Melissa Magstadt, South Dakota Secretary of Health

Rural Healthcare Facility Recruitment Assistance Program

The Rural Healthcare Facility Recruitment Assistance Program provides a $10,000 payment to eligible health professionals who complete a three-year, full-time service commitment. The health professional must enter into a three-way contract between the employing facility and the state. Eligible facilities must be located in a community with a population of 10,000 or less. Applications must be submitted by employing facility with a limit of 3 participants per employing facility.


Eligible occupations Eligible facilities
Dietitian or Nutritionist South Dakota licensed:
Nurse (LPN or RN) Hospitals
Occupational therapist Nursing homes
Respiratory therapist Federally certified home health agencies
Laboratory technologist Chemical dependency treatment facilities
Pharmacist Intermediate care facilities for individuals with intellectual disabilities
Physical therapist Community support providers
Paramedic Community mental health centers
Medical technologist ESRD facilities
Radiologic technologist Community health centers (FQHCs)
Speech therapist Ambulance services
Healthcare social worker  
  • The Rural Healthcare Facility Recruitment Assistance Program accepts applications from May 1 - December 31 each year. After printing, please sign and date the form. Applications can be mailed to the Office of Rural Health, 600 East Capitol, Pierre, SD 57501, or faxed to 605-773-5683.

  • Frequently Asked Questions

  • For more information contact the South Dakota Office of Rural Health, 600 E. Capitol, Pierre, SD, 57501; phone 1-800-738-2301.

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