Grand Forks Public Health Department

Thursday, January 15, 2009


The meeting was called to order at approximately 12:15 p.m. by Don Shields, and the group welcomed the newest member, Dawne Barwin, Refugee Resettlement Coordinator at New American Services of Grand Forks (see Mayor’s appointment letter).

Those Members Present: Don Shields, Dawne Barwin, Jack Kerbeshian, Dr. James Hargreaves, Pat Berger, Margaret Tweten, Kathleen Concannon, Craig Knudsvig, Jon Green, and Leland Lipp. Others present: Irene Dybwad (GF County Social Services), Mary Lien (GF Public Schools), and Keith Westerfield (Public Health).


1. Review and Approval of Minutes of October 16, 2008 Meeting:
Minutes were reviewed and approved with no changes.

2. Grand Forks “Detox” Community Facility Initiative Update - Northeast Human Service Center (NEHSC):
Don S. gave an update (for Kate Kenna).

- NEHSC has requested additional funds for social detox, through the Legislature process. They plan to move ahead and hope to partner with Altru and the city to make this a reality. Kate will provide more information at the next meeting.


1. Grand Forks Schools – Student “At Risk” Survey Presentation: Mary L. gave a slide presentation of Student “At Risk” Survey, that is done every other year in Grand Forks Elementary, Secondary, and Middle Schools (see attachments).

2. Member Update:

- Leland L.: Last spring, reported that Development Homes was in the process of developing a program for autistic individuals. They put in for a grant for building a new facility, and just received the grant this week. So now, they will be in the process of developing a group home. They will do a presentation this spring or summer.

- Col. Kathleen C.: Chlamydia cases on the rise at the base this past year, from 34 cases to 41 cases. This could be due to their dorms on base are co-ed, and the weather. This is also on the rise in Grand Forks county.

- Margaret T.: Question on the number of suicides in ND.

- Pat B.: There seems to be no support groups for parents of sick children. Parents also frustrated with problems with getting financial help. United Way is trying to figure out a way to solve these problems.

- Irene D.: There are bills in the upcoming Legislature session that will be asking for increase in funds to be able to pay a family member to stay home to take care of a family member.

- Dawne B.: Currently working with refugee families from Iraq and Bhutan. The Bhutanese were in camp in Nepal and speak Nepalese. The Iraqi's were refugees in the countries of Syria, Lebanon, Turkey and Jordan.

- Don S.: There have been 435 cases nation-wide of Salmonella poisoning in peanut butter, 122 of those hospitalized. There have been 5 deaths, one of them in Minnesota. Found in five-pound cans, from a plant in Georgia. There has been an increase in influenza cases recently, with 27 cases in ND. It’s not too late to get your flu shot.

Mayor’s Health and Human Services Grand Forks Cabinet Minutes
January 15, 2009
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V. ADJOURNMENT The meeting adjourned around 1:15 p.m.

VI. NEXT MEETING: Thursday, April 16, 2009
12:00 noon – 1:30 p.m.
(lunch will be provided by Altru Health System)
Altru Hospital (Lower Level, Multi-Media/Board Room)


- Mayor’s Appointment Letter, dated 5 January 2009
- Grand Forks Public Schools 2008 Risk and Protective Factor Survey (Grades 4 & 5)
- Grand Forks Public Schools 2008 Risk and Protective Factor Survey (Grades 7 - 12)