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We’re doing all we can to keep all North Dakotans, young and old, healthier and happier. Stay current with your general lifespan immunizations and your kids’ childhood vaccines through the Vaccines For Children (VFC) program, which helps provide vaccines to eligible children 0 through 18 years of age. Click the buttons below to learn more about the immunization schedules.

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Training exercise for emergency response and recovery operations is Feb. 29 at Ft. Lincoln

Monday, February 26, 2024 at 12:00 pm

Categories: Public Health

North Dakota Health and Human Services (HHS) Emergency Preparedness Unit and partners are conducting a full-scale exercise on Thursday, Feb. 29, at Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park. The exercise will provide training for a public health and medical response event involving HHS, N.D. Department of Emergency Services, N.D. Bureau of Criminal Investigation, N.D. Parks and Recreation Department, Morton County Sheriff’s Office, Morton County Emergency Management and other public health partners and aims to demonstrate the ability to conduct large-scale response and recovery operations.  


February 7-14 is Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week

Tuesday, February 13, 2024 at 02:00 pm

Categories: Public Health

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about one in four babies born with a heart defect has a critical congenital heart defect. Critical congenital heart disease is a group of serious heart conditions present at birth. These conditions may affect the heart’s shape, how it works or both. Birthing facilities in North Dakota are required to screen babies for critical congenital heart disease when they are born. North Dakota Health and Human Services (HHS) supports these screening efforts to ensure all babies are screened for certain rare, but serious health conditions at birth. 


North Dakota Health and Human Services supports oral health through education, preventive screening, services and child health coverage

Monday, February 5, 2024 at 12:00 pm

Categories: Public Health

February is Children’s Dental Health Month

February is nationally designated as Children’s Dental Health Month. In observance, North Dakota Health and Human Services (HHS) joins dental professionals, health care providers, educators and other partners in promoting good oral health to children, their parents and caregivers, teachers and others.


This American Heart Month: Know your blood pressure numbers

Friday, February 2, 2024 at 11:30 am

Categories: Public Health

February is American Heart Month, a month to raise awareness about heart disease and prevention. North Dakota Health and Human Services (HHS) wants North Dakotans to know their risk factors, especially their blood pressure numbers and actions they can take to support their heart health.


HHS launches health care workforce recruitment initiative, Love You to Stay to address health care needs in underserved areas

Sunday, January 28, 2024 at 01:00 pm

Categories: Public Health

North Dakota Health and Human Services (HHS) is incentivizing new health care graduates and established health professionals to choose North Dakota as their career location through the department’s latest health care recruitment initiative, Love You to Stay.

Love You to Stay aims to address health care needs in underserved and rural areas by providing avenues of support with partnering agencies that connect health care professionals to promising career opportunities in North Dakota.


North Dakota Health and Human Services seeks Youth Advisory Board members

Friday, January 26, 2024 at 11:30 am

Categories: Public Health

North Dakota Health and Human Services (HHS) is seeking youth aged 15-21 to serve on a Youth Health Advisory Board.

The purpose of the advisory board is to offer an opportunity for youth to make a difference in North Dakota communities by planning, implementing and advising on meaningful projects and topics to improve the health of North Dakota youth. The advisory board provides young people a chance to learn about, and put into action, community-wide planning and enhance leadership skills and responsibility. 


Women’s Way encourages women to make cervical cancer screening a priority

Friday, January 12, 2024 at 10:00 am

Categories: Public Health

This January, during Cervical Cancer Prevention Month, North Dakota’s breast and cervical cancer early detection program, known as Women's Way, encourages women to stay on track with important preventive health screenings – including cervical cancer screenings. Women’s Way is administered through North Dakota Health and Human Services and local health partners.


2024 brings new scheduling options for Bismarck Child Car Seat Checkups

Tuesday, January 9, 2024 at 04:00 pm

Categories: Public Health

The new year is bringing changes to child car seat checkups in the Bismarck-Mandan area. These free checkups are available for parents and other caregivers and are offered in a climate-controlled area at Puklich Chevrolet in Bismarck. 


Share gratitude, not foodborne illness, this Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 16, 2023 at 02:00 pm

Categories: Public Health

Roughly 1 in 6 Americans get sick due to foodborne diseases each year. Since Thanksgiving is a holiday known for the preparation of large meals to be enjoyed between friends and family, North Dakota Health and Human Services (HHS) wants to remind North Dakotans that preparing and handling food in the correct way is important to prevent foodborne illnesses.


HHS highlights the importance of prevention during Diabetes Awareness Month

Monday, November 13, 2023 at 01:30 pm

Categories: Public Health

An estimated 57,800 adults in North Dakota are living with diabetes and 15,000 may not know it.

