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Population Health Evaluation Center honored as partner of year

Population Health Evaluation Center

The South Dakota State University Population Health Evaluation Center received the South Dakota Chronic Disease Partner of the Year Award from the South Dakota Department of Health’s Office of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. The Population Health Evaluation Center is in the SDSU College of Nursing.

“We are all truly honored to be recognized through this award. As evaluators, we have the privilege of sharing the important work of our partners and working together to enhance programs that prevent and improve management of chronic disease in South Dakota. We love our work and look forward to the continued partnerships,” said Jenny Kerkvliet, director of the Population Health Evaluation Center.

The award nomination highlighted the PHEC’s contributions in providing data to inform decision-making for the tobacco control program, comprehensive cancer control program and cancer screening programs. It also supported data collection and analysis efforts for the S.D. Cancer Registry and the S.D. Youth Tobacco Survey.

“While we have known of the high-quality work PHEC has been producing, the award recognition from the Office of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health is further evidence of the excellent work this team performs. The PHEC staff is outstanding and we are extremely proud of their work,” said Matt Vukovich, the college’s interim associate dean for research.

The PHEC officially started in June 2018 but this work with the S.D. Department of Health started in 2004 in the college’s Office of Nursing Research.

The Partner of the Year Award, which started in 2015, recognizes organizations that dedicate their time to achieve the Chronic Disease Partners mission of improving quality of life, health and well-being through effective leadership, surveillance, education, advocacy and partnership development.