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Kim Malsam-Rysdon, Secretary of Health
South Dakota Department of Health

South Dakota Preventable Death Committee

The South Dakota Department of Health has received a grant through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to implement a South Dakota Violent Death Reporting System (SD-VDRS) to collect data from death certificates, medical examiners/coroners and law enforcement related to various violent deaths to inform prevention efforts. About 80% of the violent deaths that would be included in SD-VDRS are suicides, which continue to increase nationally and in South Dakota. As part of the grant, the Department of Health formed the South Dakota Preventable Death Committee to assist with implementing the SD-VDRS but also to review other Department of Health death review processes including infant, child and maternal.

Meetings

Committee Members

  • Colleen Winter, South Dakota Department of Health, Chair
  • Kiley Hump, South Dakota Department of Health, Assistant Chair
  • Brian Zeeb, South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation
  • Erin Baumgart, South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation
  • Dan Rafferty, Avera Health System
  • David Hill, Sanford Health
  • Dr. Habbe, Black Hills Clinical Lab Medical Examiner
  • Dr. Keith Snell, Minnehaha County medical Examiner
  • Joe Bosman, Minnehaha County Sheriff Office
  • Mark East, South Dakota State Medical Association
  • Mike Colwill, Sioux Falls Police Department
  • Nicole Kerkenbush, Rapid City Regional Health System
  • Rep. Erin Healy, Legislator
  • Sarah Shewbrooks, Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board
  • Sen. Wayne Steinhaer, Legislator
  • Trent Nelson, Pennington County Coroner
  • Virgena Wieseler, South Dakota Department of Social Services

Committee Staff

  • Amanda Nelson, South Dakota Department of Health, Injury Prevention Epidemiologist
  • Ashley Miller, South Dakota Department of Health, Chronic Disease Epidemiologist
  • Mariah Pokorny, South Dakota Department of Health, State Registrar
  • Dr. Josh Clayton, South Dakota Department of Health, State Epidemiologist
  • Dr. Mary Carpenter, South Dakota Department of Health and Social Services, Medical Consultant
  • Linda Ahrendt, South Dakota Department of Health, Child and Family Services
  • Mark Gildemaster, South Dakota Department of Health, Data and Statistics

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