Category: News Releases 2015


High School Students: Thinking about entering the Video Contest?

Don’t forget time is ticking on the 2016 Healthcare Video Contest. Entries are due Feb. 17, 2016.

We found an interesting resource from Understand Media. We realize students entering the healthcare video contest do not have media budgets or expensive equipment; but this article might give you some ideas of what public service announcements are all about.

One thing to keep in mind, as Understand Media mentions is the importance of selecting your approach. Who is the target market and what is your purpose? The Healthcare Video Contest focuses on creating awareness about healthcare workforce needs, in particular with this year’s contest – the need for Certified Nursing Assistants and EMTs/Paramedics.

Who are the people that may be thinking about careers right now? For one, people just like you – who are in high school and thinking about their future careers. There could be others, too, who have already been in the workforce but are thinking about a different career.

Another tip for developing PSAs: Grab your listener’s attention.

Understand Media also mentions ideas about how to use language. How might you go about creating a connection between the announcer and the listener?

Remember you only have 26 seconds. Understand Media suggests narrowing the message’s focus. Some of the most recognized PSAs are very simple, remember the frying pan and the egg? As the Center for Digital Education points out, that PSA consisted of only 15 words: “This is your brain. This is drugs. This is your brain on drugs? Any questions?”

The Center for Digital Education has an itemized list to get started on creating a PSA.

We look forward to viewing your entries. Don’t hesitate to contact Yankton Rural AHEC with any questions.

Here’s a link to video contest information.


2016 Healthcare Video Contest Underway!

WaytogoCNA$2,000 in cash prizes to be awarded in the 2016 South Dakota Healthcare Video Contest

YANKTON, S.D. – A short message promoting healthcare careers could earn a creative high school team a $1,000 prize to be split with their school. Two runners-up will each split $500 with their schools, for a total of $2,000 in cash prizes to be awarded in the 2016 Healthcare Video contest.

South Dakota students, grades 9 through 12, are encouraged to create a 26-second video promoting the healthcare careers of Certified Nursing Assistants and/or Emergency Medical Technicians/Paramedics.

Three paramedics stand outside an ambulance and emergency room.South Dakota’s healthcare industry is projected to be among the largest growth industries from 2012-2022. The industry is expected to add 7,305 workers to South Dakota’s economy, which is a 13.8% growth almost double the 7% growth projected for all industries. The 65 and older population will increase by 95% between 2015 and 2035.

Videos will be judged on four criteria: educational value, entertainment value, originality and content. Videos are to be 26 seconds with no more than five participants per team.

The contest is sponsored by the SD Association of Healthcare Organizations, the SD Healthcare Workforce Center, Yankton Rural Area Health Education Center (YRAHEC) and Midcontinent Communications. The winning video may appear on regional television as a public service announcement, which will be determined by the sponsors based on entries received.

The contest aims to bring a greater awareness to high school students, their peers and others about the demand for healthcare workers in the state.

Contact your high school counselor or Yankton Rural AHEC for more information. Visit for contest details, forms and rules. Telephone YRAHEC at 605-655-1400. Entry deadline to YRAHEC is Feb. 17, 2016.


Scrubs Camp – Yankton Oct. 6, 2015

Yankton Rural AHEC hosted a Scrubs Camp on October 6th in the Avera Sacred Heart Professional Office Pavilion. High school students from 11 area schools attended the day designed to bring hands on activities in healthcare career exploration. The camp increases awareness, interest and understanding of the healthcare career opportunities in South Dakota. Avera Sacred Heart President/CEO Doug Ekeren welcomed the students and encouraged them to be involved in the healthcare field in any way they could, from volunteering and shadowing to becoming a CNA before attending college.

The students had a busy day with presentations on different careers including: Dietitian, EMT and Paramedics, Behavioral Health, Radiologic Tech, SDMyLife, Family Nurse Practitioner, Pediatrician, and LPN/CNA. Exhibitors included USD, WIT, SDSU, MMC, Augustana, MTI, SD Human Services Center, Avera Senior Services and Yankton Rural AHEC. Thank you to our regional exhibitors and speakers from Yankton County EMS, Avera Sacred Heart School of Radiologic Technology, Hy-Vee, SD Human Services Center, SDMyLife, SDSU, Yankton Medical Clinic, and Allied Health for making Scrubs Camp such a success!

The video will give you a glimpse at the activity-filled day.

Contact Corryn Celmer, Yankton Rural AHEC program specialist, with questions or comments regarding Scrubs Camp.

Yankton Rural AHEC: 605-655-1400 or email

Do you have a preteen or teen? Protect their future with vaccines.

August is National Immunization Awareness Month which serves as a reminder that we all need vaccines throughout our lives.

Taking them to their sports physical, making sure they eat healthy and get plenty
of sleep … you know these are crucial to your adolescent’s health. But did you
also you know your preteens and teens need vaccines to stay healthy and
protected against serious diseases?

As they get older, preteens and teens are at increased risk for some infections.
Plus the protection provided by some of the childhood vaccines begins to wear
off, so preteens need a booster dose. You may have heard about whooping
cough (pertussis) outbreaks recently. Vaccine-preventable diseases are still
around and very real. The vaccines for preteens and teens can help protect your
kids, as well as their friends, community, and other family members.

There are four vaccines recommended for all preteens at ages 11 to 12. Teens
may also need a booster dose of one of the shots or get any shots they may
have missed. You can use any health care visit, including sports or camp
physicals, checkups or some sick visits, to get the shots your kids need. The
vaccines recommended for preteen and teen girls and boys are:

• Quadrivalent meningococcal conjugate vaccine, which protects
against four types of meningococcal disease. Meningococcal disease is
caused by bacteria and is a leading cause of bacterial meningitis – a
serious infection around the brain and spinal cord – in teens and young
• HPV vaccine, which protects against the types of HPV that most
commonly cause cancer. HPV can cause future cancers of the cervix,
vulva and vagina in women and cancers of the penis in men. In both
women and men, HPV also causes mouth/throat (oropharyngeal) cancer,
anal cancer and genital warts.
• Tdap vaccine, which is a booster shot against tetanus, diphtheria and
pertussis. Pertussis (whooping cough) can keep kids out of school and
activities for weeks. It can also be spread to babies who are too young to
be vaccinated, and this disease can be very dangerous and sometimes
deadly for babies.
• Influenza (flu) vaccine, because even healthy kids can get the flu, and it
can be serious. All kids, including your preteens and teens, should get the
flu vaccine every year. Parents should also get vaccinated to protect
themselves and to help protect their children.

Talk with your child’s health care professional to find out which vaccines your
preteens and teens need. Vaccines are a crucial step in keeping your kids

Want to learn more about the vaccines for preteens and teens? Check out or call 1-800-CDC-INFO.