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About the Project
Cultivating Holistic Rural Wellness Through Free Educational Resources
Strengthening the Heartland, a program created by South Dakota State University Extension and North Dakota State University Extension to invest in the wellness and prosperity of rural communities across the Dakotas
Strengthening the Heartland (STH) developed through the collaborative efforts of faculty from South Dakota State University Extension and North Dakota State University Extension. With generous grant support from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the mission of STH is to invest in the wellness and prosperity of rural communities across the Dakotas.
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To lead successful lives, young adults need a range of essential skills, such as how to use a credit card or handle conflict with a roommate. Amid the abundance of information on the internet, there is a major gap in the skillsets of today’s teens. High school students lack the practical life skills to thrive in the 21st century.
LaunchSkills is a FREE curriculum we are developing to fill the gap.
The Intersection of Diversity and Addiction is a week-long event that aims to arm human service professionals who work with the addiction and mental health population with meaningful tools and knowledge for empowering their clients.
Small Towns. Big Hearts. National Impact.
Through our work, we believe that educating communities of all sizes, even the smallest, can have a big impact. Through our programming, we've been able to:
- Impact 7,249 individuals from 63 rural communities across the Dakotas with opioid misuse prevention training.
- Through our Addiction Conference, 41 professionals provided hour-long sessions to a total of 910 attendees from 29 states.