The State Targeted Response (STR) to the Opioid Crisis grant is federally funded for five community and four tribal grantees awarded through the state of North Dakota.

  • Educate the public on the dangers of tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke.
  • Work with businesses to implement smoke-free policies in the workplace.
  • Employ counter-marketing and media advocacy strategies to combat tobacco industry influence.
  • Ensure compliance with laws restricting minors’ access to tobacco by assisting local law enforcement in conducting compliance checks.
  • Provide information to state and local policy makers and community members regarding current issues in tobacco control.

The Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) Partnership for Success (PFS) grant is a federally funded grant program. The state of North Dakota awarded funds to 10 high need N.D. Local Public Health Units & Tribes in 2014 and 2016. 

The four overarching goals of the SPF-PFS grant are:

What We Do:

  • Explore options to implement Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) locally
  • Become a Narcan-Ready community by increasing access to Narcan throughout Barnes County
  • Educate the community on Substance Use Disorders
  • Provide Mental Health First Aid training
  • Offer peer support for recovering individuals with Substance Use Disorders 

The five main goals of the grant are to:

  • Preventing the onset and reducing the progression of substance use
  • Reducing substance use-related problems
  • Strengthening prevention capacity at the state and community level
  • Leveraging, redirecting and aligning funding resources for prevention

City-County Health District has grown a robust substance use prevention program over time, and now includes programming across the ATOD (Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs) Spectrum.  We use evidence-based practices to provide quality education, resources and services to the community. 

There’s an often-told parable about a person, fishing along the banks of a river. Suddenly, he sees a woman drowning
in the water. The fisherman acts quickly, jumping into the water pulling her out to safety. Once ashore, he notices
another person in the river in need of help. Again he reacts and jumps in to save this drowning victim. Before long, the
river is filled with drowning people and the fisherman is struggling. After several hours, he is exhausted and
defeated because he is unable to save everyone.

At that point, the fisherman makes the decision to walk upstream to determine why people are falling                                                                    into the river in the first place. While walking upstream, the fisherman notices the bridge leading                                                                                across the river has a large hole through which people are falling. He realizes that fixing                                                                                          the hole in the bridge will prevent many people from ever falling into the river                                                                                                              in the first place. This is prevention.