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”

AVEL eCare Grief and Loss Care

AVEL eCare is recruiting facilities and organization to participate in an educational program opportunity focused on long-term care, geriatrics, and Medical Order for Scope of Treatment (MOST). In partnership with the South Dakota Department of Health, Avel eCare Senior Care is offering nursing home leaders, clinicians, and emergency responders the opportunity to participate in hands-onContinue reading “AVEL eCare Grief and Loss Care”

Music & Memory Featured in MED Magazine

Music & Memory:  SDFMC Program Explores the Connection Read the full article. Program Coordinator Denise Kolba, MS, CNS, RN, says this simple intervention can make a huge difference for residents, staff, and families. “It is really remarkable what listening to personalized music can do,” says Kolba. “Research has shown that it can reduce restraint usage,Continue reading “Music & Memory Featured in MED Magazine”

Organizations Join Behind ‘Mask Up South Dakota’

SIOUX FALLS/RAPID CITY (October 27, 2020) A group of organizations in South Dakota have joined to recommend and promote masking as COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations surge throughout the state and wider region. Behind a simple message of “Mask Up South Dakota” and a hash tag of #MaskUpSoDak, these organizations include the South Dakota State MedicalContinue reading “Organizations Join Behind ‘Mask Up South Dakota’”

SDFMC Launches Phase Two of Music & Memory

The South Dakota Foundation for Medical Care (SDFMC) is proud to announce being the recipient of a contract award with the South Dakota Department of Health to implement the nationally recognized Music & Memory® program in nursing homes across our state through May 2022. SDFMC will work with 41 nursing homes across the state toContinue reading “SDFMC Launches Phase Two of Music & Memory”

Detention Leads to Juvenile Arthritis Diagnosis for 11 Year Old

Most eleven year old boys love physical education class, but Caleb Hestad refused to do his push-ups, and received both detention and a diagnosis of Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA). August is Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month and an opportunity to bring attention to the stories of children like Caleb who face the daily challenges of arthritisContinue reading “Detention Leads to Juvenile Arthritis Diagnosis for 11 Year Old”