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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

  • Beth Dokken, South Dakota Department of Health, Family and Community Health, Chair
  • Dr. Kenneth Snell, Minnehaha County Medical Examiner
  • Trent Nelson, Pennington County Coroner
  • Josh Phillips, Minnehaha County Sheriff's Office
  • Terrance Matia, Sioux Falls Police Department
  • JoLynn Bostrom, South Dakota Department of Social Services, Child Protection Services
  • Kamela Johnson, Monument Health
  • Mark East, South Dakota State Medical Association
  • Dr. Mary Carpenter, South Dakota DOH & DSS Medical Consultant
  • Sarah Shewbrooks, Great Plains Tribal Leaders Health Board
  • Sen. Wayne Steinhaer, Legislator, Chair of the Health Senate Committee
  • Carrie Sanderson, USD Center for Child Maltreatment
  • Dr. Amy Elliot, Avera Health
  • Christy Hacker, Great Plains Tribal Leaders Health Board
  • Sara DeCoteau, Sisseton-Wahpeton Tribal Health
  • Misty Brenden, Sanford Health, Trauma Program Manager
  • Tiffany Wolfgang, South Dakota Department of Social Services
  • Janet Kittams, 211
  • Rep. Kevin Jensen, Legislator, Chair of the Health House Committee
  • Doug Solem, Beadle County Sheriff

Committee Staff

  • Dr. Josh Clayton, South Dakota Department of Health, State Epidemiologist
  • Kiley Hump, South Dakota Department of Health, Project Director and Admin. OCDPHP
  • Linda Ahrendt, South Dakota Department of Health, Child & Family Services Admin.
  • Mariah Pokorny , South Dakota Department of Health, State Vital Records Registrar
  • Dr. Mary Carpenter, South Dakota Department of Health & Department of Social Services Medical Consultant
  • Jennifer Folliard, South Dakota Department of Health, Maternal & Child Health Director
  • Amanda Nelson, South Dakota Department of Health, Epidemiologist
  • Kaylyn Davis, Black Hills Special Services Co-op
  • Katelyn Strasser , South Dakota Department of Health, Epidemiologist
  • Jill Munger, South Dakota Department of Health, Child Death Review Coordinator
  • Deb Kuehn, West River Coordinator
  • Matt Tribble, South Dakota Department of Health, Injury Prevention Coordinator

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