Health Equity Committees

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State Leadership

 

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Mission


 

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The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) Health Equity Office (HEO) works to understand and reduce health disparities among all North Dakotans. The primary goal is to reduce rates of disease by providing opportunities for interventions and improving access to health care. This will ensure all North Dakotans receive the highest quality of health.

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Health Equity Office Organizational Chart


 

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Meet the Team


 

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Krissie

Krissie Guerard, MS
Health Equity Director

Alicia

Alicia Belay, MPH, PhD
Assistant Health Equity Director

Jorden

Jorden Laducer
Special Populations Coordinator

Kiamya

Kiamya Philson
Health Equity Immunization Coordinator

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Katarina

Katarina Domitrovich
Health Equity Coordinator

Sargam

Sargam Ghimire
New American/Foreign
Born/Immigrant (NFI)
Health Liaison

Sara

Sara Upgren
Administrative Assistant III

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Jamie

Jamie Thongphet
Tribal Health Liaison

Hunter

Hunter Parisien
Tribal Health Liaison

Smith

Cheyenne M. Smith
Tribal Health Liaison

Beverly

Beverly I. Anaele, MPH
Health Equity/Epidemiology
Public Health Associate

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Ruth

Ruth Nwatu
Health Equity Public Health Associate

Antwi

Juliana Gyamfuah Antwi
North Dakota State University
MPH Graduate Assistant
Health Equity Office Intern

Asiedu

Asiedu Valentina Bamfowaa
North Dakota State University
MPH Graduate Assistant
Health Equity Office Intern

Payton

Payton Drent
North Dakota State University
Undergraduate Research Assistant
Public Health Research Intern

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Health Equity Committee Mission


 

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The ND Health Equity Committee is a statewide leadership committee to address health inequities that include social, economic, and environmental disparities. Members are dedicated to increasing access to quality health care concerning affordability, availability, accessibility, accommodation, and acceptability. The committee will promote cultural strengthening and safety while implementing strategies founded on collaboration, data, advocacy, policy, and resource alignment for all North Dakotans. Members will serve to educate, inform, and advise the North Dakota Department of Health, ensuring that social determinants of health and matters related to health equity are adequately addressed.

 

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Health Equity Committee Members


 

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  • Alicia Belay, PhD, MPH, NDDoH, Health Equity Office, Public Health Specialist (co-chair, NFI Advisory Board)
  • Beverly I. Anaele, MPH, NDDoH Health Equity Office/Epidemiology Associate 
  • Brenda Finn, Tribal Projects Lead-Medical/Medicaid DHHS
  • Chandler Esslinger, Community Health Specialist, Essentia Health
  • Devaiah Muccatira, Research Analyst / State Systems Development Coordinator
  • Gordana Cokrlic, Ryan White Program Coordinator
  • Grace N. Njau, Division Director, Special Projects & Health Analytics
  • Jorden Laducer, NDDoH Special Populations Coordinator
  • Karen K. Ehrens, R.D., L.R.D., Coordinator, Creating a Hunger Free North Dakota Coalition
  • Kelly Nagel, MS, RD, Director, Office of Systems and Performance
  • Kiamya Philson, NDDoH Health Equity Immunization Coordinator
  • Kodi Pinks, MPH, Director, Non-Infectious Disease Surveillance & Data Management
  • Krissie Guerard, MS, NDDoH Health Equity Director, MCH Grant Coordinator
  • Melanie Nadeau, PhD, MPH, Assistant Director/Assistant Professor, Public Health Program, University of North Dakota
  • Ramona Danielson, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Public Health, NDSU
  • Ryan Eagle, AIPHRC – Public Health Research Project Manager
  • Shannon Bacon, Health Equity Manager, Community HealthCare Association of the Dakotas
  • Tracy K. Miller, PhD, MPH, State Epidemiologist
  • Vanessa Tibbitts, Program Leader, American Indian Public Health Resource Center
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