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NDSU to use $1.4 million dollar grant to establish American Indian Public Health Resource Center

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Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - NDSU has received a grant aimed at improving the health of Native Americans across the state. 

The university is using the three year, $1.4 million dollar grant to establish the American Indian Public Health Resource Center.

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It will be part of NDSU's master of public health program, the only one in the country with an American Indian specialization.

The goal is to provide technical assistance to tribal communities to manage their own health systems and operations.

NDSU's president sees long-term potential for the program.

Dean Bresciani/NDSU President: “The better we do at Native American health, the better we will become at garnering other resources for grants through other agencies, bringing those things together, I'd like to be very optimistic about the sustainability of this, and frankly I think it's of obvious importance to our state.”

The grant comes from the Leona and Harry Helmsley Charitable Trust and was matched by the North Dakota Higher Education Challenge Fund.

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