Spectra Health in Grand Forks has received a $300,000 investment from the U.S Department of Health and Human Services and the Health Resources Service Administration.

The one-time investment came last month as the two federal agencies awarded $85 million to 298 health centers, including Spectra Health and Horizon Health Care in Howard, S.D.

“We are so excited to be given this amazing opportunity to expand our medical, dental and behavioral health integration further,” said Spectra Health’s Dental Director Jackie Nord. “This grant will help facilitate a team-based approach to medicine by providing electronic upgrades and staff training necessary to take integrated care to the next level.”

The grant funds will be used to purchase new equipment and improve clinic entrance accessibility. In addition, the clinic will invest in electronic health record integration efforts, to better link oral health with primary care and behavioral health.

“These awards will help further the work of two organizations that are having a real impact on access to dental care in the Dakotas,” said Shelly Ten Napel, CEO of the Community HealthCare Association of the Dakotas. “These grants were highly competitive, and we know the funds will be used to further the work and mission of two health center organizations that are dedicated to providing high-quality care to everyone.”

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Nine health centers operate 62 sites across North Dakota and South Dakota.