Kealey Bultena / SDPB

Medicaid expansion in South Dakota may not happen, but many health care providers say they’re not giving up on reforms that could help the working poor. Some health leaders are looking for other ways to deliver medical care to thousands of people.

Doctor Tim Ridgway says the point of the complicated medical system is to take care of people and improve the health of all individuals in communities.

Ridgway says navigating those elements and figuring out how to pay for all of it is an intricate process.

Charles Michael Ray

Erik Bringswhite is a former Rapid City gang member who now works to stop meth use in South Dakota.  Bringswhite uses Lakota culture and spirituality to reach out to those who are struggling with addiction.

Bringswhite is a meth prevention coordinator with the Oglala Sioux Tribe.   He stopped by the Rapid City studio for an interview with a group of individuals working to curb the use of the addictive drug in the state.

Meth, according to Sgt. Dale McCabe, is a drug without barriers. McCabe has worked with the Rapid City Police Department since 1990, overseeing all violent crime cases the past eight years. Rapid City has seen a record number of homicide and violent crime cases in 2015, directly connected with increased illegal drug use. McCabe joined Dakota Midday to discuss meth, criminal justice reform, and how to the cycle of meth addiction and crime through deterrence, education and prevention.

Black Hills Wildfire Outlook

May 2, 2016

South Dakota has seen two large wildfires this year and the traditional fire season hasn’t even started. But the state fire meteorologist says the intensity of the coming fire season depends on the amount of spring and summer rain. 

Darren Clabo is the state fire meteorologist.  He says warm and dry conditions this winter and early spring are related to the two large wildfires in the Black Hills. The good news, Clabo says, is that wetter weather is ahead.

The Indian Health Service is giving nearly $1 million to prevent methamphetamine use and suicide in South Dakota. The funds are part of more than $13 million awarded nationwide.


The federal government has awarded a $218,000 grant to the Pine Ridge School for suicide prevention.
Bill Mendoza is with the U.S. Department of Education.  He says the grant money will help restore a learning environment at the school.

Third Annual CRCAIH Summit

Jun 12, 2015
Sanford Health

Dr. Amy Elliott, director of the Center for Health Outcomes and Prevention at Sanford Research, visited about the Third Annual Collaborative Research Center for American Indian Health Summit.  In 2013, Sanford Research and its partners received a $13.5 million grant, the largest in its history, from the National Institutes of Health's National Institute on Minority Health and Disparitites to create CRCAIH.

Rapid City Draws Awareness For Suicide Prevention Week

May 22, 2015
Chynna Lockett

It is national suicide prevention week.

About a dozen groups held an event in Rapid City to draw attention to suicide prevention and mental health.

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MRSA, Not Just In Hospitals Anymore

Nov 17, 2014

The cases of invasive MRSA are now up 84% over the five year average in South Dakota.   MRSA is more commonly called a staph infection and is often resistant to common antibiotics.  So far this year  140 cases have been reported.    
State Epidemiologist Lon Keightlinger says the practice of basic hygiene, hand washing, and wound care are still the best defenses against  MRSA.

Wildfire Awareness Week

May 5, 2014

May 3-10 is Wildfire Awareness Week to raise public awareness of wildfires and promote actions that reduce the risk from wildfires to homes and communities. In the outlook through the end of June, the forecast is for average to below average large fire potential with fire potential the highest over south central and southeastern South Dakota. Darren Clabo, state fire meteorologist, discussed the current fire weather conditions and the potential for the coming months.

Cancer Prevention And Research Funding

Dec 20, 2013

As our understanding of cancer evolves, so must research into the disease that strikes more than one million Americans each year. But federal funding is in jeopardy, and experts says the private sector can’t make up the lack of government money. The American Cancer Society’s Cancer Action Network is the advocacy division that raises money and awareness for cancer prevention, research and treatment. SDPB's Kealey Bultena sat down with Dr.