Best Practice Briefs

SDFMC’s Best Practice Briefs are 20-minute micro-learning sessions to highlight successful system and policy change. The briefs are short, to the point, and real. Real people and real processes that really work!

Crisis Prevention and Management Series – January 2022

Creating connections among community resources and healthcare facilities provides a pathway for individuals to come full circle from a personal crisis to a personal transformation.  Recognizing an individual in need and guiding them to the support services necessary to lift themselves from a desperate situation is a skill every South Dakotan should possess.

This Crisis Prevention and Management Best Practice Briefs series will highlight basic tools for recognizing and assisting an individual in crisis, resources available to reduce the risk of a crisis, and programs and services to reinforce change after a major intervention or treatment program.

Addiction Harm Reduction through Peer CoachingJanuary 4, 2022

Reentry Services to Break the Cycle – January 13, 2022

Jay Marchand, CSW-PIP
Director of Reentry Services

The Body Keeps the ScoreJanuary 25, 2022

Katherine Sullivan, EdD, RN-BC, QMHP
Monument Health Behavioral Health Center Director

Crisis Prevention and Management Series – January

Addiction Harm Reduction through Peer Coaching
January 4, 2022, at 1 PM Central

Pulling from their personal experiences dealing with addiction, peer coaches serve as guides for individuals seeking help for themselves or for a loved one. The innovative approach of Face It TOGETHER provides virtual, phone or in-person sessions for those impacted by addiction. Focused on harm reduction, peer coaching complements traditional treatment options.

Megan Colwell
Director of Community Engagement

Reentry Services to Break the Cycle
January 13, 2022, at 12 PM Central

Poverty, trauma, and untreated mental health conditions often contribute to a vicious cycle of violence, addiction, and criminal activity. Lutheran Social Services has a long history of working with individuals within the correctional system to help break the cycle through counseling, work training and employment, and case management services.

Jay Marchand, CSW-PIP
Director of Reentry Services

The Body Keeps the Score
January 25, 2022, at 1 PM Central

Every aspect of daily life can impact a person’s overall health, and the integrated approach used by Monument Health addresses physical and mental health needs. The growing number of individuals impacted by traumatic experiences of the pandemic, led the behavioral health team to seek out effective methods for supporting whole-person healing.

Katherine Sullivan, EdD, RN-BC, QMHP
Behavioral Health Center Director

Crisis Prevention and Management Series – December

Extending Independent Living through Social Interaction
December 1 @ 12 PM CDT

Maintaining independence becomes challenging for aging individuals who lack a social support network. In addition, many individuals 65 and over are managing chronic health conditions or physical limitations.  Lutheran Social Services’ Better Together program connects these individuals with volunteer “neighbors” to provide companionship and social interaction.

Amy Feterl
Better Together Coordinator

Providing Hope for Individuals Experiencing Suicidal Desperation
December 8 @ 12 PM CDT

The constant bombardment of images, messages, and daily demands prevent most individuals from truly listening and understanding those around us. Mastering the skill of silencing the distractions and engaging in a meaningful conversation can literally save a life.  Helpline teaches these skills and offers resources.

Sheri Nelson
Suicide Prevention Director

Navigating a Healthy Path Beyond Human Trafficking
December 15 @ 12 PM Central

Desperation grasps for hope in any form.  Unfortunately, a promise of hope offered through deception can quickly become a loss of freedom. Human trafficking is an ongoing and growing issue across the Midwest. Individuals are unwittingly finding themselves indebted, enslaved, and alone.  Call To Freedom offers help.

Michelle Treasure
Associate Director

Behavioral Health Access Series

Integrating Behavioral Health in Primary Care Practice
August 2, 2021 at 12:00 PM CT

Whether acute or chronic in nature, physical conditions impact mental health and vice versa.  Community HealthCare Association of the Dakotas shares how federally qualified health centers across the Dakotas utilize an integrated care model to identify patients in need of services and engage the healthcare team and patient in shared decision-making.

Robin Landwehr, DBH, LPCC
Behavioral Health Director

Prioritizing the Mental Wellbeing of Youth in the Black Hills
August 12, 2021 at 12:00 PM CT

The Community Health Center of the Black Hills recognized a need for mental health care for youth in their service area. The pandemic magnified the concerns, and the team committed to a six-month training from the National Council of Mental Well Being as well as launching the Iris Clinic for LGBTQ youth.

Kara Roland, RN, BSN
Iris Clinic Nurse

Considering Tribal Culture in the Care Plan
August 26, 2021 at 12:00 PM Central

Families and communities commonly recognize major events or transitions based on their cultural background. South Dakota Urban Indian Health holistic approach includes pivotal traditions and ceremonies to provide an opportunity for a deeper level of self-reflection and healing.

  • Serene Thin Elk, MA, LPC-MH, LAC, QMHP
  • Theresa Henry, BA, HTMC

Spectra Support on a Case-by-Case Basis
September 2, 2021 at 12:00 PM Central

Spectra Health has fully embraced its integrated model by including social services within the health care team and expectation of care within the clinic. By offering social services support to all community members, Spectra Health was able to increase access to care and reduce health disparities caused by social determinants of health. 

Kayla Hochstetler, LMSW


Chronic Disease Management Series

Champions for Diabetes Prevention
March 18, 2021 at 11:00 AM CT

Madison Regional Health System provides an overview of their effective screen, test, refer process and shares additional insights on the impact of provider champions leading the charge to prevent diabetes.

  • Laura Hoefert, MD
  • Jordan Eichacker, MS, RDN, LN

Monument’s Epic Chronic Disease Referrals
March 25, 2021 at 12:00 PM CT

Monument Health shares how they effectively integrated referrals to chronic disease self-management on a large scale.

Shelly Roy, DNP, MHA, BSN

Connecting Life Events to Lifestyle Change
April 1, 2021 at 12:00 PM CT

Utilizing chronic disease self-management education programs provides guidance beyond the exam room. South Dakota Foundation for Medical Care‘s Better Choices, Better Health Master Trainer will explain how to lead participants on a journey to self-management and improved quality of life.

Denise Kolba, MS, RN