Sharing Pregnancy Milestones with First-Time Moms

Becoming pregnant is a major milestone in a person’s life. However, there are numerous mini-milestones sprinkled along the 40-week pregnancy journey. A very memorable milestone is feeling the baby move for the first time!   The Bright Start program in South Dakota is here to help first-time mothers along their journey of pregnancy and be thereContinue reading “Sharing Pregnancy Milestones with First-Time Moms”

Nurses Week May 6-12: Thank You to all Nurses  

It’s a special week in the medical field! May 6- 12, 2023, is Nurses Week and an opportunity to appreciate nurses who work tirelessly for their patients. South Dakota Foundation for Medical Care (SDFMC) encourages everyone to reach out and send thanks to the nurses in their life.    Nancy McDonald, BSN, RN, CPHQ, director of qualityContinue reading “Nurses Week May 6-12: Thank You to all Nurses  “

A Positive Start to Motherhood

No one would be here today without a special woman in their life. Mothers play an important role in every child’s life, whether it is their first or last! They impact their child’s growth and development and set the foundation for learning. Let’s celebrate all mothers, especially first-time mothers, this coming Mother’s Day! SDFMC Bright Start is a partContinue reading “A Positive Start to Motherhood”

Jess Danko Awarded 5 Year Service Award, Better Choices Better Health 

Helping others overcome the challenges of managing chronic disease provides inspiration and motivation to members and workshop leaders. Jess Danko, MSHA, RRT, LTC-CIP, program manager for the South Dakota Foundation for Medical Care (SDFMC) recently received a five-year recognition award as a Better Choices, Better Health (BCBH) leader.    In the past five years, Danko hasContinue reading “Jess Danko Awarded 5 Year Service Award, Better Choices Better Health “

May 9: SDAHQ Spring Conference Offers Networking and Continuing Education

Quality improvement professionals of every level from any health care setting can benefit from the networking and training offered by the South Dakota Association of Healthcare Quality (SDAHQ). With a common focus on quality improvement, the South Dakota Foundation for Medical Care (SDFMC) is actively engaged in coordinating the upcoming SDAHQ Spring Conference 2023, being heldContinue reading “May 9: SDAHQ Spring Conference Offers Networking and Continuing Education”

April 18: Opening Doors to Improved Mental Health

Many individuals with mental health issues have faced closed doors and struggle to access appropriate care services. Instead, individuals may turn to an open bottle. Whether it is pills or alcohol, their unmet need for mental health care may escalate into substance use disorder. “Understanding how behavioral health impacts medical needs reduces complications and healthContinue reading “April 18: Opening Doors to Improved Mental Health”

Expanding Support for Expectant Mothers 

The Bright Start Nurse Family Program is providing personal nurse support from pregnancy to the child’s second birthday for a growing number of South Dakota women. Pregnant women, family members, friends, and health care professionals can use the Bright Start Referral Form to connect women to services in 19 communities across the state. Women whoContinue reading “Expanding Support for Expectant Mothers “

Lending a Health Care Helping Hand

Community health workers (CHW) are rising to the top of the list of who to know in South Dakota communities. But what is a CHW? A CHW is a person who helps to create connections and relieves pressures from individuals and health care professionals. CHWs help individuals locate community resources and navigate the health care system.Continue reading “Lending a Health Care Helping Hand”

Safe and Sanitized Environment is Foundational for Health

Creating a culture where infection prevention practices become universal in all activities is the focus for Project Firstline (PFL), a national training collaborative from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Routine cleaning and disinfecting practices are important for protecting public health, and South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem proclaimed March 26 – April 1,Continue reading “Safe and Sanitized Environment is Foundational for Health”