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South Dakota Department of Health Expands Rural Healthcare Facility Recruitment Assistance Program to Include Dental Hygienists

PIERRE, S.D. - The South Dakota Department of Health is pleased to announce the expansion of the Rural Healthcare Facility Recruitment Assistance Program (RHFRAP) to now include Dental Hygienists as eligible participants. In addition, dental offices will be added as eligible facilities under this program. The decision to include dental hygienists and dental offices is aimed at addressing the growing need for oral health services in rural communities across the state.

June 16, 2023 | Healthcare Recruitment

South Dakota Department of Health Launches New Immunization Information System in Partnership with STChealth

PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Health (DOH), in partnership with STChealth, has announced the launch of its new Immunization Information System (SDIIS), a leading provider of health information technology solutions. The new system will improve immunization reporting and coverage throughout the state, making the lives of public health officials, immunization providers, and local communities easier.

Health Department Announces Grants Available for Local Mosquito Control

PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Health today announced that cities, counties, and tribes can apply, or reapply, to obtain state grant funding to help control mosquito populations and prevent the spread of West Nile Virus (WNV) in their local communities.

May 1, 2023 | Infectious Disease

South Dakota Department of Health Issues Warning about Fentanyl and Xylazine Mix Threat

PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Health (DOH) has issued a warning to the public and medical professionals about the threat of fentanyl mixed with xylazine. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has reported that this mixture is becoming increasingly widespread and poses a significant risk to public health.

April 3, 2023 | Drugs and Alcohol

South Dakota Department of Health Honors Horizon Healthcare with Partner in Health Award

PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Health (DOH) is pleased to announce that Horizon Healthcare has been selected as this year's outstanding Partner in Health. This award recognizes an outstanding community partner who has made a significant contribution in helping to advance the work of the Department at the community level.

April 3, 2023 | Milestones and Celebrations

DOH and DOE Announce K-12 School Air Quality Improvement Project

The South Dakota Departments of Health (DOH) and Education (DOE) are collaborating to provide portable high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) purifying units to accredited K-12 schools throughout South Dakota – all at no cost to the schools.

March 23, 2023 | Children’s Health

Department of Health Announces Funding Opportunity for Long-Term Care Facilities

The South Dakota Department of Health (SDDOH) Office of Health Facilities Licensure and Certification is providing a grant opportunity to support skilled nursing and long-term care facilities in enhancing their infection prevention infrastructure necessary to support resident, visitor, and facility healthcare personnel safety. This funding supports recruitment and retention opportunities for skilled nursing facilities, nursing facilities, and assisted living centers in South Dakota.

Freedom-Focused Healthcare: It Works

In South Dakota, we know our people. We know they desire flexibility, affordable care, and freedom to make their own choices regarding practitioners, insurance, facilities, and treatment options. I believe that the government’s role in healthcare is to empower, support, and partner – not mandate, control, and lock down.

March 7, 2023 | COVID-19

Fake Pills Kill: The Increasing Danger of Fentanyl

Counterfeit pills containing deadly amounts of fentanyl are being seized in unprecedented quantities by the DEA in every state, including SD.

January 23, 2023 | Drugs and Alcohol

Telemedicine Gets a Doctor’s Eyes in the Ambulance in S.D.

South Dakota’s new Telemedicine in Motion program mitigates a critical shortage of experienced paramedics by connecting a doctor or nurse via video and audio to the paramedic in the back of the ambulance.

January 17, 2023 | Milestones and Celebrations

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