South Dakota Discretionary Awards

Project Title: Family Professional Partnership/CSHCN

Grant Number: H84MC07994
Project Start Date: June 01, 2007
Project End Date: May 31, 2022
Organization: South Dakota Parent Connection, Inc.
Address: W 22nd Street Sioux Falls SD 57105
Project Director: Lisa Sanderson
Phone Number: (605) 361-3171
Email: lsanderson@sdparent.org

Project Description

Vast frontier and rural regions, including nine Indian Reservations within state borders, coupled with significant health professional shortages in primary medical, mental health and dental care statewide present barriers in accessing needed services for South Dakota families of children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN). Lack of public transportation, limited access to private vehicles, extended travel time and resultant expenses, extreme weather, and limited acceptance of Medicaid reimbursement rates all create additional barriers for those with the fewest resources. The F2FHIC will meet the health information and support needs of families of CYSHCN by providing comprehensive, culturally responsive, family-centered, community based, and easily accessible information, resources, training, individualized assistance and parent support to families, professionals and project partners. The project will serve all South Dakota families of CYSHCN.

Project Title: Universal Newborn Hearing and Screening

Grant Number: H61MC28391
Project Start Date: April 01, 2015
Project End Date: March 31, 2020
Organization: SOUTH DAKOTA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Address: 600 East Capitol Avenue, Pierre SD 57501
Project Director: Lucy Fossen
Phone Number: (605) 773-2944
Email: lucy.fossen@state.sd.us

Project Description

The goal of the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Program is to support the development of state and territory programs and systems of care to ensure that children who are deaf or hard of hearing are identified through newborn, infant, and early childhood hearing screening and receive diagnosis and appropriate early intervention to optimize language, literacy, cognitive, social, and emotional development. 

Project Title: EMSC Partnership Grants

Grant Number: H33MC06693
Project Start Date: March 01, 2006
Project End Date: March 31, 2022
Organization: UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH DAKOTA
Address: E Clark St Vermillion SD 57069
Project Director: Corolla Lauck
Phone Number: (605) 328-6668
Email: corolla.lauck@usd.edu

Project Description

Assess and improve operational capacity of South Dakota to provide emergency care to children within our state. Evaluation and strategic planning will be incorporated to identify and generate support for sustainability of EMSC initiatives through legislative, regulatory, policy changes or other means.

Project Title: MCHB State Systems Development Initiative

Grant Number: H18MC00046
Project Start Date: October 01, 1993
Project End Date: November 30, 2022
Organization: SOUTH DAKOTA STATE DEPT OF HEALTH
Address: E Capitol Ave Pierre SD 57501
Project Director: Linda Ahrendt
Phone Number: (605) 773-4074
Email: linda.ahrendt@state.sd.us

Project Description

The 2017-2022 South Dakota SSDI grant application focus is on enhanced capacity of South Dakota’s collection and analysis of core data sets to inform the needs assessment and performance measure reporting for the Title V Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Block Grant. The enhanced/expanded data will assist in decision making and resource allocation that supports effective, efficient and quality programming for all domains. SSDI will also support the needs assessment process for Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) and Family Planning programs.

Project Title: Healthy Tomorrows Partnership for Children Program

Grant Number: H17MC30734
Project Start Date: March 01, 2017
Project End Date: February 28, 2022
Organization: YOUTH AND FAMILY SERVICES INC
Address: PO Box 2813 Rapid City SD 57709
Project Director: Burke Eilers
Phone Number: (605) 342-4789
Email: beilers@youthandfamilyservices.org

Project Description

Many children in residential care for behavioral health issues come from dysfunctional family systems. The therapeutic setting can be effective while the child is in residence, but too often the child is discharged and returns to the same dysfunctional environment, family systems, and social networks he/she was in prior to out-of-home placement. These unchanged systems negate the child’s previous progress. The child’s family also often lacks the skills, experience, and opportunity to access and utilize basic and preventive health care services or other community resources. While abuse and neglect make some family environments unsafe for children, other struggling families demonstrate a willingness to change and just need assistance in addressing their unmet needs. Rapid City and the state of South Dakota struggle to address issues related to the high cost of residential care, in providing viable alternatives for youth, and the local surveillance required to inform stakeholders.

Project Title: Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disorders Training Program

Grant Number: T73MC00037
Project Start Date: July 01, 1991
Project End Date: June 30, 2021
Organization: UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH DAKOTA
Address: E Clark St Vermillion SD 57069
Project Director: Eric Kurtz
Phone Number: (605) 357-1439
Email: Eric.Kurtz@usd.edu

Project Description

There is a critical need for highly trained healthcare leaders who utilize interdisciplinary, family centered, culturally competent approaches to care for the evaluation and treatment of infants and children with neurodevelopmental and related disabilities in South Dakota and the Upper Midwest.

Project Title: Healthy Start Initiative-Eliminating Racial/Ethnic Disparities

Grant Number: H49MC00069
Project Start Date: February 01, 2002
Project End Date: March 31, 2024
Organization: GREAT PLAINS TRIBAL CHAIRMEN'S HEALTH BOARD
Address: Rand Rd Rapid City SD 57702
Project Director: Linda Littlefield
Phone Number: (605) 721-1922
Email: linda.littlefield@gptchb.org

Project Description

Plains Healthy Start (GPHS) has served American Indian (AI) women and their children in the Great Plains Region with Healthy Start services designed to reduce infant mortality and eliminate disparity for more than 26 years. In the 2019-2024 project period, the Healthy Start focus also includes fathers. The AI families of the Great Plains suffer some of the highest rates of disparity in the nation in Infant Mortality, poor health outcomes for children, chronic disease, and each of the Social Determinants of Health. In the 2019-2024 project period, Healthy Start will address this disparity among the very rural communities of seven tribes residing in 40 counties across North Dakota, South Dakota, and Nebraska. Healthy Start uses best practices and culturally adapted evidence-based curriculum to provide: case management, care coordination, risk and developmental screening and referral, health education, social and concrete support, and home visiting services to women of childbearing age.

Project Title: Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Grant Program

Grant Number: X10MC33609
Project Start Date: September 30, 2019
Project End Date: September 29, 2021
Organization: South Dakota Department of Health
Address: 600 E Capitol Ave Pierre SD 57501
Project Director: Carrie Churchill
Phone Number: (605) 394-2495
Email: carrie.churchill@state.sd.us

Project Description

The Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Program supports the delivery of coordinated and comprehensive high-quality and voluntary early childhood home visiting services to eligible families living in at-risk communities. The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), which administers this program in partnership with the Administration for Children and Families, funds states, territories, and tribal entities to develop and implement evidence-based programs that best meet the needs of their communities.

Date Last Reviewed:  November 2020