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Exhibitors invited to Improving Combat Veterans Care Conference

photoOrganizations are invited to provide an exhibit at the Improving Combat Veterans Care – Supporting Families Conference in Aberdeen, April 23 or Yankton, April 24. Provide attendees with information about how your organization works with veterans/service members and families, including secondary training and referral resources.

See the registration form for details below. The conference is sponsored by Yankton Rural AHEC, Northeast AHEC, Northern Nebraska AHEC and VA Health Care.

Exhibitor Information & Registration Form



Nation’s Highest Ranking Nurse Visits South Dakota Wednesday

Dr. Mary Wakefield, administrator of the Health Resources and Services Administration since 2009, visited Sioux Falls Wednesday.

Falls Community Health is now nationally recognized as a Level 3 Patient-Centered Medical Home. The recognition was presented with the help of Wakefield. See the link to the KDLT story below.

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Dr. Wakefield also visited Avera’s eCare to examine what the program is doing right and how it can change medicine across the nation. South Dakota although rural, has been a leader of innovation in telemedicine. See the link to the Keloland story below.

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Check this out! 2015 Healthcare Video Contest

Students, time to think about healthcare careers

Students, don’t forget to enter the 2015 Healthcare Video Contest. All it takes is the winning entry consisting of a distinctly, creative 30-second video to win $500 for your team and $500 for your school.

South Dakota students, grades 9 through 12, are encouraged to create a 30-second video boosting healthcare career awareness.

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 30 seconds with no more than five participants per team.

Cash prizes will be awarded to three teams. First prize is $1,000 to be split between the student team and their school. Two runners-up will earn $500 with $250 going to the student team and $250 to the team’s school.

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.



2015 Healthcare Video Contest – Entries Due February 18, 2015

Student creativity could unleash a $1,000 Prize!

YANKTON — A short message promoting healthcare careers could earn a creative high school team a $1,000 prize to be split with their school.

The 2015 Healthcare Video Contest is underway. South Dakota students, grades 9 through 12, are encouraged to create a 30-second video boosting healthcare career awareness.

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 30 seconds with no more than five participants per team.

Cash prizes will be awarded to three teams. First prize is $1,000 to be split between the student team and their school. Two runners-up will earn $500 with $250 going to the student team and $250 to the team’s school.

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 www.yrahec.org for contest details, forms and rules. Telephone YRAHEC at 605-655-1400. Entry deadline to YRAHEC is Feb. 18, 2015.



Kick Butts Day – Stand Out, Speak Up, and Seize Control

20 Years of Kicking Butts!
Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids

The 2015 Youth Advocates of the Year Awards applications are now open. Every year, the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids holds a nationwide competition to identify and honor young people who have taken the lead in fighting tobacco and making a difference in their communities and states.

On May 14, 2015, they will honor a National winner, a group winner and four Regional winners (East, South, Central and West) with their Youth Advocates of the Year Awards. The awards motivate and inspire youth across the country to continue their involvement and launch the winners onto the national stage as role models and accomplished advocates.

The National winner will receive a $5,000 scholarship and a $500 grant. The other individual winner will receive a $2,500 scholarship and $500 grant, and the group winners will receive a $2,500 grant to continue their tobacco control work.

Find more information and an application go to the Kick Butts Day Team website.

Kick Butts Day Update



Enrollment Forums West River/East River in South Dakota

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Two enrollment forums are scheduled in Rapid City and Sioux Falls, SD in December.

These forums are targeted at social service agencies, health & human service agencies, safety-net providers, faith-based organizations, community colleges & technical/professional schools, service industry employers and trade associations.

Interested individuals are asked to join community organizers to learn about the Health Insurance Marketplace, share resources, and plan how to reach, assist and enroll consumers. These events will allow effective planning, partnering, and coordination of enrollment process efforts.

Rapid City: Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014, 9:30-3:30 pm MST, Regional Health Center (Training Room #1) 2925 Regional Way, Rapid City. RSVP: Lori Debaerre/Community Health Center of the Black Hills, adminassistant@chcbh.org

Sioux Falls: Friday, Dec. 12, 2014, 9:30 – 3:30 pm CST, Siouxland Health and Human Services Building (Classroom 1, 2nd floor), 521 N. Main Avenue, Sioux Falls. RSVP: Carol J. Muller/Minnehaha County Human Services, cmuller@minnehahacounty.org  605-978-5596

Links to the flyers are posted below.

Rapid City Enrollment Forum Flyer

Sioux Falls Enrollment Forum Flyer



Dakota Valley High School Student Wins $185,000 Scholarship Award

The National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists announced Chris Pollema, a senior HOSA student from Dakota Valley High School, as the winner of the $185,000 National Academy Medical School Scholarship Challenge.

Chris was selected from over 3,100 applicants across the nation. Applicants were charged with identifying an unsolved medical/scientific/world health problem and then create an original investigation of their own design to solve the problem.

Chris’ topic was entitled “Using the Enzyme Choline Acetyltransferase to Either Prove or Disprove the Cholinergic Theory and Further Alzheimer’s Disease Research.”

Follow this link to read more.

Congratulations Chris!



Health Workforce USA topic at Yankton’s inaugural meeting of 1 Million Cups

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Yankton, South Dakota, soon will be the newest home of a national program to engage, educate and connect local entrepreneurs. 1 Million Cups – based on the notion that entrepreneurs network and discover solutions over a million cups of coffee – is a free, weekly gathering that helps to build startup communities on a grassroots level.

Beginning Oct. 29, 2014 – entrepreneurs, innovators, funders and other interested community members are invited to attend each Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Pavilion, located on the Avera Sacred Heart Hospital campus at 409 Summit.

The inaugural 1 Million Cups in Yankton will feature presentations by Health Workforce USA, which is a start-up venture that consists of a digital platform with social media applications, features and functions aimed at increasing the size and diversity of the healthcare workforce pipeline. The enterprise will provide pipeline and networking services, clinical placement management and training and education. The business model involves providing platform licenses to the 250 Area Health Education Centers in the US and splitting the resulting sales revenues.

Mantis Digital Arts, which creates video games that allow kids to learn about the world around them will also present. Their goal is to give children the means to create conversations with their peers, their educators, and their parents. Their current game in development is called Buzz Whizz: Bees.

View the national website at www.1millioncups.com and access the Yankton, SD microsite at http://yankton.sites.1millioncups.com/   You can sign up to attend the Yankton event at the Yankton site.



Stuck in the Middle

Two Senior Women Friends At Day Care Centre

CBS Sunday Morning ran a story this past weekend about the growing long-term care needs for our older Americans.

Follow the link to watch and/or read the story.

Aging in America – Stuck in the Middle



Links to Federal Health Care Services

Portrait of a male healthcare worker with elderly manThe primary Federal agency for improving access to health care services for people who are uninsured, isolated, or medically vulnerable is the Health Resources and Services Administration or HRSA.

We recently posted several HRSA resources outlining links to health centers, Ryan White HIV/AIDS medical care providers, critical access hospitals, rural health clinics, Indian Health Service, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and the Veterans Health Administration (VA).

Follow this link to community resources.