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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.


Bridging Information and Resources to Transform Health for South Dakota parents (BIRTH-SD) seeks to improve perinatal health outcomes for South Dakota's parents.

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Mobile Clinic Program

The South Dakota Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program is the South Dakota Department of Health’s newest program focused on preventing cardiovascular disease and stroke in South Dakota. CPIC is partnering with the SD-DOH on this program by developing and implementing a mobile clinic that will improve access to care resources for cardiovascular disease and diabetes in South Dakota’s rural communities. The Mobile Clinic Program will launch in Summer 2024.

Learn more about the South Dakota Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program and 
SDSU's Mobile Clinic Program

CPIC Partners and Publications

Interim Center Director

  • Erin E. Miller

    Erin Miller

    Interim Center Director, Community Practice Innovation Center (CPIC), Assistant Professor, Department of Allied and Population Health

    Department of Allied and Population Health

    Community Practice Innovation Center

    College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions

    SDSU - Sioux Falls

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Stephanie Hanson

Hanson named to leadership program

Stephanie Hanson, a population health instructor at South Dakota State University, has been named a Sutton Leader as part of the Billie Sutton Leadership Institute’s Sutton Leaders Program.

Community Practice Innovation Center team grows to complete grant-funded work

The Community Practice Innovation Center recently added two new team members to assist with research grant-related projects.

SDSU grads present substance use disorder research at APHA annual meeting

Two graduates of the Master of Public Health program at South Dakota State University recently presented research posters at the American Public Health Association 2023 Annual Meeting and Expo. The event took place in Atlanta, Georgia, Nov. 12-15. Sarah Schweitzer and Cedric Cogdill, 2023 graduates of the program, presented on research related to stigma surrounding substance use disorder, utilizing survey data.