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ACP Honors North Dakota Chapter with an Evergreen Award

At the 2010 Internal Medicine Meeting, ACP presented ten Evergreen Awards and two Special Recognition Awards to honor Chapters that created new programs that strengthened the chapter and increased member communication and involvement.

The North Dakota Chapter received two 2010 Evergreen Awards for their Health Risk Assessment (HRA) of North Dakota State Legislators and Community-Based Diabetes Initiative Program. Here is a brief description of the chapter's efforts.

Health Risk Assessment (HRA) of North Dakota State Legislators
In order to promote prevention and early disease detection, the North Dakota Chapter, in collaboration with four other North Dakota health care organizations, implemented a health risk assessment program for State legislators during their biannual session in 2009. Promotional materials were sent prior to the legislative session andone-third of the legislators voluntarily participated. Many previously unknown and undetected conditions were uncovered among participants. Health promotional materials developed by the ACP were distributed to the legislators and recommendations for appropriate follow-up were made with each legislator including their personal HRA. The response to the program was greater than anticipated and there were many more legislators who wanted to participate, but were unable to due to time constraints and limited personnel. The chapter intends to double the number screened and counseled at the next legislative session. The North Dakota Chapter has never been involved in organized activities with the State Legislature before this program. It was also the first time that such preventive services had been offered to the people who are also in control of appropriations for health care services in the state. In the future, the chapter plans to recruit students and resident physicians to assist with this program.

Community-Based Diabetes Initiative Program
In an effort to improve the visibility of the ACP in North Dakota and the region, as well as to provide a service to the community, the North Dakota Chapter obtained a grant to implement a diabetes prevention program beginning in 2005. By utilizing the group visit format, the chapter was able to involve medical student and resident physicians at every step. The results of the community-based program have been reported on at chapter meetings and at other medical programs throughout the region. Over the past year, other physicians have adopted this format and new groups are forming for the treatment of other chronic conditions. Because of the success of this program, the North Dakota Chapter awarded a start-up grant of $5,000 to the College of Nursing at the University of North Dakota to implement a similar program among Native Americans. The program has been underway for 4 years and the results to date have been quite rewarding. As well, the program has provided a prevention service which is not typically reimbursed by insurance carriers and has been successful in attracting a great deal of local and regional attention.

Picture of the 2010 Evergreen Winners

2010 Evergreen Winners

Pictured starting from the front left:
Ann Tennett , Maria E. Pinto, MD, FACP , Mark E. Mayer, MD, FACP

Pictured starting from the back left:
Julie A. Blehm, MD, FACP , Kiyoshi Kurokawa, MD, MACP , Haiko Nellen Hummell, MD, FACP , Ana Maria Lopez, MD, FACP , G. Waldon Garriss, MD, FACP , S. Kalani Brady, MD, FACP , Nitin S. Damle, MD, FACP , Carla Biggert , Eileen Moser, MD, FACP , Michael Rein, MD, FACP , Richard K. Kasama, MD, FACP

Page updated: 06/17/10

Contact Information

Julie A Blehm, MD FACP
ACP Governor
North Dakota Chapter

Pam Heisler
North Dakota Chapter Staff
Phone: 701-780-6129
Email: pheisler@altru.org