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Hypertension Management Program Implemented by Local Pharmacies

Cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death in South Dakota, a chronic illness usually associated with elevated or uncontrolled blood pressure (hypertension). Healthcare systems are continually searching for new and innovative ways to treat their patients in a manner most beneficial and effective for them. This often times requires looking to healthcare providers and team members based in the community, who are typically more accessible to the patient.

Read more from the following Pharmacies:
Bien Pharmacy
Brothers Pharmacy
Haisch Pharmacy
Medicine Shoppe
Roger’s Pharmacy
Shane’s Pharmacy

Hypertension Management Program in Community Based Pharmacy Prevents Potential Cerebrovascular Event

A patient presented to the Medicine Shoppe for an initial consult to determine eligibility for the pharmacy’s newly launched Hypertension Management Program (HMP). Multiple in-store readings showed her blood pressure at 168/104, well above a safe or healthy blood pressure range. Read more

Supporting Cancer Patients and Survivors Through Implementation of Evidence-Based Nutrition Interventions

Project efforts included implementation of an evidence-based nutritional screening tool, best practice alert, and nutrition services within a cancer treatment center located in Sioux Falls, SD. The cancer treatment center increased system changes and provision of nutritional services for cancer patients and survivors through project implementation. Read more

Preventing Cancer in South Dakota: Successful Strategies to Increase HPV Vaccination Rates

The South Dakota Comprehensive Cancer Control Program (SDCCCP) partnered with health systems across South Dakota to increase the state’s human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination rates. Efforts focused on the implementation of evidence-based interventions. Increases in first dose initiation and series completion rates were seen among all participating sites. Read more

Finding Innovative Ways to Increase Colorectal Cancer Screening: The Best Test is the One That Gets Done

Sanford Health chose a clinic from each region to pilot a project intended to improve colorectal cancer screening rates. The clinics received 100 Fecal Immunochemical Tests (FIT) to mail to patients who were
past due for colorectal cancer screening and were clinically appropriate for the FIT test. Beyond the basic parameters, the clinics were then allowed to create their own processes for identifying patients and reaching out to them. The minimum expectation was to track how many FITs were sent out, how many were completed, the results and any positives be followed up with a colonoscopy. Read more

Utilizing Evidence-Based Interventions to Increase Preventative Cancer Screening Among the Hutterite Population in SD

Preventative cancer screening rates for the SD Hutterite population insured by DAKOTACARE are disproportionately lower than screening rates of the overall SD population insured by DAKOTACARE. During project implementation, a challenge encountered by the DAKOTACARE team involved additional time and effort required to manage the procedural differences regarding scheduling, billing, and coordination of three different Avera mobile mammography units located in Sioux Falls, Mitchell, and Aberdeen. Read more

Falls Community Health Partners with Local Clinic to Provide Colonoscopies at Reduced Rate

Falls Community Health (FCH) is a Federally Qualified Health Center that has joined the march to a nationwide colorectal cancer (CRC) screening rate of 80%. FCH serves all patients, but many of its patients are either underinsured or uninsured. There are close to 1,880 patients between the ages of 50 – 75, the recommended screening age for colorectal cancer. Read more

Funding Opportunity Assists in Increasing Colorectal Cancer Screening Rates

The South Dakota Comprehensive Cancer Control Program awarded grants to four healthcare organizations to support the implementation of evidence-based interventions focused on increasing colorectal cancer screening rates. Grantees were chosen from various geographic locations across the state, including medically underserved areas. Read more

South Dakota’s Successful Implementation of the National Diabetes Prevention Program

Over 200,000 South Dakotans have prediabetes, a condition that increases their risk of developing type 2 diabetes. As the incidence continues to rise, South Dakotans are taking steps to prevent type 2 diabetes by participating in the National Diabetes Prevention Program. Read more

Survivorship: Putting the Pieces Together

Avera Cancer Institute Mitchell’s successes and lessons learned from providing an online, interactive platform for cancer survivors to access information about survivorship such as nutrition, advance care planning, advance directives, physical activities, and connect with other SD cancer survivors for peer support. Read more

Teaming Up to Bring Palliative and End of Life Care Education to Rural Interprofessionals

LifeCircle SD, a statewide collaboration of institutions, organizations and people committed to improving end-of-life care, collaborated during a nine month period to plan, develop and implement a day-long workshop for palliative and end of life training for healthcare professionals in Winner, SD. Read more

Before It’s Too Late

A 64 year old, unemployed man received early colorectal screening, education, and follow up thanks to SD CCCP Colorectal Workgroup’s pilot project. Typically, low-income people don’t receive this type of care until it’s too late. Read more