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Rural Health
Resources by State: South Dakota

Physician Alliance Well-Being Case Study: Avera Health
Highlights a healthcare system based in South Dakota that serves a primarily rural population. Focuses on their program LIGHT: Live, Improve, Grow, Heal and Treat, which seeks to prevent and address burnout for physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants.
Date: 09/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: American Hospital Association
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Voices for Food: Methodologies for Implementing a Multi-state Community-based Intervention in Rural, High Poverty Communities
Highlights a study on an intervention to address barriers to food access in economically impoverished rural communities. Focuses on 24 counties in 6 Midwestern states and details the various assessment tools used to evaluate the needs of the community and the success of the intervention.
Author(s): Suzanne Stluka, Lindsay Moore, Heather A. Eicher-Miller, et al.
Citation: BMC Public Health, 18
Date: 08/2018
Type: Document
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Spotlight Stories: Thunder Valley CDC
Highlights Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation (TVCDC), a organization working to improve health, culture, and the environment on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. Discusses efforts to address housing shortages, wellness promotion, and community development.
Author(s): Andrea Waner
Date: 07/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Community Commons
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Ensuring Access to Care: Wagner Community Memorial Hospital – Avera, Wagner, S.D.
Describes Wagner Community Memorial Hospital – Avera (WCMH-A), a 20-bed Critical Access Hospital (CAH) in Wagner, South Dakota that works to ensure access to care while addressing the social determinants of health for the populations they serve. Shares strategies and collaborative efforts to address the community's needs through the use of telemedicine, housing and economic development, population health, and access to primary care.
Date: 05/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: American Hospital Association Section for Small or Rural Hospitals
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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 Federally Qualified Health Centers located outside of urbanized areas.
Date: 04/2018
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Rural Child Welfare Practice
Issue brief emphasizing the importance of understanding needs and concerns of rural children and families, including healthcare and social services. Examines factors linked to child maltreatment, such as poverty, violence, and substance use, and features descriptions of successful programs designed to promote child welfare in rural areas of Montana, South Dakota, Kansas, and Colorado, and Appalachian Ohio and Kentucky.
Date: 02/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Administration for Children and Families
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Reinventing Rural Health Care: A Case Study of Seven Upper Midwest States
Examines the current state of rural healthcare in seven states - Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming - and uses the findings to determine the impact of existing federal policies, understand ongoing healthcare challenges, and identify opportunities for improvement in rural healthcare access and delivery. Recommends the following actions to improve rural healthcare: rightsizing healthcare services to fit community need, creating rural funding mechanisms, building and supporting the primary care physician workforce, and expanding telemedicine services. Analysis is based on interviews with over 90 national thought leaders and key stakeholders.
Additional links: Infographic, Summary – Rural Health Care: Lessons Learned
Date: 01/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Bipartisan Policy Center
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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 a 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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