YRAHEC Director Williams Receives Award


Williams, left, and Celmer back at the office in Yankton after the mentoring award presentation in Vermillion May 13. The outstanding mentorship award recognized Williams for making a difference.

YRAHEC Director Sandy Viau-Williams receives mentoring award from the University of South Dakota

At the University of South Dakota Department of Health Sciences Spring 2015 Advisory Board Meeting, June Larson, Associate Dean, recognized Yankton Rural AHEC Executive Director Sandy Williams for her contribution in mentoring a recent alum. Larson described for attendees how, through Williams’ mentorship, USD Health Sciences Alum Corryn Celmer became a valued member of the Yankton Rural AHEC team, recently being appointed as one of ten Regional Coordinators on a 5-year project through the National AHEC Organization in partnership with the Center for Disease Control. This project provides continuing education to healthcare professionals on the necessity to vaccinate 11 and 12 year old girls and boys to guard against the human papillomavirus (HPV).

Congratulations to Corryn for being named as one of 10 HPV regional coordinators around the United States. She will coordinate activities within the CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Region H, which includes Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Utah and Colorado. Look for more information on this project very soon.