South Dakota Department of Health

Suicide Prevention Grant To Incorporate Native Culture

Aug 19, 2019
SD Department of Health

A suicide prevention grant is targeting Native Communities in the Black Hills. The Garrett Lee Smith grant awards more than three million dollars over five years. Recipients plan to work against suicides in Native youth by training local police departments, schools and healthcare facilities. 

 

The Great Plains Tribal Chairmen's Health Board is focusing prevention tactics for Native youth between ten and 24 years old. Charles Sitting Bull is the Director of Behavioral Health. He says as a population, Native youth are at high risk for suicide. 

Josh Haiar

In The Moment ... August 6, 2019 Show 631 Hour 2

In conjunction with nationwide efforts to promote the benefits of breastfeeding, Governor Kristi Noem has proclaimed August 1-7 World Breastfeeding Week in South Dakota. This year's theme is "Empower Parents, Enable Breastfeeding."

The South Dakota Department of Health invites businesses to take an online pledge to support nursing mothers. The department also offers Breastfeeding-Friendly Business Grants.

Health Department official Megan Hlavacek joins In The Moment along with Therese Marlette of Sanford Health.

As healthcare professionals bring more focus to mental health treatment, one effort is  to prevent suicide.  The best way to  know what works and what doesn’t:  data and research.

In 2015, Avera Health began a Zero Suicide initiative to collect patient data and track the effectiveness of depression screening and treatment. But there were a pieces of data that Avera couldn’t access...until now. A new partnership with the South Dakota Department of Health is filling in data gaps to  help  prevent future suicides.

Adria Botella

In The Moment ... June 27, 2018 Show 367 Hour 1

We talk this hour about addressing opioid overuse and abuse in South Dakota and the statewide efforts and policies to save lives.

We're joined by:
Tom Martinec, Deputy Secretary, South Dakota Department of Health

Tiffany Wolfgang, Director, Division of Behavioral Health Services, SD DSS

Tim Rave, VP of Public Policy, Sanford Health

In The Moment ... January 2, 2018 Show 247 Hour 1

Dr. Josh Clayton is the state's new epidemiologist. He joins us for an overview of his role, an update on the current flu season, and thoughts on South Dakota's infant mortality rate and opioid use statistics.

STDs Hit 30 Year High In SD

Jul 18, 2016
South Dakota Department of Health

State health officials warn that sexually transmitted diseases are at a 30 year high in South Dakota. 

In South Dakota this year there are over 2,000 cases of chlamydia, over 600 cases of gonorrhea and 17 cases of syphilis.

Lon Kightlinger is the state epidemiologist for the South Dakota Department of Health. He says rates of all sexually transmitted diseases are increasing.

South Dakota Department of Health

Do you understand all the twists and turns that Medicaid expansion has taken is South Dakota?

Secretary of Health Kim Malsam-Rysdon joins Dakota Midday to help answer some of those questions. She discusses some of the finer details of the governor's plan and the current state of Indian Health Services.

West Nile Virus Found In Brown County

Jun 14, 2016
South Dakota Public Broadcasting

Mosquitoes in Brown County tested positive for West Nile virus. It’s the first detection of the season in South Dakota. State epidemiologist Dr. Lon Kightlinger says this means the virus is here for the summer. Kightlinger says Brown County is the national hotspot for West Nile virus, but people across the state should take safety measures.
 

SDPB

A bill aiming for the legalization of medical marijuana has been amended to only allow for cannabidiol, one of the main chemical compounds found in the plant. Lawmakers haven’t decided whether or not to pass Senate Bill 171 out of committee.

 

Stanley Steemer

 

Inadequate air-flow during winter months and wet, soggy, spring-time conditions can contribute to mold taking up residence in homes. Officials explain where to look for mold, some of the health effects, and how to get rid of this potentially destructive, dangerous, unwanted house-guest.

Officials say mold can be a problem for many South Dakotans – it can take a toll on people’s health and homes.

Jeff Hester is a certified mold specialist with Stanley Steemer in the Black Hills.