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Advisory Board

Advisory Board Overview

The purpose of the Advisory Board of the Community Health Worker Collaborative of South Dakota (CHWSD) is to provide professional guidance to the leadership of the CHWSD and the South Dakota Department of Health (SD DOH) as it relates to Community Health Workers (CHWs) in South Dakota. The CHWSD was formed to assist the SD DOH in promoting and sustaining the CHW workforce in South Dakota.

The initial Advisory Board of the CHWSD will serve in their positions from October 1, 2020 through June 1, 2022. As the CHW profession develops in South Dakota, Advisory Board positions will transition to being held by practicing CHWs in South Dakota.

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Interested in serving on the CHWSD Advisory Board? Contact Ben Tiensvold here

CHWSD Advisory Board 2022 – 2024

Ben Tiensvold and Julie Klinger

Advisory Board Coordinators

Community Health Worker Collaboratives of South Dakota (CHWSD), Community Outreach Coordinators

To email Ben, click here.

To email Julie, click here.

Kayla Magee

South Dakota Department of Health CHW Program Lead

South Dakota Department of Health, CHW Program Coordinator

Click here to email.

Catherine Jeffries

Community Health Representative (CHR) Program Manager

Oglala Sioux Tribe Community Health Representative Program, Oglala Sioux Tribe Community Health Representative Program Manager

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Cathy Crisp

Health System Community Health Worker (CHW)

Avera Behavioral Health Sioux Falls, Community Health Worker

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Mendy Herke

Community-based Community Health Worker (CHW)

Inter-Lakes Community Action, Community Health Worker

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Brett Schneider

FQHC Community Health Worker (CHW)

FQHC Community Health Worker, Community Health Center of the Black Hills, Community Health Worker

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Stacy Keim

EMS Community Health Worker (CHW)

Sturgis Ambulance, Community Health Worker and EMT

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Nyareik Choul

Health System Community Health Worker (CHW)

Avera Health, Community Health Worker

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Moses Idris

Health System Community Health Worker (CHW)

Avera Health, Community Health Worker

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Angella Kegler

Community-based Community Health Worker (CHW)

Children’s Home Society, Community Health Worker

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Ashley Lauing

SD Medicaid Representative

South Dakota Department of Social Services, Division of Medical Services, Policy Strategy Manager

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Samantha Schlaffman

Better Choices, Better Health® SD Program Representative

Better Choices, Better Health® SD, Community Health Worker

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Heidi Wirtjes and Angela Landeen

SD Training Program Representatives

SD Community Health Worker Training Program Representatives (LATC and STC), CHW Training Program Leads

To email Heidi, click here.

To email Angela, click here.

Melanie Boetel

Behavioral Health and/or Substance Abuse Representative

South Dakota Department of Social Services, Division of Behavioral Health, Assitant Director

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Colette Johnson

Health System Program Manager

Avera Health, CHW Program Manager

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Madeline Sitting Holy

Health System Program Manager

Monument Health, CHW Program Manager

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Carrie Hawley

Health System Program Manager

Sanford Health, CHW Program Manager

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Shawn Fischer

EMS/CHW Program Supervisor

Sturgis Ambulance, Ambulance Director

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