Our Work - Health
Improving people's health and social well-being, and strengthening basic need/emergency services by: investing in local partner agency programs and services; developing community initiatives that respond to gaps and immediate needs; and strategically engaging with partners in implementing aligned strategies that help us build a stronger community.
Partner Agencies focused on Health
In 2011, United
Way of Bemidji Area invested
$134,700 in programs and
services that improve people's health and social well-being
and provide basic need/emergency services through the
following Partner Agencies:
Adult Day Services
Bemidji Community Soup Kitchen
Family Advocacy Center - Child Advocacy Center
Lutheran Social Services
Northern Dental Access Center
Red Cross Emergency Disaster Services
Paul Bunyan Amateur Radio Club
Paul Bunyan Senior Activity Center
Rural Aids Action Network - RAAN
Sexual Assault Program
Upper Mississippi Mental Health Center - Child and Adolescent Therapeutic Services
Village of Hope - Ours to Serve House of Hospitality
North Star Chapter American Red Cross was awarded a
Venture Grant in the amount of $1,375 for Citizen CPR Day.
The purpose of the new America Red Cross “Citizen CPR”
course is to teach untrained bystanders to perform
hands-only CPR. Having more citizen bystanders trained
in this simple skill will save lives by putting more cardiac
arrest victims within a few steps of lifesaving assistance.
In October 2010, the America Red Cross announced a campaign
to train 5 million people nationwide in hands-only CPR.
The North Star Chapter proposes to train 100 area residents
during the Beltrami Country Fair, August 10-14, 2011.
Successful implementation of the Citizen CPR project will
result in 100 people prepared to respond correctly in the
event they witness a sudden cardiac arrest. Each
participate will be tested for proper use of skills during
the training. The Chapter will survey
participants within one year to evaluate their continued
state of readiness to respond.
Northern Dental Access Center was awarded a Venture Grant in the amount of $2,500 for non-enrolled patient access. The Venture Grant will provide funding for Community Resource Connections (CRC) to offer intake services on behalf of Northern Dental Access. The intake services will be used to determine if clients who are currently not enrolled in Minnesota Health Care would be eligible to receive care under Northern Dental’s new Non-Enrolled Patient Schedule. The Non-Enrolled Patient Schedule offers discounted rates for basic dental services, available to eligible people on a cash basis. With Community Resource Connection’s expertise in a wide variety of social service programs and their current location of a satellite office at the dental clinic, it makes them the perfect partner in managing the eligibility process. In addition, CRC can offer additional help in identifying fuel assistance, food stamps, child care subsidies, insurance counseling and more. In the end of the first four months, more than 60 people will have received help in accessing dental care, who could not before; this will improve their health and life outcomes; and, policies and procedures will be refined to allow for successful expansion of the program.
Beltrami County - Caring Communities Strategies Aligned Management Group
Community Impact Initiatives