Best Practice Briefs: Reducing Health Disparities

Imagine bare cupboards, an empty gas tank, and a pile of past due bills. Pile on a chronic physical or mental health condition that requires time off work or expensive medication. Then add a language or cultural barrier. This is a daily reality for some individuals living in rural communities across the Dakotas. Connecting individuals with community resources can literally be a life saver.
Healthcare and community organizations will share how they are working together to improve quality of life by providing valuable resources and support.

  1. Identify needs through community engagement
  2. Collaborate to address basic life needs
  3. Expand awareness of language and cultural barriers

Working to Unite Huron: RECORDING
May 3, 2022, at 12:00 PM Central

  • Multiple rural communities have become home to refugees with different ethnic backgrounds, cultures, and languages. These complex barriers add to the existing challenges in an already struggling working population. Leaders in Huron, SD, manage the growth and change by coming together. Learn more about the solutions and impact resulting from effective community engagement and collaboration.

Building Opportunities to Provide Patients with Healthy Food Options: RECORDING
May 10, 2022, at 12:00 PM Central

  • When money is tight, the trip to the grocery store becomes a scavenger hunt for the cheapest options. Eating well can be a key element for combating chronic disease. Community Health Center of the Black Hills and Feeding South Dakota will explain their efforts toward providing healthy food options for patients in need.

Connecting Community to Health Care: REGISTER
May 17, 2022, at 12:00 PM Central

  • Trying to understand an acute or chronic health concern can be confusing. Lacking transportation or money for prescription medication adds to the frustration. Community health representatives and community health workers serve as guides for connecting individuals with the right resources and support to achieve a positive health outcome. Focused on patient-centered care, the Community Health Worker Collaborative of South Dakota is working to expand this health professional network to reduce health disparities and improve quality of life.
  1. Describe the role of community health representatives/workers
  2. Explain the impact of health disparities for managing health
  3. Identify methods used by CHR/CHW to improve quality of life

Amanda Dunham, Community Health Worker
Melissa Nielsen, Quality Improvement Coordinator
Center for Family Medicine

Valuing Diversity at Monument Health: REGISTER
May 24, 2022, at 12:00 PM Central

  • Trust is the foundation for every strong personal and professional relationship. Earning trust begins by seeking to understand. Monument Health offers cultural awareness education programs to provide perspective and promote relationship building among those providing and receiving health care.
  1. Define and identify bias
  2. Recognize the impact bias has on decision making
  3. Build the knowledge move from awareness into action

Sandra Ogunremi, DHA, MSA, B. Pharm, CCDP, CDM, MPM, SCPM, CLC
Director, Diversity, Inclusion and Spiritual Care Services
Monument Health