Public Health

Mental Health Pandemic

Apr 8, 2020
NPR

In The Moment ... April 7, 2020 Show 790 Hour 1

As America faces the coronavirus pandemic, many also warn of a mental health pandemic. As South Dakotans face the intense disruption of their lives, they also face isolation and anxiety. Dr. Matt Stanley is a psychiatrist with Avera Health. He is the clinical Vice President of the Behavioral Health Services Line. He joining us to talk about how people with ongoing needs are still engaged in mental health care and services and how people seeking help for the first time are being served. 

 

Navigating The Modeling & Predictions

Apr 7, 2020
NPR

In The Moment ... April 7, 2020 Show 790 Hour 2

Elizabeth Racz is an epidemiologist and public health expert at South Dakota Mines & Technology who teaches in the pre-health and biology program on campus. She's been helping us navigate the modeling and predictions of the pandemic. She joins us with an update and to answer your questions about the progression of coronavirus in South Dakota.   

Education and Healthcare reporting on SDPB is supported by Monument Health of Rapid City

SDPB

In The Moment ... March 17, 2020 Show 775 Hour 2

The South Dakota Board of Regents has announced all public universities will move to online learning for at least the next two weeks in light of public health concerns regarding coronavirus.  Professor Elizabeth Racz, Ph.D., MPH, is an epidemiologist and public health expert at South Dakota Mines & Technology. She teaches in the pre-health and biology program on campus.   

Education and Healthcare reporting on SDPB is supported by Monument Health of Rapid City

City of Sioux Falls

The Sioux Falls Board of Health is considering regulations to bring before the City Council that limit gatherings to 50 people or less in city facilities. This is a drop from last week’s limit to gatherings of 250 people or less to prevent spread of COVID-19.

Jill Franken is the Public Health Director for the City of Sioux Falls. She says this new limit recommendation is based on updated guidance from the federal Centers for Disease Control issued on Sunday.

Changes Made In Response To Lead In Water

Apr 5, 2016
DENR

State and federal officials are making adjustments to the water testing process after major lead issues in Flint, Michigan, and a recent concern in a small town right here in South Dakota.

Bill Requiring Meningitis Vaccine Moves Forward

Feb 4, 2016

Students may soon have to receive a meningitis vaccine before entering middle school. A state House committee passed a measure requiring the vaccine. The discussion centered on public health and patient choice.

 

Proponents of Senate Bill 28 say meningitis is a dangerous disease, and the vaccine helps save lives and protect the public. Justin Bell represents the South Dakota State Medical Association.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

The City of Sioux Falls is now part of a national effort that focuses on protecting people while they use public streets. More than 200 cities are taking the US Department of Transportation’s Safer People, Safer Streets challenge. Local leaders are providing city councilors a policy proposal regarding complete streets.