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Rural Health
Resources by State: South Dakota

Mental Health Best Practices with Kari Oyen
Kari Oyen, professor of School Psychology at the University of South Dakota, discusses mental health issues including suicidal behavior in rural America, the role played by school psychologists, and prevention services based on risk factors including single-parent homes, poverty, and poor attendance at school.
Date: 10/2017
Type: Audio
Sponsoring organizations: Center for Rural Affairs, National Rural Education Association
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A Toolkit for Legislative Reform: Improving Criminal Justice Responses to Mental Illness in Rural States
Toolkit details methods to improve access to mental health treatment in rural communities through the criminal justice system. Presents options for state policy reform, using South Dakota's mental illness intervention law as a case study.
Author(s): Barbara A. Pierce
Date: 09/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Crime and Justice Institute
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Coteau des Prairies Keeping Services Close to Home
Follows Sisseton, South Dakota-based Coteau des Prairies Health System's (CDP) progress as part of the Small Rural Hospital Transition (SRHT) project. CDP completed a financial operational assessment (FOA) with the goal of positioning the hospital for future financial success. Primary areas of improvement include revenue cycle management, HCAHPS scores, executive communication, swing bed utilization, and more.
Additional links: One-Page Summary
Date: 08/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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Improving Access to High Quality Sepsis Care in a South Dakota Emergency Telemedicine Network
Research and policy brief exploring whether emergency department-based telemedicine networks using real-time access to sepsis experts can improve outcomes and decrease variation in care. Discusses a pilot program for Critical Access Hospitals in South Dakota-based Avera Health's 140-hospital network in 12 states. Includes statistics for patients with positive sepsis screens from Sept. 2016 to March 2017.
Author(s): Nicholas M. Mohr, Brian Skow, Amy Wittrock, et al.
Date: 08/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Telehealth Research Center
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Correlations Between Community Size and Student Perceptions of Value
Study conducted in South Dakota to explore relationship between community size and 114 medical students' feelings of value related to physicians, healthcare teams, and patients. Features statistics including communities with breakdowns by size, number of hospital beds, rate of occupancy, admissions per year, and outpatient visits per year.
Author(s): Susan Anderson, Edward Simanton
Location: Rural and Remote Health, 17, 4246
Date: 08/2017
Type: Document
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Designing A Health System That Works For The Tribe
Outlines the challenges facing the Rosebud Sioux Tribe as they work to restore services and improve quality in their 35-bed Indian Health Service (IHS) hospital. After safety concerns were found by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in 2015, emergency department operations were halted for seven months. During that time, patients were routed to alternative facilities from 40 to 100 miles away. The surgical and obstetrics wards are also closed due to infrastructure problems and staffing shortages. Despite these challenges, members of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe are exploring the option of hospital self-governance and believe a high quality healthcare system is within reach.
Author(s): Jessica Bylander
Location: Health Affairs, 36(4), 592-595
Date: 04/2017
Type: Document
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Suicide Surveillance, South Dakota
Illustrates South Dakota’s current suicide status and trends, and compares this data with national rates. Includes county data, method of suicide or self-injury by age and sex, and suicidal ideation by high school students.
Date: 01/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: South Dakota Department of Health
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Pine Ridge Agriculture Economy (PRAE)
Describes the initiative on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation to enhance the economy of the reservation through job creation. Initiative was designed to help families achieve an acceptable standard of living while utilizing technology and effective value-added techniques, to incorporate sustainable and natural resource conservation, attract individuals to agriculture, and support self-sufficiency, while also creating a sustainable and healthy food supply for the community.
Date: 01/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Department of Agriculture
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Selected Rural Healthcare Facilities in South Dakota
Shows the state’s Critical Access Hospitals and Rural Health Clinics, as well as rural Federally Qualified Health Centers and Skilled Nursing Facilities.
Date: 12/2016
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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CRCAIH Methodology Core: Tracking Health over Time and Geography
Shows the potential impact of the Collaborative Research Center for American Indian Health on health and health disparities. Looks at county-level health outcome data in North Dakota, South Dakota, and Minnesota. Ranks counties into six groups based on estimated health index. Includes maps showing the rankings and identifying reservation lands and locations of CRCAIH tribal partners.
Author(s): Jing Zhao, Morgan Nelson, Jessica Hanson, Susan Puumala
Date: 11/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Collaborative Research Center for American Indian Health
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