South Dakota Comprehensive
Cancer Control Program (SD CCCP)

SD Department of Health
402 S. Main
Aberdeen, SD 57401
605-626-2660 ext. 134


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Download the Presentations from the 2016 SD Cancer Coalition Fall Meeting:
SD Comprehensive Cancer Control Year in Review
Medical Update: HPV Vaccination
Sanford's HPV Vaccination Implementation Efforts
Sun Safety in Outdoor Workers: Implementation of a Worksite UV Protection Model Policy to Reduce Skin Cancer Risk

Funding Available for Health Plans to Increase Cancer Screening and/or HPV Vaccination Rates in SD
Each day 11 cases of cancer are diagnosed in residents of South Dakota.(1) Screening for cervical, colorectal, and breast cancers helps find these diseases at an early stage, when treatment works best.(2) Additionally, HPV vaccination at the recommended ages can prevent certain cancer types.(3)

Prevention, screening and early detection saves lives. Health plans have the opportunity to reduce the burden of cancer by ensuring all eligible, covered members are up-to-date with the recommended preventative cancer screenings and HPV vaccination.

Linked below is a funding opportunity that aims to increase recommended cancer screening rates and/or HPV vaccination by implementing system changes and evidence-based interventions. Applicants may request up to $10,000, as commensurate with the scope of the project and total number of individuals impacted, within the request for grant application budget. Applications are due by 5:00pm central time on November 9, 2016. The full RFA and application form is linked below.
Link to RFA and Application

1. Cancer in South Dakota, 2012. Department of Health, Pierre, SD. April 2015. Retrieved from: 
2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2016. Retrieved from:
3. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2015.

If you have any questions about this RFA, please contact or 605-626-2660. 

Implementation of Survivorship Care Plans at Three Health System-Based Cancer Centers in a Rural State
The SD Cancer Survivorship Program is proud to announce the release of a white paper entitled, “Implementation of Survivorship Care Plans at Three Health System-Based Cancer Centers in a Rural State”. The purpose of this project is to describe the development and implementation of cancer SCPs at three health systems’ cancer centers in a rural state. Collectively, these centers serve most cancer patients residing in SD, making the partnership across the cancer centers innovative. Each of the three health systems and their affiliated cancer centers is unique in its history, culture, and infrastructure. In addition, each cancer center was at a different point in the development and implementation of SCPs at the time of this project. Therefore, a description of the processes, successes, and challenges involved in the development and implementation of SCPs at each health system provides useful insights to support the adoption of SCP’s in similar low-population states or regions.

South Dakota Comprehensive Cancer Control 2015 Year in Review and Outcomes Report

The SD Comprehensive Cancer Control Program is proud to announce the release of our 2015 Year in Review report. This report highlights the efforts our coalition and partners have made to ease the burden of cancer in our state. As you review the report, we challenge you to consider opportunities to expand the efforts and success of the coalition. Consider joining a coalition task force, a cross-cutting committee, applying to be a member of the steering committee, or recruit new members to the coalition. Our success would not be possible without the commitment and hard work of dedicated members like you.

The full 2015 Evaluation Outcomes Report highlights all of the 2015 evaluation findings. A complete chart outlining progress within the state plan can be found on page 33 of this report, Appendix C: SD CCC Plan 2015-2020 Progress.

Thank you to all of our partners for making this important work possible!

South Dakota Comprehensive Cancer Control State Plan 2015 - 2020
The 2015-2020 SD Cancer Plan serves as a collaborative framework for action to guide coalition efforts. Currently, the coalition has five task forces:
Priority 6: Increase HPV vaccination rates
Priority 7: Increase risk-appropriate screening for breast cancer
Priority 9: Increase risk-appropriate screening for colorectal cancer
Priority 12: Increase participation in cancer clinical trials
Priority 14: Improve availability of palliative and end-of-life care services.

