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Community Practice Innovation Center

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.

In the News

Our Projects

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.


Addressing Substance Use Disorder in Rural South Dakota

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 disorders in South Dakota. It is a two-pronged project, with a focus on opioid use disorder in Brookings, Codington, and Hughes Counties and on psychostimulant use disorder in Brown, Codington, Roberts, and Hughes Counties. Our goals are to: 1. slow the opioid epidemic and help impacted individuals and families get the care they need to thrive, and 2. Promote healthier coping strategies for and reduce morbidity and mortality associated with psychostimulant use disorder.

Partner Organizations

The CPIC team has partnered with a number of different health and wellness organizations through the 1815 and START-SD projects. 

Meet our Network Partners

Student Posters

SDSU students working through CPIC have presented a number of posters at different conferences and expositions. You can view them here:

Student Posters

Community Practice Innovation Center News

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Erickson with Students at Camp Med

SDSU Students and Faculty Volunteer at Aberdeen Camp Med

On April 22nd, students and faculty from the Department of Allied and Population Health volunteered at the Aberdeen Camp Med where they taught middle school students about health care practices.
Nelsen with her Poster at SDSU Day of Scholars

Nelsen Presents Poster on Porcine Rotavirus Research at SDSU Day of Scholars

On Tuesday, April 19, April Nelsen presented a poster at the Day of Scholars at South Dakota State University. Ms. Nelsen works as a Clinical Coordinator and Instructor of Medical Laboratory Sciences Program at SDSU and is also pursuing her Ph.D. in Molecular Biology.

Schultz and Vanden Hull Present at the 2022 APhA Annual Meeting and Expo

Over the weekend of March 18, two student researchers from South Dakota State University presented posters at the 2022 American Pharmacist Association (APhA) annual meeting and exposition in San Antonio, Texas.