West River Area Health Education Center

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How the crises of 2020 underscored the value of Area Health Education Centers

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Backed by data, National AHEC Organization seeks increased funding to grow the healthcare workforce for the underserved. Read more here.

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“Health Can Be Fun” Fair spreads knowledge for Rapid City Youth

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To show Rapid City kids how to stay healthy -  staff and students of the West River Area Health Education Center put on a free "Health Can Be Fun Fair" at the OneHeart Campus. Read the article from NewsCenter1 here.

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Monthly AHEC Scholar Profile - May 2021

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Meet one of our 2020 AHEC Scholars! This month we are excited to feature Danielle Theis, a medical student at Saint James School of Medicine.

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USD Medical School Among National Leaders in Producing Rural Physicians

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VERMILLION, S.D. – According to U.S. News and World Report’s 2020 analysis of medical schools in the United States, the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine ranked No. 6 among the nation’s 160 medical education programs for the percentage of its graduates who practice in rural areas. Read more.

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Monthly AHEC Scholar Profile - April 2021

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Meet one of our 2020 AHEC Scholars! This month we are excited to feature Melissa Heyen, a nursing student at USD in Rapid City.

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Monthly AHEC Scholar Profile - March 2021

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Meet one of our 2020 AHEC Scholars! This month we are excited to feature Matie Engel-Linton, a Biomedical Engineering student at South Dakota Mines.

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USD-Rapid City prepares the next generation of nurses for the Black Hills community

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Nurses are some of our most highly respected professionals for their skills, knowledge and commitment to patient care. Their place at the frontline of health care is vital, yet the nation faces a shortage of registered nurses even as the need intensifies.

At the University of South Dakota (USD) - Rapid City, the nursing program is committed to producing the next generation of nurses through a unique interprofessional model that teaches students not only how to care for patients with diverse needs but how to work as a team with other medical professionals.

Read more in the Rapid City Journal article here.

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Sanford announces $300 million for rural health care access

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Today Sanford Health announced a groundbreaking $300 million initiative to transform rural care delivery, improving access to affordable, high-quality health care for generations to come. Read more at their page.

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