This November during Diabetes Awareness Month, North Dakota Health and Human Services (HHS) reminds North Dakotans about the importance of prevention, as well as access to treatment and support services for individuals living with diabetes.


HHS encourages North Dakotans to give prevention your attention and get immunized against respiratory illnesses

Monday, September 25, 2023 at 11:45 am

Categories: Public Health

North Dakota Health and Human Services (HHS) is encouraging all North Dakotans to choose to be immunized against respiratory infections to prevent serious illness.

These infections, which include influenza, respiratory syncytial (sin-SISH-uhl) virus (RSV), and COVID-19, can follow a seasonal pattern with more cases in late fall and winter. During the 2022-2023 season, these viruses placed a heavy burden on families and health care systems.


Increase of West Nile Virus cases reported in North Dakota

Wednesday, August 23, 2023 at 11:15 am

Categories: Public Health

The North Dakota Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has seen a rise in reported West Nile virus (WNV) cases in recent weeks. State health officials are reminding people to continue taking precautions against mosquito bites that can cause WNV infection. 

As of Aug. 22, North Dakota reported nine human WNV cases, with additional cases pending further results. Of the nine cases, eight were hospitalized, and seven were neuroinvasive cases. In addition to human cases, three birds and 22 mosquito pools have also tested positive for WNV.  


Back-to-School health and well-being

Friday, August 11, 2023

Categories: Behavioral Health, Children and families, Economic Assistance, Immunization, Public Health

North Dakota Health and Human Services (HHS) recommends some back-to-school health and well-being practices to support strong, stable families and vibrant communities. 


Organizations invited to be a part of Gateway to Health event Aug. 26 in Bismarck

Thursday, July 13, 2023 at 09:10 am

Categories: Public Health

Bismarck-Mandan area families will be able to participate in a no-cost Gateway to Health event promoting the health and well-being of children, youth and families on Saturday, Aug. 26, at the new Gateway to Science in Bismarck. 

Local companies and organizations are invited to participate as exhibitors and sponsors to demonstrate their commitment to supporting the health of North Dakota’s youth and families in the community. 


North Dakota Celebrates Men’s Health in June

Wednesday, June 14, 2023 at 09:45 am

Categories: Public Health

Communities around the globe, including North Dakota, recognize June as Men’s Health Month, an annual observance dedicated to education and activities promoting the health and wellness of men and boys. This year also marks the 29th anniversary of the establishment of National Men’s Health Week, which is being celebrated June 12-18 this year as part of the larger awareness campaign of Men’s Health Month.


Cleaning reminders to help prevent hantavirus

Friday, May 19, 2023 at 09:30 am

Categories: Public Health

North Dakota Health and Human Services (HHS) is encouraging the public to take steps to protect against hantavirus disease. As the weather begins to warm, many people will be cleaning cabins, sheds and other outdoor buildings that have been closed for the winter. These are places that exposure to hantavirus is more likely to occur.  


Take Precautions to Prevent Tick Bites

Thursday, May 18, 2023 at 02:00 pm

Categories: Public Health

North Dakota Health and Human Services (HHS) recommends people take precautions against ticks and the diseases they carry.


Parents are reminded to make sure children are ready for the 2023-24 school year with immunizations

Tuesday, May 16, 2023 at 11:00 am

Categories: Public Health

As another school year wraps up and families are planning for summer, North Dakota Health and Human Services (HHS) is reminding parents and caregivers to make sure their children are current on immunizations. Many pediatric and family practice clinics throughout the state are already booking wellness and physical activity appointments into the next few months. Making an appointment now ensures that your child is ready for the upcoming school year.


WIC Program Announces New Income Levels for Eligibility

Friday, May 12, 2023 at 11:20 am

Categories: Public Health

Income eligibility guidelines for the North Dakota Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) have increased based on changes in the federal poverty levels.  The change increases the amount of income a family can make and still qualify for services. Effective May 1, 2023, a family of four can earn up to $4,625 each month (or $55,500 annually) and meet the new WIC income eligibility requirements. 


Health and Human Services focuses on prevention, health and well-being as state moves past pandemic  

Thursday, May 11, 2023 at 11:00 am

Categories: Public Health

With the end of the federal COVID-19 public health emergency today, North Dakota Health and Human Services (HHS) reminds North Dakotans about health priorities, early intervention and prevention, and the programs and services that are available to support health and well-being.  


HHS announces increase in qualifying income levels for children and youth with special health care needs

Friday, May 5, 2023 at 09:16 am

Categories: Public Health

Income eligibility guidelines for diagnostic and treatment services available through North Dakota Health and Human Services (HHS) Special Health Services Unit (SHS) have increased based on changes in the federal poverty levels. The change increases the amount of income a family can earn and still qualify for services. Effective May 1, 2023, a family of four can earn up to $55,500 annually (or $4,625 monthly per household) and still meet income eligibility requirements.


