, ND 58202-9037
Telephone: (701)777-3274
Fax: (701)777-3849