Ideas at work

Find initiatives and collaborations working to eliminate disparities and learn about effective strategies for action.

Initiatives and Collaborations


Business Support, Minority Certification, North Dakota Department of Commerce
Disadvantaged business enterprises are afforded special consideration for contracts awarded by certain state and federal agencies.

Disability and Health Programs North Dakota, CDC
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s state-based disability and health programs inform policy and practice at the state level. These programs ensure that individuals with disabilities are included in ongoing state disease prevention, health promotion, and emergency response activities.

Health Disparities Initiative, American Psychological Association
The purpose of the Health disparities Initiative is to increase support for research, training, public education, and interventions that improve health and reduce health disparities among underserved and vulnerable populations.

Health Equity, North Dakota Department of Health
The Health Equity Program works to understand and reduce health disparities among all North Dakotans. The program’s goal is to reduce rates of disease by providing opportunities for interventions and improving access to health care.

Mental Health America of North Dakota
Mental Health America of North Dakota strives to promote mental health through education, advocacy, understanding, and access to quality care for all individuals.

National Alliance on Mental Illness
NAMI North Dakota is a nonprofit grassroots mental health organization that offers meetings and training opportunities throughout the state that focus on education and support for consumers, families, and friends.

National Association of State Offices of Minority Health
Information on North Dakota’s Office for the Elimination of Health Disparities prepared by the National Association of State Offices of Minority Health.

North Dakota Coalition for Homeless People
As a voice for people who are homeless, the North Dakota Coalition for Homeless People coordinates and supports efforts to provide basic human needs and housing.

North Dakota Department of Labor and Human Rights
The ND Department of Labor and Human Rights is a law enforcement agency - enforcing North Dakota’s laws pertaining to human rights and wage payments. The department educates the public about these laws through their website, resources and by speaking at conferences, seminars and other events.


Black Women Enterprises – Black Women Enterprises (BWE) headquartered in New York City, offers numerous services to Black women in business. Its core mission mandate is to remove the barriers against economic success for Black women.

Black Founders
Black Founders is aimed at the empowerment of Black people in the technology sector. They have created a global network that allows Black people to share resources and connect.

Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program, U.S. Department of Transportation
This program has been designed to protect minority small business owners against discrimination when procuring federally funded transportation contracts.

Minority Business Development Agency
The Minority Business Development Agency is a job creating agency that leads Federal efforts to promote the growth and global competitiveness of America’s minority business community.

National Association of State Offices of Minority Health
NASOMH supports minority health with the aim to eliminate health disparities and achieve health equity through Innovation, collaboration, and evidence-based solutions..

The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development
National Indian specific business organization who strive to develop and expand an American Indian private sector which employs Indian labor, increases the number of viable tribal and individual Indian businesses, and positively impacts and involves reservation communities, by establishing business relationships between Indian enterprises and private industry.

National Resource Center on Native American Aging 
The National Resource Center on Native American Aging is committed to identifying Native elder health and social issues. Through education, training, and technical assistance, they assist in developing community-based solutions to improve the quality of life and delivery of related support services to the Native aging population.

Rural Health Information Hub (RHIhub)
The Rural Assistance Center “was established as a rural health and human services information portal. RAC helps rural communities and other rural stakeholders access the full range of available programs, funding, and research that can enable them to provide quality health and human services to rural residents.

UnidosUS, formerly known as the National Council of La Raza (NCLR)—the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States—works to improve opportunities for Hispanic Americans. Through its network of nearly 300 affiliated community-based organizations, UnidosUS reaches millions of Hispanics each year in 41 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia. To achieve its mission, UnidosUS conducts applied research, policy analysis, and advocacy, providing a Latino perspective in five key areas—assets/investments, civil rights/immigration, education, employment and economic status, and health. In addition, it provides capacity-building assistance to its Affiliates who work at the state and local level to advance opportunities for individuals and families.

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