PNS Daily Newscast - April 9, 2020 

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders suspends his campaign for president. And COVID-19 is ravaging the black community in some areas, including Milwaukee.

2020Talks - April 9, 2020 

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders drops out of the race for president, though he assured supporters yesterday his movement will continue. A federal judge ruled this week a lawsuit in Florida awaiting trial will apply to all people with former felony convictions, not just the 17 plaintiffs.

A Special Birthday in North Dakota - CHAD Turns 20

April 23, 2007

Northwood, ND - Many North Dakotans are celebrating a special birthday this month. CHAD – the Community Healthcare Association of the Dakotas – is turning 20 years old. It's an organization that provides financial and technical support for smaller non-profit healthcare facilities across the state. Sharon Ericson, administrator of the Valley Community Health Centers in Northwood, says without CHAD, many smaller communities would likely lose medical services and many residents wouldn't bother traveling to see a doctor for preventive care. She says that's what happened in Larimore a few years ago.

“People were waiting until they got so sick that they had to come to the hospital, and of course if you don't have insurance, that's a very difficult and very expensive way to get your healthcare.”

Using federal grant dollars, Ericson notes that the 11 Community Healthcare Centers in North Dakota provide primary and preventative care for residents who might otherwise have no local care. Those clinics get help from CHAD with everything from handling the books to treating patients.

Though the concept behind CHAD is quite simple, Ericson believes it's a very effective way to do business.

“So, we didn't ever have to reinvent the wheel, we always could make use of the best practice based on the experience of people who had been doing this for much longer than we had.”

Debbie Aasen/Eric Mack, Public News Service - ND