March 8 Office Hours: Germs Can Live in Dirt

Project Firstline Office HoursGerms Can Live in DirtMarch 8, 2023, at 11:00 AM Central South Dakota Project Firstline hosts a monthly Office Hours for all healthcare workers to learn and share infection control best practices.  Held on the second Wednesday of each month, SD PFL team members cover a new topic each month. The MarchContinue reading “March 8 Office Hours: Germs Can Live in Dirt”

Care Connections Best Practice Brief Series

Improving care connections provides a balance of care services and resources that improves overall health. While most individuals work to avoid the emergency department others consider it a source of primary health care. Neglecting routine and preventive care services increases the risk for health complications or crisis situations.  Overuse of emergency services places a burdenContinue reading “Care Connections Best Practice Brief Series”

Health Care Conversation Hits Home in Chamberlain

Community members continue to make themselves heard about priority health issues at Community Conversations hosted by the South Dakota Department of Health. Facilitated by the South Dakota Foundation for Medical Care (SDFMC), these events provide an opportunity to gather feedback on overall community health, areas of concern, and methods being used to improve health.  Continue reading “Health Care Conversation Hits Home in Chamberlain”

“Chain of Survival” Saves Lives in Cardiac Ready Communities

Some find their hearts beating fasters and others find their hearts broken as they face Valentine’s Day each February.  The holiday and corresponding American Heart Month are a consistent reminder of the impact of cardiovascular disease on South Dakotans. As the long-standing leading cause of death in South Dakota, many cardiac events happen in theContinue reading ““Chain of Survival” Saves Lives in Cardiac Ready Communities”

New Certification Enhances SDFMC Infection Prevention Expertise

Focused on creating a culture of universal infection prevention practices, two South Dakota Foundation for Medical Care (SDFMC) team members are among the first in the nation to receive long-term care certification in infection prevention (LTC-CIP). This new certification joins existing offerings from the Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology (CBIC), which include certifiedContinue reading “New Certification Enhances SDFMC Infection Prevention Expertise”

Making Room for More Voices in Huron

The meeting room at the Huron Public Library required more tables and chairs for those who came to make themselves heard on improving health care in the community. Hosted by the South Dakota Department of Health, the Community Conversation is the first of four events and a step toward developing a State Health Assessment andContinue reading “Making Room for More Voices in Huron”

Danko Shares Infection Prevention Expertise

SD Project Firstline Office Hours, Wednesday, February 8 Infection prevention practices are needed every day in every healthcare encounter.  South Dakota Project Firstline (SD PFL) provides education and training on infection prevention to protect those who enter or work in a healthcare environment. Monthly office hours are hosted the second Wednesday of each month andContinue reading “Danko Shares Infection Prevention Expertise”

Vaccination Provides Safer More Reliable Protection

Vaccination is a proven method for preventing the spread of infectious disease. Staying current on immunizations is important at every age and reduces the risk of becoming infected or experiencing complications. The South Dakota Foundation for Medical (SDFMC), in partnership with the South Dakota Department of Health, is working with community-based and faith-based organizations toContinue reading “Vaccination Provides Safer More Reliable Protection”

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 individualsContinue reading “Best Practice Briefs: Reducing Health Disparities”


Huron Plainsman Article Highlights Tobacco Video Challenge Read full article: HURON — The Huron Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA)  club had its anti-vaping hashtag entry selected for a statewide award. “#BeTuffDontpuff,” was the entry submitted by the Huron students, according to Mindy Heuer, the project manager for the Tobacco Disparities Grant, administered byContinue reading “#BeTuffDontPuff”