Welcome to North Country Community Health Services Agency!

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North Country

The North Country Community Health Board is a legal governing authority for local public health in Beltrami, Hubbard, Clearwater, and Lake of the Woods counties in Minnesota, and NCCHB works with Minnesota Department of Health in partnership to prevent diseases, protect against environmental hazards, promote healthy behaviors and healthy communities, respond to disasters, ensure access to health services, and assure an adequate local public health infrastructure. The NCCHB administers the Public Health programming according to MN statute 145A.


Updated information as of October 3, 2014

Here are some talking points for the public  to be aware of about the Ebola virus:

  • Ebola is not spread through the air. It is only spread through contact with blood or body fluid of a person with symptoms of Ebola or who has died from Ebola.
  • Ebola can be scary. But there's all the difference in the world between Minnesota and parts of Africa where Ebola is spreading. Minnesota has a strong health care system and public health professionals who will make sure this case does not threaten our communities. [A modification of a direct quote from Dr. Tom Frieden, Director of CDC.]
  • We know how to stop Ebola's further spread: thorough case finding, isolation of ill people, contacting people exposed to an ill person, and further isolation of contacts if they develop symptoms.
  • The Minnesota public health and medical system has prior experience with this type of rare disease. In April 2014, Minnesota had a case of Lassa fever, another type of viral hemorrhagic fever. Contacts were identified and monitored for 21 days. There was no additional disease spread from this case. Any hospital that can do isolation can treat Ebola.
  • Minnesota's public health system has been anticipating and preparing for a case of Ebola.
    • Enhancing surveillance  and laboratory testing capacity to detect cases
    • Providing recommendations for  healthcare infection control and other measures to prevent disease spread
    • Disseminating up-to-date information to the general public, international travelers, and public health partners
  • As long as there are cases occurring in Africa, we need to be on our guard--and we will be.

(as reported from MDH)

For more information visit the CDC or MDH website:




2014 North Country Community Health Board

Beltrami County

  • Billie Jean Gross - 9th Term
  • Dr. J.R. Parkin - 7th Term
  • Joe Vene - 4th Term

Clearwater County

  • Mary Tronerud - 4th Term
  • John Nelson - 4th Term

Hubbard County

  • Leah Pigatti - 4th Term
  • Cal Johannsen - 1st Term

Lake of the Woods County

  • Ken Moorman - 4th Term
  • Jan Olson - 10th Term

2014 North Country CHS Advisory Committee

Beltrami County

  • Linda Yourzcek - 4th Term
  • Joe Vene - 4th Term
  • Wendy Potratz - 2nd Term

Clearwater County

  • Mary Tronerud - 6th Term
  • John Nelson - 5th Term

Hubbard County

  • Leah Pigatti  - 5th Term
  • Helene Kahlstorf - 6th Term

Lake of the Woods County

  • Ken Moorman - 4th Term
  • Jan Olson - 13th Term


Public Health


10 Essential Services of Local Public Health

#1 Monitor health status to identify community health problems.

#2 Diagnose and investigate health problems and health hazards in the community.

#3 Inform, educate, and empower people about health issues.
#4 Mobilize community partnerships to identify and solve health problems.

#5 Develop policies and plans that support individual and community health efforts.

#6 Enforce laws and regulations that protect health and ensure safety.

#7 Link people to needed personal health services and assure the provision of health
care when otherwise unavailable.

#8 Assure a competent public health and personal health care workforce.

#9 Evaluate effectiveness, accessibility, and quality of personal and population-based
health services.

#10 Research for new insights and innovative solutions to health problems.


Minnesota Public Health