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Our Team

Collaborative Guidance

The Community Health Worker Collaborative of South Dakota is guided by the South Dakota Department of Health (SD DOH), Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion – specifically the Diabetes Prevention and Control and Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Programs.

The CHWSD is coordinated by Sage Project Consultants of Sioux Falls and Vermillion, SD.

Team

Ben Tiensvold, Community Outreach Coordinator

Ben Tiensvold serves as the Community Outreach Coordinator (COC) for the Community Health Worker Collaborative of South Dakota. For the past six years, Ben served as the Coordinator for the South Dakota Diabetes Coalition (SDDC) through his work as a Communications Specialist and now Project Coordinator with Sage Project Consultants. Ben is excited to take on this new role as the COC for the CHWSD and previously worked with the SD DOH in 2015 and 2016 on Community Health Worker-related introductory projects. This work led to key recommendations for CHWs (which the SD DSS then used to develop CHW reimbursement). Ben works with medical and clinical based organizations regarding CHW program development.

Julie Klinger, Community Outreach Coordinator

Julie began her professional career as a Social Worker with the South Dakota Department of Social Services in Child Protection and then worked at Lutheran Social Services in the Adoption program as a Social Worker. After several years at LSS, Julie pursued her master’s degree in Social Work from Iowa State University and then became the adoption program director at LSS.  Julie also has worked in the field of human trafficking as the Director of Operations and Grants Manager at Call to Freedom prior to joining the Community Health Worker Collaborative team. Julie works with community-based organizations regarding CHW program development.

Sharon Chontos, CDC Evaluation Liaison

Sharon Chontos serves as the CDC Evaluation Liaison for the CHWSD. Sharon has over 15 years of experience in grant management, evaluation, and consulting experience with public agencies, non-profits and for-profits, and universities. Sharon works to assist organizations with CHW Programs to evaluate their programs to ensure program sustainability. She also works as the liaison between the CHWSD and the SD DOH and the CDC. Additionally, Sharon helps organizations to calculate the ROI for their CHW program and calculate and evaluate patient and organization successes.

Kayla Magee, Diabetes Program Coordinator, South Dakota Department of Health

Kayla Magee is the Diabetes Program Coordinator for the South Dakota Department of Health, Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. Kayla is the primary SD Department of Health contact for the CHWSD and oversees the CDC-funded CHW work in South Dakota.

CHWSD Collaborative Support

The Community Health Worker Collaborative of South Dakota (CHWSD) is funded by the SD DOH to provide coordination efforts and activities to support CHWs in South Dakota. More information about the SD DOH and additional CHW initiatives can be found here:
The CHWSD is coordinated by Sage Project Consultants, LLC, of Sioux Falls and Vermillion, SD. More information about Sage can be found here: