Health Care Professional Training & Education

Grant Writing for Community Coalitions – Webinar Series

SDSU Extension, in collaboration with the South Dakota Department of Health and Volunteers of America Dakotas, will present a four-part webinar series on Grant Writing for Community Coalitions April 4, 12, 19, and 26 2017. The series will cover topics such as an overview of the grant writing process, proposal and budget development, how to identify community health project funding opportunities, and tips on how to make your proposal stand out. Participants will have the opportunity to hear from communities who have successfully secured funding to support their projects.

Each session is an interactive, online learning session which will include homework and live participation.


Each session begins at 11:00 am CST and ends at 12:00 pm CST.

  • April 4, 2017 – Grant Writing 101: Proposal Development
    Peggy Schelechter, SDSU Extension
    Kenneth Sherin, SDSU Extension
  • April 12, 2017 – Grant Writing 101: Budget Development
    Suzanne Stluka, RD, SDSU Extension
  • April 19, 2017 – Navigating the Funding Landscape
    Deanna Parker, Avera Health
    Kristi Crawford, Sanford Health
  • April 26, 2017 – How to Get Funded
    Sandra Melstad, MPH, SLM Consulting, LLC; South Dakota Department of Health
    Hilary Overby, Volunteers of America
    Tara Shafrath, SDSU Extensio​n​

Online Registration
Cost of registration is $25; deadline to register is April 3, 2017. For more information, or to learn how to access this webinar for free, please contact Suzanne Stluka, SDSU Extension Food & Families Program Director.

​Registration: ​

South Dakota State Medical Association Center for Physician Resources

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Series 1: Population Health Concepts for Managing Patient Panels
The Impact of Systems on a Smaller Scale – March 14, 12:15-12:45 pm
Small changes can have a large scale impact on day-to-day tasks. Consider efficiencies for implementing and tracking progress by tackling quality improvement projects in manageable phases. Objectives: 1) Creating efficiencies by developing small-scale actions; 2) identify simplified progress tracking options. Presenter: Leonard Wonnenberg, PA-C, Horizon Health Care

Series 2: Impact of Data Transparency on Becoming a Provider Champion
Where Do You Rate? – March 28, 12:15-12:45 pm
Every provider wants to excel at meeting the needs of their patients. Reviewing appropriate data sources can provide insight on quality of care through health outcome measures and patient satisfaction. Objectives: 1) Identify provider-level data used for quality evaluation; 2) personalize opportunities for improvement or leadership. Presenter: Dan Heinemann, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Sanford Clinic & Sanford Health Network; Associate Vice President, Health Policy

Leading Quality Improvement as a Top Performer – April 11, 12:15-12:45 pm
Reaching a comfort level related to a change requires increased understanding and task repetition. Top performers who provide guidance and support advance quality improvement efforts and enhance productivity for the entire health care team. Objectives: 1) Evaluate the provider role in quality improvement; 2) describe methods for engaging a health care team. Presenter: Stephan Schroeder, MD, CMQ, CMD, Medical Director, SDFMC: Great Plains Quality Innovation Network

Series 3: Engaging the Patient Beyond the Exam Room
Helping the Patient Be Realistic – April 25, 12:15-12:45 pm
Most people struggle with making and breaking habits. Explaining the benefits of a change is the first step. Determining which intrinsic motivation will lead to a patient’s success is much more difficult. Discover basic communication tips for gaining trust and increasing compliance. Objectives: 1) Relate common barriers through personal experience; 2) demonstrate communication techniques for shared decision making. Presenter: Eric L. Johnson, MD, President, American Diabetes Association – North Dakota Affiliate; Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine, North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences

Tools and Resources to Promote Self-Management – May 9, 12:15-12:45 pm
Despite best intentions, many patients struggle to make the necessary lifestyle changes to manage chronic health conditions. Referrals to community-based programs can improve health outcomes for patients by teaching them to set goals, establish accountability and track progress. Objectives: 1) Identify the provider role for patient self-management; 2) utilize community-based tools and resources for referral. Presenter: Eric L. Johnson, President, American Diabetes Association – North Dakota Affiliate; Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine, North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences

The More You Know…Cancer Webinar Series

The Iowa Academy of Family Physicians is pleased to bring you this series in partnership with the American Cancer Society and supported in part by the Iowa Cancer Consortium and the Iowa Department of Public Health. All webinars are free to attend and will take place over the Noon hour. To view more details or to register, visit

Application for CME credit has been filed with the American Academy of Family Physicians.Determination of credit is pending.

