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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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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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U.S. Department of Labor Announces $40 Million To Address Rural Health Care Workforce Shortages

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West River AHEC is one of 17 organizations from across the country to receive funding through the H-1B Rural healthcare Grant Program. Read more here.

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Black Hills Pioneer: The need for new nurses is now

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Find the Black Hills Pioneer article on nursing shortages in western South Dakota and what local colleges are doing to prepare new nurses to fill those gaps here.

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