South Dakota’s Health Care industry is a major source of employment and earnings, accounting for 16% of all workers in privately owned establishments and nearly 20% of those employers’ payrolls.
The South Dakota Primary Care Office (PCO) is housed within the South Dakota Department of Health (DOH), Office of Rural Health (ORH). The mission of the ORH is to improve the delivery of health services to rural and medically underserved communities, emphasizing access. The ORH’s efforts are largely aimed at the local level within South Dakota’s communities, most of which are rural and/or frontier.
Recognizing the importance of a highly trained and available healthcare workforce, the South Dakota Department of Health established the Healthcare Workforce Center to help address the healthcare workforce needs of the State. The purpose of the Center is to function as a clearinghouse for healthcare workforce-related data and information. The Center is also designed to develop and implement programs and projects that assist individuals, agencies and facilities in their efforts to ensure a competent and qualified healthcare workforce to meet the health needs of all South Dakota residents.