North Shore Health Care Foundation
The NSHCF proactively identifies opportunities to expand equitable health care and healthy living in Cook County and champions solutions through funding, education, and advocacy.
The North Shore Health Care Foundation has events that take place all year-round that help raise money to support health care for the people who live, work and visit in Cook County.

There will not be a Golf Scramble in 2019, the event is on hold while the NSHCF begins implementing its new strategic plan and explores fresh events. Stay tuned for more details and tournament info in the future. 


If you have an idea for an event or would like to host or assist with a fundraising event for the North Shore Health Care Foundation, contact the Foundation's office at or call 218-387-9076.

Kids' Poster Contest

January 14, 2020 to February 07,2020

Contest open to Cook County Minnesota students only, including those who attend:
- Birch Grove Community School
- Cook County ISD 166
- Great Expectations School
- Oshki Ogimaag Charter School, or 
- Home school located in Cook County, Minnesota

Fall 2019 Free Day at the Dentist

October 21, 2019

The Oral Health Task Force is sponsoring another “Free Day” at Grand Marais Family
on Monday, Oct 21, 2019, for Cook County children and young adults up to 26 years-of-age who do not have dental insurance. "Free Day" also applies to students from Lake County who attend the Birch Grove Community School.

Appointment slots fill up quickly, call today to make an appointment at 218-387-2774. “Free Day” visits include an exam, cleaning, x-rays, fluoride and/or sealants.

For more information:

2019 Gunflint Lodge BBQ

June 23, 2019
Register to join us for the 2019 Gunflint Lodge BBQ

North Shore Health Care Foundation 21st Annual BBQ is happening on June 23, 2019.

Don't miss this fun event --- a great way to help support health care in Cook County.

Have you ever been to the NSHCF annual BBQ? If you haven’t, you have missed a great meal and a grand evening “up the trail”.  Sunday, June 23rd is the day for this year's BBQ at the Gunflint Lodge. The Red Paddle Bistro cash bar opens at 4 pm and the BBQ buffet begins at 5 pm. Chefs at the Lodge prepare BBQ ribs, chicken, salmon, cheesy potatoes, salad, vegetables and dessert. Gerald Thilmany will again serenade us with his accordion. All are invited to sing-a-long or make a request.

Why do we host this BBQ? This event raises funds to help our ENDOWMENT grow. This endowment insures our permanent ability to support health care in Cook County. Check out our web site and learn about our many activities and the projects we support.

To make reservations click above or to get more information please call the Foundation office at 218-387-9076 or email

Support health care in Cook County and join us for a fun evening.
Bring a friend or two and watch the sun set on Gunflint Lake. 


Golf Scramble

September 22, 2018 to September 23,2018
Register Online
Sponsor Online
Superior National at Lutsen

North Shore Health Care Foundation Golf Scramble
There will not be a Golf Scramble in 2019, the event is on hold while the NSHCF begins implementing its new strategic plan and explores fresh events. Stay tuned for more details and tournament info in the future.
Click here for printable Golf Registration Form

Give to the Max Day

November 16, 2016

fake audemars piguet

Bill Ratner

March 08, 2016

Join Us

March 8, 2016 at 6:30 pm
Arrowhead Center for the Arts
Media Madness: 
a comedic, fun and critical look at 21st century electronic media 
Featuring Bill Ratner

Free and open to the public

Bill Ratner is the author of the book, Parenting for the Digital Age

As Bill put it, this is for people “8 - 80, kids to grandparents”. 

Bill is also going to be at the Grand Marais Public Library on 
Wednesday morning, March 9th 9:00 to 10:30 am .  
This will be a coffee hour aimed at parents of young children.  

Below are the full video and various excerpts from Bill's presentation.
Bill Ratner - Parenting for the Digital Age

Screen Time

Is the Genie Out of the Bottle?

We Still Need Old Technology

Interviews with Kids and Parents

Why I Wrote the Book

Open Community Forum on Alzheimer's and other Dementias

April 28, 2015

Last spring, the North Shore Health Care Foundation and Care Partners presented a conference on Dementia featuring Dr. Terry Barclay. His clear explanations and up-to-date research engaged a crowd of over 100! Watch the video at under “Events”.

A few notes from the program:  
There are currently 5.2 million Americans with Alzheimer’s with the growing epidemic expected to impact 13 million Americans by 2050. It affects 1 in 9 people 65 and over.
Because the brain changes of Alzheimer’s begin 10-20 years before symptoms appear, it makes sense for all of us to work towards brain health. Look for topics on “Living Well with Alzheimer’s” at
Proven strategies to help maintain brain health: 
Exercise Physical aerobic activity 3-4 times per week include brisk walking, recumbent exercise bike, water aerobics, dancing, or gardening activities.
Nutrition Helpful foods include:  Omega 3 fatty acids      
(2 servings fish weekly), whole grains & phytonutrients. Colorful natural foods with a high nutrient content (blueberries, grapes, dark leafy greens, broccoli, tomatoes, peppers, & cherries, & turmeric). 
The Mediterranean Diet includes lots of fruits and vegetables, fish, legumes (lentils, beans), olive oil, nuts, and is low in red meat. 

Cognitive stimulation challenging & varied activities such as reading, writing, drawing, cards & games, dancing, playing musical instruments, group discussions, and cultural events (plays, concerts). 

Reducing stress (including 7 to 9 hours sleep per night)
Reduce alcohol intake 
    2 drinks/day for men, 1 for women
Other strategies 
    Finding meaning and purpose, 
    Focusing on strengths, 
    Keeping relationships strong, 
    Establishing a routine, and  
    Managing health.

Want to help make Cook County more “Dementia Capable”?  Check out the Act on Alzheimer’s website. Call Care Partners if you are interested in being on a local action team.

Alzheimer's and Other Dementia

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