Welcome to North Country Community Health Services Agency!

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.

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Updated information as of November 5, 2014

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

After consulting with a team of experts in public health, medicine, ethics and law, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton and Minnesota Health Commissioner Dr. Ed Ehlinger announced the framework for Minnesota’s plans to monitor the health of any individual returning to Minnesota after traveling from one of the countries in West Africa affected by the Ebola outbreak.

"My number one priority is to do whatever will best protect all Minnesotans from exposure to this disease. We believe the framework we are announcing today provides the most effective, science-based approach we can take to carefully monitor individuals and protect the public while ensuring the rights of citizens are not abused," Gov. Dayton said.

Ebola Information Line: 651-201-3920 or 1-800-657-3903.

The line will be staffed during regular business hours, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. MDH has made arrangements for a translation service to help facilitate calls from those who do not speak English.
 

How we are preparing for Ebola in Minnesota? 

Leaders throughout the local, public health agencies continue to be updated with calls from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Minnesota Department of Health to get the latest news, updates, and recommendations to keep our communities, facilities, staffs, and patients safe. Departments throughout the organizations continue to collectively strategize to be sure we are prepared.

http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/idepc/diseases/vhf/response.html

 

(as reported from MDH)

 

 

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