Department Overview

The North Dakota Department of Health employs about 300 people dedicated to making North Dakota a healthier place to live.

The six sections of the department include:

  • Fiscal & Operations
  • Medical Services
  • Healthy & Safe Communities
  • Health Resources
  • Emergency Preparedness and Response

Employees in these sections provide public health services that benefit the citizens of North Dakota.

Mission Statement

Improve the length and quality of life for all North Dakotans.  

Values  

The North Dakota Department of Health values:

  • Excellence in providing services to the citizens of North Dakota
  • Credibility in providing accurate information and appropriate services.
  • Respect for our employees, our coworkers, our stakeholders and the public.
  • Creativity in developing solutions to address our strategic initiatives.
  • Efficiency and effectiveness in achieving strategic outcomes.

Strategic Plan Outline (pdf)

Organizational Chart

Office of State Health Officer

  • Field Medical Officer

Fiscal & Operations Section

  • Accounting
  • Human Resources
  • Medical Marijuana
  • Public Health Systems and Performance
  • Public Information
  • Office of the State Epidemiologist
  • Vital Records

Emergency Preparedness and Response Section

  • Emergency Medical Services and Trauma
  • Hospital Preparedness
  • Public Health Preparedness
  • Education Technology

Health Resources Section

  • Food and Lodging
  • Health Facilities
  • Life Safety and Construction

Healthy & Safe Communities

  • Community & Health Systems
  • Family Health & Nutrition
  • Health Promotion
  • Injury & Violence Prevention
  • Special Health Services

Medical Services Section

  • Disease Control
  • Microbiology
  • State Forensic Examiner

Local Public Health Units


Advisory Groups

State Health Council
The State Health Council serves as the North Dakota Department of Health's advisory body. The council's 9 members are appointed by the governor for three-year terms. Four members are appointed from the health-care provider community and five from the public sector.

Chair

  • Genny Dienstmann (Consumer)

Vice Chair

  • Duane Pool (Consumer)

Secretary

  • Vacant

Members

  • Darrold Bertsch (Consumer) 
  • James Brosseau (Health Care)  
  • Mike Fedorchak (Consumer)
  • Tyler Lannoye (Health Care)
  • Kristin Roers (Health Care) 
  • Torey Sayler (Consumer)
  • Dennis E. Wolf, M.D. (Health Care) 

State Health Officer       back to top

North Dakota Department of Health
600 East Boulevard Avenue
Bismarck, N.D. 58505-0200

Phone: 701.328.2372
Fax: 701.328.4727

State Health Officer - Mylynn Tufte

Field Medical Officer - Joan Connell, MD, FAAP, MS, RPh - 701.328.2239

Administrative Assistant 701.328.2372

  • Pamela Thompson

    • Environmental Health Practitioner licensure
    • State Health Council

 

Fiscal & Operations Section        back to top

600 East Boulevard Avenue
Bismarck, N.D. 58505-0200
Chief Operating Officer: Dirk Wilke
Chief Financial Officer: Brenda Weisz

Phone: 701.328.2392
Fax: 701.328.4727

  • Accounting 701.328.2392 fax: 701.328.4727

    • Brenda Weisz

  • Human Resources 701.328.2392 fax: 701.328.4727

  • Medical Marijuana 701.328.1311 fax: 701.328.1333

  • Public Information 701.328.4619 fax: 701.328.4727

  • Public Health Systems and Performance 701.328.2372 fax: 701.328.4727

  • Information Technology Coordinator 701.328.2494 fax: 701.328.4727

     

 

Health Resources Section       back to top

North Dakota Department of Health
Health Resources Section
600 East Boulevard Avenue
Bismarck, N.D. 58505-0200
Section Chief: Darleen Bartz

Phone: 701.328.2352
Fax: 701.328.1890

  • Food & Lodging 701.328.1291, toll free 1.800.472.2927 fax: 701.328.1890

    Director: Julie Wagendorf

  • Life Safety and Construction 701.328.4873,  fax: 701.328.1890

    Director: Monte Engel

 

Healthy & Safe Communities Section       back to top

North Dakota Department of Health
600 East Boulevard Avenue, Dept. 301
Bismarck, N.D. 58505-0200
Phone: 701.328.2228
Fax: 701.328.1412
Section Chief: Kim Mertz

  • Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Block Grant: Kim Mertz

  • Division of Community & Health Systems
    600 East Boulevard Avenue, Dept. 301
    Bismarck, N.D. 58505-0200
    Telephone: 701.328.2306 or 800.280.5512 (toll-free)
    Fax: 701.328.2036

    Director:  Susan Mormann

    • Women's Way, the North Dakota Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program:
      • Education on breast and cervical cancer early detection
      • Provision of breast and cervical cancer screening and diagnostic services to eligible medically underserved North Dakota women
    • Comprehensive Cancer Control Program
      • State Cancer Plan
      • North Dakota Cancer Coalition
    • North Dakota Cancer Registry
    • Tobacco Prevention and Control Program
      • Program Director: Neil Charvat
        • Program management
        • Public Health Service Guidelines
        • Tobacco Partnership Projects
        • NDQuits
      • Tobacco Cessation Coordinator: Kara Backer
        • NDQuits Cessation Core Grants
        • NDQuits Cessation Expanded Grants
        • BABY & ME - Tobacco Free
        • State Employee Cessation Program
        • Public Health Service Guidelines
        • City-County Cessation Program
      • Community Programs Coordinator: Abby Erickson
        • State and community tobacco-free policy initiatives
        • Grants to local tobacco prevention and control programs
        • State and local coalition collaboration
      • Health Communications and Equity Specialist: Kara Hickel
        • Media/Health Promotion
        • Tribal Programs
        • Other Disparate Populations
        • Coalition Collaboration
    • Division Support Staff: Diana Greff
  • Division of Family Health & Nutrition
    600 E Boulevard Ave Dept 301
    Bismarck ND 58505-0200
    Telephone: 701.328.2496 or 1.800.472.2286
    FAX: 701.328.1412

    Director: Colleen Pearce

  • Division of Health Promotion
    600 E Boulevard Ave Dept 301
    Bismarck ND 58505-0200
    Telephone: 701.328.2367 or 800.280.5512
    FAX: 701.328.2036

    Director: Janna Pastir

  • Division of Injury & Violence Prevention
    600 E Boulevard Ave Dept 301
    Bismarck ND 58505-0200
    Telephone: 701.328.4536 or 1.800.472.2286
    FAX: 701.328.1412
       
    Director: Deanna Askew

    • Domestic Violence/Rape Crisis Program: Deanna Askew, Program Director
    • Injury Prevention Program: Mandy Slag, Program Director
    • Child Passenger Safety Program: Dawn Mayer, Program Director
    • Domestic Violence/Rape Crisis Program: Mallory Sattler, Program Coordinator
    • Infant and Child Death Services Program: Sarah Massey
      • SIDS fact sheets and resources
      • Cribs for Kids Program
      • Keep Your Baby Safe flyer
      • Bereavement resources
  • Division of Special Health Services
    600 East Boulevard Avenue, Dept. 301
    Bismarck, N.D. 58505-0200
    Telephone: 701.328.2436 or 1.800.755.2714 (toll-free)
    Fax: 701.328.1645

    Director:  Kimberly Hruby

    • Programs and Services:
      • Care Coordination Program
      • Children with Special Health Care Needs (CSHCN) Service System
      • Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS)/Fetal Alcohol Effects (FAE)
      • Information Resource Center
      • Metabolic Food
      • Multidisciplinary Clinics
      • Newborn Screening Program
      • Russell Silver Syndrome Program
      • School Nursing
      • Specialty Care Diagnostic & Treatment Program
      • State Systems Development Initiative (SSDI)
    • Contact Special Health Services at the following address: dohcshsadm@nd.gov
  • Health Equity Office - Krissie Guerard

 

Emergency Preparedness and Response Section        back to top

North Dakota Department of Health
Emergency Preparedness and Response
1720 Sykes Drive, Bismarck, ND 58504
Tim Wiedrich, Chief

Phone 701.328.2270
Fax 701.328.0357

  • Division of Emergency Medical Services and Trauma 701.328.2388 fax: 701.328.1702

  • Director:  Christopher Price

  • Ambulance run report data
  • Communications systems
  • Training grant distribution
  • Trauma system development and implementation
  • Certification of quick response units
  • Licensure of ambulance services
  • Personnel training, testing, certification, and licensure
  • Ambulance inspection program
  • Certification of rescue units
  • Critical incident stress management program
  • Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) program

 

Medical Services Section       back to top

2635 E. Main Avenue, PO Box 5520
Bismarck, N.D. 58506-5520
Kirby Kruger, Chief