Welcome to CPIC!
About the Center
CPIC brings together faculty, students, researchers and practitioners to lead change within community practice through innovative community engagement and partnerships, research and education and training with a focus on access to care, population health and health outcomes.
To lead innovation in community practice through education, transformation and entrepreneurship.
To become an internationally recognized Center that advances pharmacy practice and specializes in developing innovative and sustainable community-based programs.
What We Do
- Develop and offer training programs.
- Drive innovation and transformation by inspiring health care practitioners and students through our courses, research, presentations and service to the community and the profession.
- Identify, Engage and Partner with organizations within our community, the nation and across the globe to help foster learning and dissemination of our work.
- Apply our broad practice and research expertise to help our local, national and global communities enhance their patient care services and approach to care.
- Enhance access to care and health outcomes of patients through various projects with the help of our partners.
Featured CPIC News
Community Practice Innovation Center team publishes manuscript on awareness of pharmacy services in South Dakota, gets featured in Pharmacy Times
A team from the Community Practice Innovation Center (CPIC) at SDSU has recently published a manuscript detailing the results of a campaign to raise awareness of pharmacist and pharmacy-related services for patients with diabetes and cardiovascular disease (CVD). Soon after being published, the manuscript was featured in a story in the online publication Pharmacy Times.
The manuscript, titled “Impact of a Public Health Awareness Campaign on Patients’ Perceptions of Expanded Pharmacy Services in South Dakota Using the Theory of Planned Behavior,” is a result of work completed through a five-year CDC-grant funded project. Through The 1815 Project, the CPIC team is conducting work in response to a CDC call-to-action to address health disparities among Americans with diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. The project is currently in its fifth and final year, and the CPIC team has already begun planning for the next cycle of the project.
The published manuscript. . .
Ball, Miller honored for home-study publication
Jennifer Ball and Erin Miller were recognized by the American College of Clinical Pharmacy for their work toward the publication of a home-study series for ambulatory care pharmacists.
Ball, an associate professor in pharmacy practice, and Miller, an assistant professor in allied and population health, were selected to write a book chapter of the association’s Ambulatory Care Self-Assessment Program on "Opioid Overdose Prevention" for its neurology book. It is an area Ball and Miller both focus on through their work with the START-SD project, which focuses on opioid use disorder and psychostimulant use disorder. . .
SDSU’s BREATHE-SD project to improve respiratory care and public health in South Dakota featured on The Prairie-Doc
The BREATHE-SD project was recently featured on a segment of The Prairie-Doc, which airs on SDPB. BREATHE-SD is a new grant-funded project to increase the respiratory therapy and public health workforce in South Dakota.
The Prairie-Doc is a television and online program that seeks to share information on medical topics in South Dakota without the distractions of marketing and misinformation. According to their mission statement, Prairie-Doc is a “non-profit developed for enhancing health and diminishing suffering by communicating useful information, based on honest science, provided in a respectful and compassionate manner.” Their programs air on SDPB and online.
As the BREATHE-SD project begins, the project team was excited to be featured on the Prairie-Doc program. The BREATHE-SD team has already begun its work to support, reinforce, and grow the respiratory therapy and public health professions in South Dakota, to meet the growing needs of the state.
Kimball presents poster at ASHP Midyear Conference on work completed through the Community Practice Innovation Center
Jordan Kimball, a student from SDSU’s College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions, presented a poster at the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) annual Midyear Meeting and Exhibition. This year’s meeting was held in Las Vegas, Nevada on December 4-8 and was a gathering of more than 20,000 pharmacy students and professionals from around the world.
Kimball is a PharmD student in his final year, who is set to graduate in May 2023. As a PharmD student, Kimball has worked with the Community Practice Innovation Center (CPIC) on a major CDC-funded project. The 1815 Project focuses on the prevention on management of diabetes and cardiovascular disease in South Dakota.
Kimball’s poster, titled “Assessing the Impact of a Central Pharmacist Coordinator and Medication Therapy Management Training on Patient Interventions Across a Midwest Community Pharmacy Chain,” detailed work completed through The 1815 Project. According to his poster, the primary objective of this work was to “assess the impact of the training and coordination on provision of MTM services.”. . .
Faculty from the Department of Allied and Population Health publish manuscripts over the Fall 2022 semester
Several faculty from the Department of Allied and Population Health have published manuscripts in the Fall 2022 semester. Dr. Chris Robbins co-authored a manuscript related to postoperative pancreatic fistula following traumatic splenectomy, and a team from the Community Practice Innovation Center (CPIC) have published a manuscript on harm reduction strategies implemented through the START-SD project.
