BCBH® SD Network

Chronic disease affects quality of life, has a huge economic impact, and increases the need for healthcare services. The BCBH-SD Network provides education and training in chronic disease self-management education (CDSME) and physical activity.

The Better Choices, Better Health® SD Program offers physical activity and fall prevention workshops. Participants will learn skills, gain confidence, and receive peer support to help them learn new ways to get through their daily activities and manage physical and mental health wellness.

All programming provided by the BCBH-SD Network is licensed and managed by SDSU Extension and supported by the South Department of Health and the South Dakota Department of Human Services.

BCBH-SD programs are modeled after an evidence-based process originally developed by Stanford University, rigorously tested in randomized, controlled trials by the Patient Education Research Center at the Stanford University School of Medicine. All components of the workshops have been medically approved. For a more in-depth history of these programs, visit the Self Management Resource Center.

Our Value Proposition

We provide a statewide infrastructure to successfully deliver person-centered self-management education programs that empower South Dakotans to:

  1. Improve their health, satisfaction, and self-efficacy
  2. Manage rising health care costs

Our Team

Individuals empower South Dakotans to achieve optimal wellbeing

Partners establish a synergetic network that provides access and opportunity for improved health

Our Mission

Collectively inspiring people to live their best life

Our Purpose

Challenge and elevate people to think differently about their health

Our Team

Lori Oster
BCBH-SD Program Director, SDSU Extension

Megan Jacobson
Nutrition Field Specialist

Laura Harmelink
Community Outreach Coordinator

Nikki Prosch
WWE Program Coordinator

Hope Kleine
F&S! Program Coordinator

Bridget Muntefering
Referral Coordinator & Wellness Coach

Vicki Palmretuer
South Dakota Foundation for Medical Care Quality Innovation Network

Lindsey Syltie
Community Health Worker, SDSU Extension

Julian Witte
Community Health Worker, SDSU Extension

Program support

SDSU Extension

Serves as the license holder, fiscal agent, and operations administrator

SD Department of Health

Provides leadership, funding support, and promotion of program services

SD Department of Human Services

Provides leadership, funding support, and promotion of program services

Additional partners

  • AARP
  • Active Generations
  • Advisory Council/Falls Prevention Coalition
  • Avera Health
  • Avera St. Benedict Health Center*
  • Avera St. Mary’s
  • Community Health Center of the Black Hills
  • Community Health Worker Collaborative
  • Department of Human Services, Long Term Services and Supports*
  • Great Plains Quality Innovation Network*
  • Great Plains Tribal Leader’s Health Board
  • Horizon Health Care
  • Human Service Agency
  • Huron Regional Medical Center
  • Lake Area Technical College
  • Mitchell Technical College
  • Monument Health*
  • Platte Health Center
  • Sanford Health*
  • SDAHO
  • South Dakota Department of Health*
  • South Dakota Foundation for Medical Care*
  • South Dakota State University Extension*
  • Volunteers of America-Dakotas*
  • Wellmark

*Sponsoring Host Organizations with signed BCBH Memorandum of Agreement