DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

N.D. Department of Health Holds “Green Dot” Violence Prevention Training

People representing Fargo, Grand Forks, and Valley City took part to bring what they learned back to their communities

FARGO, N.D. — The North Dakota Department of Health held its first “Green Dot” Violence Prevention Training. The program aims to help end dating/domestic violence, sexual violence, and stalking. People representing Fargo, Grand Forks and Valley City took part in the 4–day training program and will bring what they learned back to their communities. “We are responsible for our community. We…

MN Dept. of Health Commissioner Resigns Amid Abuse Reports

His resignation follows reporting by the Star Tribune on serious oversight lapses of the state's senior care facilities

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota’s Department of Health commissioner is resigning in the wake of reports of abuse at senior care facilities. Commissioner Ed Ehlinger had been head of the state’s health oversight board since 2011. His resignation follows reporting by the Star Tribune on serious oversight lapses of the state’s senior care facilities. They previously documented that hundreds of…

Minnesota Struggling with Largest Outbreak of Tuberculosis in the Nation

Department of Health officials say the strain is drug-resistant, which is not only making it harder to fight, it's much more expensive. KMSP Fox 9's Iris Perez reports from Ramsey County

RAMSEY COUNTY, Minn. — It’s the largest outbreak of tuberculosis in the nation and it’s happening in Minnesota. Department of Health officials say the strain is drug-resistant, which is not only making it harder to fight, it’s much more expensive. “We’ve put a lot of resources into responding to this situation,” said Kris Ehresmann, who is the Director of Infectious…

ND Dept. of Health Proposes Medical Marijuana Administrative Rules

Voters approved medical marijuana in November 2016

BISMARCK, ND — North Dakota’s Health Department has unveiled proposed administrative rules for a medical marijuana system in the state. The agency is taking public comments through December 26, and has scheduled public meetings in six cities next month. Voters approved medical marijuana in November 2016. The Health Department doesn’t expect the drug to be available to patients for another…

Survey: Fewer Pregnant Women Smoking in North Dakota

The CDC says the national smoking rate for pregnant women is 8.4 percent

  NORTH DAKOTA — State health officials say fewer pregnant women are smoking in North Dakota. The Department of Health’s birth certificate records show the state had a pregnancy smoking rate of 11.6 percent in 2016. That’s down from 13.8 percent in 2015. The CDC says the national smoking rate for pregnant women is 8.4 percent. Health officials also say…

Source of Deadly E. coli Strain That Killed Minnesota Toddler Still a Mystery

Three-year-old Kallan Maresh died after the infection attacked her kidneys and neurological system

  WRIGHT COUNTY, Minn. — Health officials say they can’t find the source of the E. coli strain that killed a Minnesota toddler. Three-year-old Kallan Maresh died after the infection attacked her kidneys and neurological system. Her five-year-old brother also became sick from the bacteria but survived. State Health Department officials say while their investigation is complete, they were not…

ND Health Department Setting Timeline for Medical Marijuana Industry

They'll accept actual applications in August and September and make selections in November

  NORTH DAKOTA — State health officials have set a tentative timeline for establishing a medical marijuana industry in North Dakota. The Health Department is asking those interested in being a manufacturer or a distributor to notify the agency by July 28. They’ll accept actual applications in August and September and make selections in November. Officials estimate it will take…