Hoeven: HHS Awards Nearly $2.5 Million for Cancer Prevention, Rural Hospital Improvement in North Dakota

WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven, who serves on the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded a total of $2,419,999 to the North Dakota State Department of Health and the University of North Dakota (UND) for cancer prevention and rural hospital improvement, respectively. The funds are awarded as follows:

• North Dakota State Department of Health – $2,098,536 – The funds, awarded by HHS’ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention / National Center for Chronic Diseases Prevention and Health Promotion Office, will go towards the North Dakota Cancer Prevention and Control Program, which works to enhance cancer prevention, early detection and awareness.
• University of North Dakota – $321,463 – The funds, awarded by HHS’ Health Resources and Services Administration, will support UND’s Small Rural Hospital Improvement Program (SHIP), whose grants provide support to small rural hospitals in order to help ensure they have a strong foundation and can provide high quality health care to the community.

“Investing in health care is one of the most important ways we can ensure North Dakotans continue to enjoy a high quality of life,” Hoeven said. “Almost all of us know someone who is battling or who has battled cancer, and today’s funding will support efforts aimed at preventing this disease. Today’s funding will also go towards improving small rural hospitals, which will help to ensure all North Dakotans, regardless of where they live, have access to high quality health care.”