SD Department of Health Announces Groundbreaking for New Workforce and Education Center in Pierre

For Immediate Release: 04/10/2024
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SD Department of Health Announces Groundbreaking for New Workforce and Education Center in Pierre

PIERRE, SD – The South Dakota Department of Health (DOH) announces a significant milestone in its ongoing efforts to advance public health within the state. The groundbreaking ceremony for the new Workforce and Education Center, located in Pierre, will take place on Tuesday, April 23, 2024, at 11 a.m. CT at the SD Public Health Laboratory. This marks the commencement of a project aimed to revolutionize public health education and workforce development in South Dakota and across the country.

"We are at a pivotal moment in our journey to advance public health in South Dakota," said Department of Health Secretary, Melissa Magstadt. "The construction of the Workforce and Education Center is a testament to our shared commitment to enhancing the health and prosperity of South Dakota. My team and I are proud to lead this historic construction project."

This state-of-the-art facility represents a crucial investment in the future of South Dakota, designed to enhance collaboration, foster innovative teamwork and partnerships, and expand educational opportunities in the field of public health. The new center underscores the Department of Health's commitment to improving community well-being and elevating standards of innovation and public engagement across the state.

“The groundbreaking ceremony is open to the public and will provide us an opportunity to share updates on the project, discuss its impact, and explore avenues for deepening collaboration to benefit the Pierre community and the entire state,” stated Magstadt.

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At the heart of the Department of Health’s mission is a simple yet profound goal: to protect and improve the health of all South Dakotans. The department is entrusted with the vital task of promoting wellness, preventing disease, and ensuring access to quality healthcare for all South Dakotans across our great state.