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The mission of the Community Engagement Unit is to understand and reduce health disparities among all North Dakotans. The primary goal is to work alongside North Dakota communities in addressing health-related needs to reduce disease rates by providing opportunities for interventions and improving access to health care.
This will ensure that all North Dakotans have the ability to reach their optimal health.

The HHS Sexually Transmitted and Bloodborne Diseases Unit to enhance and support HIV, STI, Viral Hepatitis and Tuberculosis programs through assessment, assurance and policy development. For each of these core public health functions, there are activities essential to these programs. These key activities include:
  • Monitor the incidence and estimated prevalence of HIV, STIs, Viral Hepatitis and Tuberculosis in the state.
  • Assess the risks for these infections and develop effective prevention strategies including providing information to the public on preventing transmission of HIV, STIs, Viral Hepatitis and Tuberculosis.
  • Educating health care professionals that serve individuals at risk and target populations who are at risk for HIV, STIs, Viral Hepatitis and Tuberculosis.
  • Coordinate and implement a HIV and hepatitis C testing program for those at risk.
  • The North Dakota's Ryan White Program Part B provides access to HIV-related medical care and treatment, case management, and core and support services.
The Unit works on these key activities towards a vision of a North Dakota being a place where HIV, STIs, Viral Hepatitis and Tuberculosis infections are prevented and where every person has high-quality prevention, care and  treatment services while living free from stigma and discrimination.  This vision includes all people, regardless of age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, religion, disability, geographic location, or socioeconomic circumstance.

Funding for this conference was made possible (in part) by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services, nor does the mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.
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