Colorectal Cancer Screening: New Trends and Tests
Date: March 8, 2017
Presenter: DuradoBrooks, MD, MPH, American Cancer Society, Managing Director, Cancer Control Intervention

Skin Cancer Screening
Date: April 12, 2017
Presenter: Noah Tabor, American Cancer Society CAN, Iowa ACS Cancer Action Network Director & Mo Milhem, MBBS, UIHC, Director of Melanoma Program

Survivorship Care Plans: A Primer for Primary Care
Date: June 28, 2017
Presenter: Lynne Padgett, American Cancer Society, Strategic Director, Hospital Systems

Addressing the Cancer Burden in the LGBT Community
Date: July 19, 2017
Presenter: Richard Wender, MD, American Cancer Society, Chief Cancer Control Officer

Survivors of Childhood Cancers: What do I need to know? (or do?)
Date: September 20, 2017
Presenter: Lynne Padgett, American Cancer Society, Strategic Director, Hospital Systems

Ovarian Cancer
Date: November 8, 2017
Presenter: Debbie Saslow, American Cancer Society, Senior Director of HPV Related and Women’s Cancers

Palliative Care in Oncology Webinar

A new webinar is now available online offering tips and tools for taking action to improve quality of care and quality of life. The webinar discusses ways of integrating palliative care in oncology practice, including practical tips and information to:

  • Improve proficiency explaining palliative care and its benefits across the care continuum among patients, families, and practitioners.
  • Use the NCCCP Cancer Care Assessment tool, developed by the National Cancer Institute to:
    • Assess the capacity of your palliative care program.
    • Improve collaboration within your setting and with community stakeholders.
    • Secure/maintain accreditation and develop quality improvement projects.
  • Access resources available to support cancer centers and oncology teams.

Click here to access the webinar. You can also download the slides and a handout from the presentation.

Cancer Survivorship E-Learning Series for Primary Care Providers

The Cancer Survivorship E-Learning Series is a free continuing education program that provides a forum to educate primary care providers (e.g., general medicine physicians, geriatricians, gynecologists, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses) who may have patients who are cancer survivors about how to better understand and care for survivors in the primary care setting.

Clinicians can learn about caring for survivors of adult-onset cancers through a series of ten enduring online educational modules.

For more information view the flyer or visit:

CDC’s New Gynecologic Cancer Curriculum

CDC developed a new e-learning curriculum about the risk factors, symptoms, prevention strategies, and screening recommendations of gynecologic cancers. The curriculum, intended for primary health care professionals, consists of 6 modules that address gynecologic cancers including cervical, ovarian, uterine, vaginal, and vulvar cancers. Access these case-based e-learning modules and earn free CE!

We encourage you to watch two brief three minute video funded in part by the South Dakota Comprehensive Cancer Control Program on the evidence-based colorectal cancer screenings available to your patients, as well as risk appropriate screening for breast cancer.


Sanford SemiColon

The Sanford Cancer Center would like to help you raise awareness for colorectal cancer screening in your organization by having the Sanford Inflatable SemiColon at your location. The inflatable SemiColon is a great visual tool to show why we should get screened for Colorectal Cancer and what can happen if we don’t. View the flyer for additional details.

Please contact Shannon Park at or by phone at 605-328-6064 for more details or to schedule the Sanford SemiColon in your location!

CDC’s Division of Cancer Prevention and Control is pleased to make available two new CDC-sponsored continuing education courses for health care providers: “Screening for Colorectal Cancer: Optimizing Quality.” One version is intended for primary care providers, and the other is intended for clinicians who perform colonoscopies. Continuing education credits are available for physicians, nurses, and other health professionals.

Colorectal cancer screening can save lives, but well-documented problems with screening implementation in clinical practice can reduce its effectiveness. These courses provide guidance and tools for clinicians on the optimal ways to implement screening to help ensure that patients receive maximum benefit. The courses were developed by a group of nationally recognized experts in colorectal cancer screening, including primary care clinicians, gastroenterologists, and leaders in public health programs and research.

The courses can be accessed free of charge at