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Sewing hope / SDSU staffer turns hobby into community service work

Some people garden. Some people bowl. For Sue Fierstine, her hobby is sewing, and she uses the hobby to help others. The organization currently benefitting from Fierstine’s seamstress skills is Delivering Hope. Formed in February 2014 by Rachel Schuldt of Sioux Falls, Delivering Hope delivers tangible messages of hope to cancer patients using oncology services at the Avera and Sanford hospitals in Sioux Falls and the Sioux City, Iowa, hospital.

SDSU program recognized for creating "culture of wellness"

South Dakota State University's Exercise is Medicine program has been recognized with gold status by the American College of Sports Medicine — the largest sports medicine and exercise organization in the world.

SDSU’s Population Health Evaluation Center honored as ‘Partner in Health’

The Population Health Evaluation Center at South Dakota State University has been recognized by the South Dakota Department of Health as its 2023 outstanding Partner in Health.

Avera gift to SDSU to expand health care education, workforce

In an effort to support health sciences and future workforce building, Avera has made a generous gift to the South Dakota State University Foundation of its property at 33rd Street and Minnesota Avenue, expanding SDSU’s presence in Sioux Falls and providing a permanent home for its Sioux Falls-based programs in nursing and pharmacy at the SDSU Metro Center.

Groves to deliver Dean’s Distinguished Lecture on hospital safety communication

Patient safety is one of the most critical aspects in nursing, with many factors playing a role in preventing harm and reducing risks. Those factors are the topic of this year’s South Dakota State University College of Nursing Dean’s Distinguished Lecture. Patricia Groves, an associate professor in the College of Nursing at the University of Iowa, will present her lecture “Hospital Safety Communication: Working Together to Create Patient Safety and Sense of Security” at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 18, in the University Student Union’s Volstorff Ballroom. The event is free and open to the public.

The unspoken public health crisis

Wendy Davis spent part of National Public Health Week on South Dakota State University's campus, where she discussed her experiences with America's unspoken public health crisis, postpartum depression.

Athletic training advocacy leads to licensure law change

The career possibilities for athletic trainers in South Dakota are expanding thanks to the efforts of a South Dakota State University clinical assistant professor. Educating future athletic trainers in the SDSU School of Health and Consumer Sciences and serving as the president of the South Dakota Athletic Trainers’ Association, Mary Beth Zwart has made an impact on the profession and on her students.

Pharmaceutical sciences faculty receives Excellence in Graduate Student Mentoring Award

College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions faculty member Joshua Reineke is the latest recipient of the South Dakota State University Excellence in Graduate Student Mentoring Award. Reineke was named recipient of the award at the 2024 Celebration of Faculty Excellence in February.

Public Health Day to put focus on postpartum depression

Postpartum depression affects 15% of all childbearing women, and up to 10% will experience depression or anxiety during pregnancy. Those numbers make it a rather common experience, yet the conditions remain a stigma for many, according to Stephanie Hanson, who is organizing Public Health Day presentations at South Dakota State University to raise awareness and offer hope to those who have experienced postpartum depression. The free presentations are April 2 and include a lunch hour message by Hanson as well as a keynote address by a leading authority for postpartum mental health. In the evening, there will be a screening of a documentary followed by a panel discussion.

SDSU assistant professor working to improve simulation education

A new faculty member in South Dakota State University's College of Nursing, Brittany Brennan, is working to move the field of simulation education forward with a project for the International Nursing Association of Clinical Simulation and Learning to update the simulation facilitation standards.