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Resources by State: South Dakota

Evaluating Effective Leadership and Governance in a Midwestern Agricultural Safety and Health Coalition
Features a study on the effectiveness of the leadership of an Agricultural Health and Safety Center (Ag Center) serving 7 midwestern states. Details a qualitative and quantitative evaluation of the Ag Center's leadership.
Author(s): Mary J. Wendl, Mary E. Cramer
Citation: Workplace Health and Safety, 66(2), 84-94
Date: 02/2018
Type: Document
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Rural Child Welfare Practice
Issue brief discussing the 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, as well as 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 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. Addresses rightsizing healthcare services to fit community needs, 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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South Dakota 2018 Healthcare Workforce Report
Describes future healthcare workforce needs and details the workforce distribution by geography, age, and profession in South Dakota. Analyzes current and future healthcare workforce projections to assist with the development and coordination of healthcare education and to inform recruitment efforts.
Date: 2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: South Dakota Department of Health
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Retail-Based Healthy Food Point-of-Decision Prompts (PDPs) Increase Healthy Food Choices in a Rural, Low-Income, Minority Community
Examines differences in the quantity of and total expenditures spent on healthy foods and fresh fruits and vegetables in a grocery store with posted narrowly defined point-of-decision prompts (N-PDPs) and broadly defined PDPs (B-PDPs) on the Rosebud Sioux Reservation in South Dakota. N-PDPs focus on promoting fresh produce, and B-PDPs focus on promoting any health food item.
Author(s): Christopher R. Gustafson, Rachel Kent, Michael R. Prate, Jr.
Citation: PLoS One, 13(12), e0207792
Date: 2018
Type: Document
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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 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, and swing bed utilization.
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 September 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
Citation: Rural and Remote Health, 17(3), 4246
Date: 07/2017
Type: Document
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