Although good oral health is important at all ages, in general older adults, especially those in long-term care facilities, often lack access to oral health care. To address oral health care needs of older adults living in long-term care facilities, the North Dakota Department of Health's Oral Health Program received a grant from the DentaQuest Foundation. To begin work, the Oral Health Program created a working group of stakeholders in 2017 with the objective to "Increase the number of long-term care facilities adopting a policy or procedure for residents to receive a dental screening by a dental professional." In this article, Dr. Nancy Hodur, director of the Center for Social Research at North Dakota State University, gives a brief overview and highlights a few resources that resulted from the work of the Older Adults Oral Health Program working group.
The poverty rate differs greatly among North Dakota's largest cities. Two of these cities, Fargo and Grand Forks, are home to the two largest universities in North Dakota (North Dakota State University and University of North Dakota) which enroll approximately 14,000 students per year, each. According to a U.S. Census Bureau
study, the poverty rate for these two cities is significantly impacted by the number of students living within the community, especially the number of students that live off campus (i.e., not with family or in student dorms). Taking both poverty calculations (i.e., poverty rate overall and poverty rate excluding off-campus students) in those cities into consideration may help local planners and organizations when designing programs to reduce poverty.
North Dakota Compass recently updated a large amount of economy and workforce data, which means new analysis of the data and updated trends! Cozy up to this newly updated North Dakota Economy and Workforce Trends to help you understand how they could influence your work and organization.
At the end of 2017, the Bush Foundation sponsored an external evaluation of the North Dakota Compass project. The evaluation gave us further insight into the project by supporting assumptions in terms of the needs addressed by ND Compass, about who is using the website and what are they using it for. The evaluation also helped us validate the strengths of the project and demonstrate impact by providing examples of success. To share all of these with our users and supporters, we created a promotional document North Dakota Compass, 2017 Evaluation Highlights.