Committed

Forward Health is firmly rooted in the Deer River area. As an independent, community-focused non-profit organization, we’ve been committed to making an impact on our community’s health since 2012.

Our Mission

As we look into the future, our goal is to serve our community by identifying and responding to needs regarding the health and well-being of our residents. We consider it a privilege to be part of the community and look forward to working with and for the people of our area for many years to come.

April Jesperson,

Executive Director

Sheila Rae Maki

Sheila Rae Maki, Administrative Assistant

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Judy Dimich, Board Chair Andy Shaw, Vice Chair
Gwenn Smith Beth Anderson
Gwenn Smith, Secretary/Treasurer Beth Anderson
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Brad Box Gerald Dederick
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Michael Fairbanks Jim Gorden
Staff Placeholder Michelle Newberg
Samantha Martin Michelle Newberg
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Nikki Osse Pam Thompson

Connected

We call the Deer River area home and are proud to serve the communities of Deer River, Ball Club, Inger, Bowstring & S. Lake.  Through our support of Essentia Health Clinics in Deer River, Grand Rapids, and Remer, we serve patients across Northern Minnesota and beyond.

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We lead, support, and fund initiatives for health and wellness in our communities.

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Gifts to the Forward Health Foundation help support health and wellness in our communities. From groundbreaking new programs and projects to support of critical healthcare efforts, we can provide you with a variety of giving options.

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