Responding to Tragedy in North Dakota

State Forums Partnership Program

Dates of Project: January 1999 to December 2006

Field of Work: Informing state policymakers about complex health issues affecting their states.

Synopsis of the Work: The State Forums Partnership Program was a program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation that enabled seven states to establish health policy forums programs that provided timely, nonpartisan information and analysis to help state policy-makers make informed decisions about complex health care issues affecting their states. North Dakota was one of the participating states.

This sidebar describes the State Policy Forums program at the University of North Dakota Rural Health Center, which held a joint state-tribal policy forum on the issue of suicide in response to a teen gunman from the Red Lake Reservation in Minnesota who shot and killed nine people at Red Lake Senior High School before killing himself.