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Community Practice Innovation Center

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.

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Our Projects

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Working to increase access to and effectiveness of prevention,
treatment, and recovery services for substance use disorders in South Dakota.

START-SD is a federal program funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) through four Rural Communities Opioid Response Program (RCORP) grants to complete work to increase access to and effectiveness of prevention, treatment, and recovery services for substance use disorders in South Dakota. Following the initial planning grant, START-SD has grown to become a three-pronged project: with focuses on support for opioid use disorder, support for psychostimulant use disorder, and overdose response.


Expanding public health capacity by supporting respiratory care
recruitment, training, placement, and job development in rural communities in South Dakota.

CPIC Partners and Publications

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Amanda Reed, a licensed clinical psychologist in Sioux Falls, speaks on traumatic stress and emergency services at a first responder summit held Aug. 25 in Chamberlain.

START-SD program hosts first responder summit on addiction, mental health

The START-SD team from South Dakota State University hosted a first responder summit Aug. 25 in Chamberlain.

START-SD program begins new work to reduce overdose rates

South Dakota State University’s program to address substance use disorder in South Dakota has received additional funding to combat substance use overdose.

Hanson presents poster at Postpartum Support International conference

SDSU instructor plans work to improve perinatal health in South Dakota...