National Public Health Week is April 3-9; HHS recognizes public health professionals for providing important health services 

Monday, April 3, 2023 at 04:20 pm

Categories: Public Health

North Dakota Health and Human Services (HHS) is celebrating National Public Health Week, April 3-9, and recognizing the public health professionals on its team, in local public health units, and in other settings who work to improve the health, well-being and quality of life of North Dakotans of all ages across the state.


March 19-25 is National Poison Prevention Week

Monday, March 20, 2023 at 10:30 am

Categories: Public Health

March 19-25 is nationally recognized as Poison Prevention Week. This year’s National Poison Prevention Week theme, “When poison happens, we’re here for you” aims to raise awareness of the danger of poisons and provide appropriate resources available to citizens. This week, North Dakota Health and Human Services (HHS) is raising awareness about the resources available to families in the event of poisoning. HHS also wants citizens to know that poison centers are available 24/7 for questions and emergencies.


February is Designated as Children’s Dental Health Month

Friday, February 10, 2023 at 08:40 am

Categories: Public Health

February is nationally designated as Children’s Dental Health Month. This month-long health observance brings together dental professionals, health care providers and educators to promote the benefits of good oral health to children, their parents and other caregivers, teachers and others.


ND Medicaid extends health care coverage for pregnant and new mothers from 60 days to 12 months after pregnancy

Thursday, January 5, 2023 at 12:20 pm

Categories: Public Health

On Jan. 1, 2023, North Dakota Health and Human Services’ Medicaid program extended health care coverage for eligible pregnant and new mothers from 60 days to 12 months after pregnancy to help improve maternal and child health outcomes and overall well-being. 


January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month

Tuesday, January 3, 2023 at 01:30 pm

Categories: Public Health

As medical care and treatment have improved, babies and children with birth defects are living longer and healthier lives. Recent reports show that rates of infant deaths due to birth defects have declined by 10% in the United States. However, every 4½ minutes a baby is born with a major birth defect in the United States. That’s why North Dakota Health and Human Services (HHS) is promoting Birth Defects Prevention Month and working to increase awareness.


HHS Primary Care Office is now accepting applications for the North Dakota Health Service Corps

Wednesday, December 28, 2022 at 12:30 am

Categories: Public Health

The North Dakota Health and Human Services (HHS) Primary Care Office is now accepting applications for the North Dakota Health Service Corps from qualified health care professionals and health care sites.


Agencies team up to prevent impaired driving during the holiday season

Thursday, December 15, 2022 at 10:00 am

Categories: Behavioral Health, Public Health

December is National Impaired Driving Prevention Month. The North Dakota Health and Human Services (HHS) Behavioral Health Division (BHD) and Vision Zero are teaming up to raise awareness about ways to prevent injuries and deaths resulting from impaired driving during the holiday season. 


Bivalent COVID-19 vaccine recommendation expands to include children ages 6 months through 5 years 

Monday, December 12, 2022 at 03:30 pm

Categories: Public Health

Last week, following authorization by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended expanded use of the bivalent COVID-19 vaccine to children ages 6 months through 5 years.


Promoting access to HIV testing on World AIDS Day

Thursday, December 1, 2022 at 03:30 pm

Categories: Public Health

World AIDS Day is recognized every year on December 1, to bring awareness to the response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic. This day is a time to reflect on the response efforts, while also honoring the lives of those lost to AIDS-related illnesses and showing support for those living with HIV. 


North Dakota designates CHI Mercy Hospital in Valley City as its first Acute Cardiac Ready Hospital

Tuesday, November 29, 2022 at 10:50 am

Categories: Public Health

North Dakota Health and Human Services (HHS) Emergency Medical Systems Unit recognizes CHI Mercy Health Valley City as the first Acute Cardiac Ready Hospital in North Dakota.


ND Health and Human Services celebrates second annual Public Health Thank You Day 

Monday, November 21, 2022 at 12:30 pm

Categories: Public Health

On Monday, Nov. 21, as part of a national recognition, North Dakota Health and Human Services (HHS) celebrates Public Health Thank You Day.  


Influenza cases increase in North Dakota prompting vaccination reminder

Monday, November 14, 2022 at 10:00 am

Categories: Immunization, Public Health

The North Dakota Department of Health and Humans Services (HHS) is encouraging all North Dakotans to choose to be vaccinated against influenza. Nationwide, and in North Dakota, there has been an increase in influenza in recent weeks. This increase in influenza cases has happened in conjunction with an early increase in other respiratory viruses, especially among children.


