Public Health in North Dakota

Public Health Service

Public health has quite a few dimensions, and for the government to create a healthy society for its citizens, it needs to initiate and complete the execution of various programs to achieve standards and meet expectations of the healthcare needs of its people. The same holds for North Dakotans.

With this post, we will look at how the North Dakota Department of Health is covering aspects of healthcare. The government also convenes Legislative assemblies that examine health and formulate proposals (bills) for matters that need to be addressed. There is a political element to healthcare and an administrative element.

The major causes of death in North Dakota

To improve the public health, it is crucial to know what are primary causes of deteriorating health in our citizens. This is best seen from the leading causes of death in the region. In North Dakota, eight out of ten leading causes are health related:


Cause State Rank
1. Heart Disease 33
2. Cancer 42
3. Chronic Lower Respiratory Diseases      38
4. Accidents 32
5. Stroke 38 (tie)
6. Alzheimer’s Disease 3
7. Diabetes 21
8. Influenza and Pneumonia 33
9. Kidney Disease 29
10. Suicide 13


The legislative orientation shows that factors responsible for death are personal behavior and life style choices, amounting to 51%. The government of North Dakota is taking measures to integrate Public Health and primary care, this integration is hoped to increase the impact the health care system makes and create gains in sustainability. In order to manage and organize a proper response to these maladies the state of North Dakota has a well-organized health department that ensures healthcare across the spectrum.

The Department of Health

The department of health examines several broad categories including community health, emergency preparedness, medical services, health resources, and environmental health. The department of health provides resources. The government states that Life expectancy has increased by 25 years due to improves in public health. According to the, state firearms death rate is 11.8, higher than the national rate of 10.4. State drug poisoning death rate is 2.8 compared to national rate of 13.8.

Community Health Programs

Community health runs several programs regarding cancer prevention and control, chronic disease, family health, and nutrition and physical activity. Each of these programs has their own clauses that you can examine. The community health measures encourage overall healthy behavior and support healthcare improvement measures such as increasing awareness of risks and development policies and practices that fight outbreaks.

Emergency Preparedness and Response

The emergency preparedness and response section is dedicated to encouraging a state of readiness in case of disasters. They provide emergency medical systems and hospital preparedness programs, which supports emergency activities across healthcare needs. Assessment, planning, response, and support services are provided by the section.

The government also provides medical services that are focused towards disease prevention through disease monitoring, investigation, and endeavors in working with public and private health communities and projects. The government also provides a state forensic examiner, the examiner provides key insight and support to other government organizations such as the police force.

Environmental Health

Another important dimension of health is Environmental health. The government runs programs that examine air quality, provide Municipal facilities and waste management, and ensure water quality.

If you love how life is in North Dakota then you can thank the strides public health has made. Government servants are the heroes you can thank and support in your lives. Everyone from emergency response units to state legislators work to improve the standards of living in the state of North Dakota.