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38th Dakota Conference on Rural and Public Health to be held June 14-16 in Bismarck

The 38th Annual Dakota Conference on Rural and Public Health, taking place June 14-16, 2023, will be held in Bismarck, N.D. Registration is now open. The Conference includes four keynote addresses, 16 sessions, four intensive sessions, a health workforce panel, a North Dakota Department of Health and Human Services panel, and a legislative policy panel. Continuing education credits will be available.

The Dakota Conference provides an opportunity for hundreds of healthcare professionals, educators, and students to share strategies for building and sustaining healthy communities in North Dakota. It includes two and one half days of pre and post conference meetings, keynote speakers, breakout sessions, poster presentations, and an awards banquet.

For more information about the Dakota Conference on Rural and Public Health, to see the schedule, or to register, visit The Rural and Public Health Awards Banquet will be held June 15, at 12:05 p.m. (Central) at the Bismarck Event Center.

Keynotes include:

  • Caring for Humans: Reflecting on what DEIA Values Mean for Your Career, presented by Anne Kelsch, Ph.D., director of faculty development, Teaching Transformation and Development Academy, at the University of North Dakota (UND), Grand Forks, N.D., and Anna Kinney, M.A., coordinator of University Writing Program, UND.
  • Harnessing the Power of Public Health Together, presented by Chris Chanyasulkit, Ph.D., M.P.H., president of the American Public Health Association, Temple University, Brookline, Mass.
  • Health Structural Change Including Value and Impact on Providers/Nurses, presented by Betty Rambur, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N., professor of nursing, Routhier Endowed Chair for Practice, and interim dean, College of Nursing, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, R.I.
  • Mission Possible: Recruitment and Retention, by Kostas Voutsas, M.B.A., M.S., H.R./O.D., professor of human resources, speaker, corporate trainer, Department of Management and Entrepreneurship, W.P. Carey School of Business, Arizona State University, Tempe, Ariz.

The Dakota Conference would like to thank Diamond Level exhibitors: Altru Health System, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota, and PCL Construction Services, and Platinum Level exhibitors: American Heart Association, People.Health, Signify, and the UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences. Gold Level exhibitors include: Rural Psychiatry Associates, Burrows Consulting, Eide Bailly, LLP, UND College of Nursing & Professional Disciplines, UND Public Health Program, North Dakota Area Health Education Center, JLG Architects, UND Financial Aid, National Board of Public Health Examiners, Homestyle Direct, Champ Software, Unite Us, Red River Secure Transport, Lake Region State College, North Central States Regional Council of Carpenters, HSIsolutions, and the UND Department of Indigenous Health.

The Dakota Conference is coordinated and facilitated by the Center for Rural Health (CRH) at the UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences. The planning committee is a partnership between Altru Health System, CRH, North Dakota Public Health Association, North Dakota Rural Health Association, and the UND College of Nursing and Professional Disciplines.