North Dakota state agencies promote One Health Day

Thursday, November 3, 2022

Categories: Public Health

Nov. 3, 2022, marks the seventh annual One Health Day, a Global Day of Action that promotes awareness of the relationships among human, animal and ecosystem health. North Dakota’s Department of Agriculture (NDDA), Game and Fish Department (NDGF), Department of Environmental Quality (NDDEQ), and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) encourage the public to recognize the interconnection of people, animals, plants and the environment they share.


Active Tuberculosis (TB) case identified in Nelson County

Thursday, October 27, 2022 at 01:42 pm

Categories: Public Health

The North Dakota Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Nelson-Griggs District Health Unit are investigating a reported case of active Tuberculosis Disease (TB) in Nelson County.


ND Health and Human Services recommends measures for RSV prevention

Thursday, October 27, 2022 at 01:35 pm

Categories: Public Health

North Dakota Health and Human Services (HHS) has received reports of increased numbers of pediatric hospitalizations due to respiratory syncytial (sin-SISH-uhl) virus, otherwise known as RSV. Due to the current increased activity, HHS is encouraging broader testing for RSV among young children and older adults who have acute (severe) respiratory illness. 


Public Health audit shows strength of pandemic response, vaccine distribution; identifies opportunities to improve documentation

Tuesday, October 18, 2022 at 02:30 pm

Categories: Immunization, Public Health

Today, the North Dakota Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Public Health Division responded to the final report of an audit of the Department of Health conducted by the Office of the State Auditor that covered the biennium ending June 2021.

“The auditor’s office spent over one year completing their inquiry. During this time, they reviewed testing of compliance and financial records, contact tracing, COVID-19 deaths, COVID-19 vaccine storage, handling and distribution, COVID-19 testing and reporting, and COVID-19 dashboards and information systems and had no findings for these areas,” said HHS Public Health Division Executive Director Dirk Wilke.


Governor Burgum Proclaims October as Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Month and October 15 as Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day

Friday, October 14, 2022 at 12:30 pm

Categories: Children and families, Public Health

Governor Doug Burgum has proclaimed October as Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Month and October 15 as Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day. In North Dakota, approximately 59 pregnancies end in miscarriage or stillbirth each year (after 20 weeks of pregnancy).


North Dakota Symposium on Adults, Aging and Disabilities is Oct. 26-27 in Bismarck 

Friday, October 14, 2022 at 09:30 am

Categories: Public Health

Health and human service professionals and service providers are invited to attend the North Dakota Symposium on Adults, Aging and Disabilities, Oct. 26-27, at the Radisson Hotel in Bismarck.   


Bivalent COVID-19 booster recommendation expands to include ages 5 and up

Thursday, October 13, 2022

Categories: Children and families, COVID-19, Immunization, Public Health

This week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended expanded use of the newly-available bivalent COVID-19 vaccines as a single-dose booster for children ages 5 to 11 who previously completed the primary series at least two months prior.


October is Influenza Prevention Month in North Dakota, North Dakota Health and Human Services encourages flu vaccine before Halloween

Tuesday, October 4, 2022 at 09:00 am

Categories: Children and families, Public Health

Gov. Burgum proclaimed the month of October as Influenza Prevention Month and the North Dakota Department of Health and Human Services is reminding everyone to get vaccinated against influenza (flu) this fall.


Warning issued about potential rabies exposure - updated September 16

Friday, September 16, 2022 at 07:00 pm

Categories: Public Health

North Dakota Health and Human Services (HHS) was notified on September 16, 2022, that the raccoon identified in connection with the incident at the Maddock Bar tested negative for rabies.

HHS issued a statement on September 13 regarding the situation, as at that time the whereabouts of the raccoon were still being determined. 

Both the original story and the update are available in this post.


State agencies encourage safety around live poultry to avoid illness

Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Categories: Public Health

North Dakota Health and Human Services (HHS) and the North Dakota Department of Agriculture (NDDA) encourage people who come into contact with live poultry to take precautions to avoid illness. Contact with live poultry or their environments can be a source of germs such as Salmonella, Campylobacter, and E. coli. There is also a potential for infection with avian Influenza A virus.


Increase of West Nile Virus cases reported in North Dakota

Thursday, September 8, 2022

Categories: Public Health

The North Dakota Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has seen a rise in reported West Nile virus (WNV) cases in recent weeks. State health officials are reminding people to continue taking precautions against mosquito bites that can cause WNV infection.


NDDoH encourages COVID-19 booster vaccines for all eligible adults

Tuesday, November 23, 2021 at 11:00 pm

Categories: COVID-19, Public Health

NDDoH releases statement on FDA approval, CDC recommendation of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine booster doses

Friday, September 24, 2021 at 09:30 am

Categories: COVID-19, Public Health

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