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!

Health Disparity Series – May 2022

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.


Valuing Diversity at Monument Health – May 24, 2022

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. 

Sandra Ogunremi
DHA, MSA, B. Pharm, CCDP, CDM, MPM, SCPM, CLC
Monument Health 

Addressing Health Disparity in the Dakotas – April 26, 2022

Life is complicated and every person faces different challenges. Social, economic, and environmental factors where people live, work, learn, and play have a profound impact on overall health. It is important to acknowledge health disparities because they provide a metric to measure progress toward advancing health equity. Addressing health disparities leads to improved quality of life. Policies, cultural norms and values, and access to resources play a role in shaping health inequities.

Working to Unite HuronMay 3, 2022

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 Health Food Options – May 10, 2022

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 – May 17, 2022

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 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.

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

Face It TOGETHER

Megan Colwell
Director of Community Engagement

Reentry Services to Break the Cycle – January 13, 2022

Lutheran Social Services

Jay Marchand, CSW-PIP
Director of Reentry Services

The Body Keeps the ScoreJanuary 25, 2022

Monument Health Behavioral Health Center

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

Crisis Prevention and Management Series – December 2021

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.

Extending Independent Living through Social Interaction – December 1, 2021

Lutheran Social Services

Amy Feterl
Better Together Coordinator

Providing Hope for Individuals Experiencing Suicidal Desperation – December 8, 2021

Helpline

Sheri Nelson
Suicide Prevention Director

Navigating a Healthy Path Beyond Human Trafficking – December 15, 2021

Call To Freedom

Michelle Treasure
Associate Director

Behavioral Health Access Series – August 2021

Integrating Behavioral Health in Primary Care Practice – August 2, 2021

Community HealthCare Association of the Dakotas

Robin Landwehr, DBH, LPCC
Behavioral Health Director

Prioritizing the Mental Wellbeing of Youth in the Black Hills – August 12, 2021

Community Health Center of the Black Hills

Kara Roland, RN, BSN
Iris Clinic Nurse

Considering Tribal Culture in the Care Plan – August 26, 2021

South Dakota Urban Indian Health

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

Spectra Support on a Case-by-Case Basis – September 2, 2021

Spectra Health

Kayla Hochstetler, LMSW

Chronic Disease Management Series – March 2021

Champions for Diabetes Prevention – March 18, 2021

Madison Regional Health System

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

Monument’s Epic Chronic Disease Referrals – March 25, 2021

Monument Health

Shelly Roy, DNP, MHA, BSN

Connecting Life Events to Lifestyle Change – April 1, 2021

South Dakota Foundation for Medical Care

Denise Kolba, MS, RN