Tinka Duran


In The Moment ... January 2, 2020 Show 725 Hour 2

Palliative care helps relieve symptoms of serious illnesses, but it's not a one-size-fits-all method of specialized care. It's also not always accessible in areas where it's needed most. 

Great Plains Tribal Chairmen's Health Board, Jackie Hendry, SDSU

Palliative care can relieve symptoms of serious illnesses like cancer. But despite high cancer rates on reservations, this specialized care is difficult to access.

A research partnership among South Dakota State University, Massachusetts General Hospital, Avera Health and others is working to develop palliative care options on three of South Dakota’s reservations. The research includes work with community members to ensure culturally-appropriate care.

Victoria Wicks

Members of federally recognized tribes aren’t bound by some of the same restrictions as non-Native people when it comes to signing up for Affordable Care. SDPB’s Victoria Wicks checks in with Tinka Duran, navigator with the Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board, at a weekend informational meeting in Rapid City.
For more information about Affordable Care in South Dakota, go online to the federal website to find a navigator near you.