SDSU to lead $1.545 million project in partnership with area hospitals to strengthen public health, respiratory therapy workforce
South Dakota State University is partnering with hospitals in Brookings, Huron and Madison to expand the public health and respiratory therapy workforce.
The Community Practice Innovation Center within the College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions at SDSU has received a three-year, $1.545 million federal grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration.
The project aims to increase workforce awareness and provide educational opportunities through recruitment, training and job placement for respiratory therapists in rural South Dakota communities. Dr. Sharrel Pinto, department head of Allied and Population Health at SDSU, is director of BREATHE-SD — “Bringing Resources, Education, Awareness, Training, Holistic care, and Empowerment to South Dakota.”
HRSA Project Focuses on Recovery from Meth Addiction
Putting people addicted to meth on the road to recovery is the goal of the Stigma, Treatment, Avoidance and Recovery in Time Program for Psychostimulant Support in Rural South Dakota.
The three-year, $500,000 Health Resources and Services Administration project seeks to give patients age 25 to 54 and their families greater access to effective prevention, treatment and recovery services, according to South Dakota State University assistant professor Erin Miller, who leads the START-SD-PSS project...
SDSU to lead $1M fight against opioid misuse
South Dakota State University has been awarded a $1 million federal grant to implement a three-year project as part of the Rural Communities Opioid Program. Funding comes from the Health Resources and Services Administration, which is an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The project is co-directed by Aaron Hunt and Erin Miller, both with the SDSU College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions.
Beyond the Pill: Medication Adherence
Sharrel Pinto, the Hoch Endowed Professor for Community Pharmacy Practice and head of the Department of Allied and Population Health, leads a team that is working with the South Dakota Department of Health to improve medication management and quality of life for patients with these conditions.
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Community Practice Innovation Center to connect patients with resources
A one-stop shop for patients dealing with chronic conditions, such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and opioid- or psychostimulant-use disorder, is what Sharrel Pinto, director of the Community Practice Innovation Center, is building. The center will use a community-based, holistic approach to connect patients with services that will improve their quality of life—and may ultimately serve as an example for other states.
“The mission of this center is to elevate care for communities,” said Pinto, the Hoch Family Endowed Professor for Community Pharmacy Practice at South Dakota State University and head of its Department of Allied and Population Health. “A center like this is constantly reaching out and learning from people, listening to their stories to understand the landscape and then responding to changing needs within their communities.”
Employment and Research Opportunities
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Employment and research Opportunities
The 1815 Project
Improving the Life of South Dakotans through the
Prevention and Management of Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease
In spring 2018, the Centers for Disease Control released a call to action to address health disparities among Americans with diabetes, heart disease and stroke through CDC-1815. In response, the South Dakota State University College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions and the South Dakota Department of Health collaborated to create a five-year plan to identify barriers and develop viable solutions to improve the care of South Dakotans with diabetes and cardiovascular disease (CVD). In the first three years of the project, over $2.5 million dollars have been awarded to the South Dakota State University College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions team.
Working to increase access to and effectiveness of prevention,
treatment, and recovery services for substance use disorders in South Dakota.
START-SD: Focus on Opioid Use Disorder
START-SD is a federal program funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and is designed to increase access to prevention, treatment and recovery services for substance use disorders with a focus on opioid use disorder in Brookings, Codington and Hughes Counties in South Dakota. Our goal is to slow the opioid epidemic and help impacted individuals and families get the care they need to thrive. In addition, we are hoping to increase use of Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) for patients with opioid use disorder.
START-SD-PSS: Focus on Psychostimulant Use Disorder
START-SD is a federal program funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) working to increase access to and effectiveness of prevention, treatment, and recovery services for substance use disorder in South Dakota. Psychostimulant use disorder is on the rise in South Dakota. The second prong of the START-SD project, START-SD-PSS, is designed to address barriers related to prevention, treatment, and recovery services for psychostimulant use disorder in four South Dakota counties: Brown, Codington, Hughes, and Roberts Counties. These four counties account for approximately 95,000 people, 2.5% of whom are at risk for illicit drug use. All four counties are rural counties and all four have been designated as mental health shortage areas with limited access to mental health services including treatment, counseling, and recovery.
Expanding public health capacity by supporting respiratory care
recruitment, training, placement, and job development in rural communities in South Dakota.
The innovative BREATHE-SD program works to meet that need. BREATHE-SD (Bringing Resources, Education, Awareness, Training, Holistic care, and Empowerment to South Dakota) will leverage respiratory therapists, public health professionals, and other allied healthcare professionals to meet rural public health workforce needs and expand South Dakota’s public health capacity by supporting recruitment, job placement, training, and worker development in rural communities.