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View the 2015-2020 SD Cancer Plan
View the two-page SD Cancer Plan Summary

Evidence-based Strategies to Increase Colorectal Cancer Screening Rates: Outcomes of a Targeted Funding Opportunity, 2014-2015
In July 2014, the South Dakota Comprehensive Cancer Control Program (SD CCCP) in partnership with the GetScreenedSD program released a funding opportunity aimed at improving colorectal cancer (CRC) screening rates in South Dakota (SD). The funding was targeted to healthcare facilities to provide patient education on screening options for CRC and to implement at least one evidence-based system or policy-level change targeting either patients or healthcare providers.

All of the grantee sites implemented evidenced-based strategies toward increasing screening rates. The funding has made a measureable short-term impact. Colorectal cancer screening rates have improved across the three health systems reporting to national systems. Nearly 9,000 patient reminders were sent out from the three systems.

Yet, most important, are the notable system-level changes that have taken place due to the funding. One site developed EHR reporting capabilities, eliminating a time-intensive and imprecise chart audit that was used for reporting purposes before the funding. All systems established or enhanced work flow processes and patient reminder procedures within an EHR.

Read the Full Outcomes Report | Read the Success Story

Listen to the People: Perceptions of the South Dakota Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan-The South Dakota Comprehensive Cancer Control Program (SD CCCP) is designed to impact cancer outcomes by connecting individuals and organizations working in cancer control statewide. The purpose of this evaluation report is to assure the SD CCC Plan 2011‐2015 is congruent with the needs of SD residents. To facilitate this, ten community listening groups were held in three communities throughout SD. Two of the focus groups consisted of health care workers whose comments reflected a statewide perspective. Using a structured focus group guide, participants were asked to provide input on the current SD CCC Plan and to report on the needs of those affected by cancer in their community.
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Palliative and End of Life Care in South Dakota-The purpose of this research project was to assess the availability of palliative and end of life (hospice) care in South Dakota (SD). This assessment of services explored whether SD healthcare facilities had: (a) a point of contact for palliative care, hospice services, and advance directives; (b) healthcare providers with specialized training in palliative and hospice care; and (c) a facility‐based process for facilitating advance directives and advance care planning. View Full Report

Priority Recommendations:

1. Engaging partners in advance care planning discussions, especially the three largest SD health systems, with the intent of establishing patient care model standards by 2015.

2. Promoting involvement from community groups in the advance care planning process by seeking their input in the establishment of patient care expectations.

3. Developing end of life and palliative care training and education for healthcare providers that is accessible to rural and frontier care settings.

Statewide Capacity for Colorectal Cancer Screening Report-South Dakota State University completed the Statewide Capacity for Colorectal Cancer Screening Report for the SD CCCP. The purpose of this study was to replicate components of a national study of colorectal cancer (CRC) screening capacity in order to evaluate the state of South Dakota’s current CRC screening practices and capacity indicators. View Full Report 

Priority Recommendations:

1. Educate healthcare providers in the state of South Dakota about current clinical practice guidelines for CRC.
   -Screening tests for CRC that follow the guidelines.
   -Screening tests that do not follow the current CRC screening guidelines.
   -Available resources to assist with CRC screening cost barriers.

2. Develop CRC screening protocols and educational resources for healthcare facilities and providers. Disseminate these resources as part of a CRC screening tool kit.

3. Educate the people of SD on the importance of CRC screening and screening options using population-based media and other innovative approaches that reach large numbers of age-eligible community members.

4. Educate healthcare providers and systems about colonoscopy quality measures in an effort to increase participation in these initiatives.

Healthcare Provider Knowledge, Attitudes, Practices, and Beliefs about Colorectal Cancer Screening Report-The purpose of this project was to explore healthcare provider knowledge, attitudes, practices, and beliefs related to CRC screening. View Full Report 

Summary and Recommendations:

1. Offer continuing education for all healthcare providers specifically related to CRC screening guidelines with emphasis on age and risk guidelines and the lack of evidence for continued use of guaiac of DRE testing.

-Publish educational pieces on current CRC screening guidelines in journals and other places that reach South Dakota healthcare providers.
-Offer public education related to CRC screening methods and the importance of early detection.

2. Lead policy efforts to influence insurers to cover screening colonoscopy per current guidelines.

3. Further study of colonoscopy preparation to determine actual problems such as timing of preparations, amount of preparation, quality of preparation methods, and both tolerance and adherence to preparatory procedures.