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The University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine is dedicated to improving health equity through education and research. Major programs address inequities in rural areas and among Native American populations where shortages in the healthcare workforce are a significant cause of disparities in care. Thus, health equity education is embedded in the medical school curriculum, with hands-on experiences that inspire students to care for rural and Native American populations. In addition, innovative research programs are conducted to enhance the research infrastructure in tribal colleges, to increase opportunities for Native Americans to enter health care and science, to examine determinates of health for children around the globe, and to enhance the lives of people with disabilities.

View a brief video to learn more about health equity work at the USD Sanford School of Medicine.

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Enhancing the health care workforce in rural areas: Frontier and Rural Medicine (FARM)

video 1 FARM thumbnailSouth Dakota is a rural state, and the state’s rural areas face challenges regarding access to health care. That is why a vital mission of the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine is to educate quality physicians to practice in rural locations across South Dakota. To familiarize students with the challenges and rewards of practicing in a rural setting, we created the Frontier and Rural Medicine program, known as FARM. FARM’s program director, a graduate of the program and students in the program explain the benefits of the FARM program.

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Achieving Diversity in South Dakota's Health Care Work Force

video 2 diversity thumbnailThe University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine embraces diversity in the widest sense and specifically directs efforts relative to American Indians, rural populations and gender. In response to tribal leaders and rural communities we have developed programs, collaborations and partnerships to better inform and mentor American Indians and rural students regarding careers in medicine, and we are dedicated to enhancing our medical student’s cultural understanding and awareness of health disparities and community needs with a goal toward providing quality healthcare for all.

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Health Equity Research and Programs

video 3 research thumbnailThrough its research, the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine is addressing the health equity in children, American Indians and the disabled. A strategy to increase the participation of American Indians in the sciences is one approach to the significant need to improve research and health care for American Indians. A second initiative aims to expand research infrastructure in tribal colleges.  The medical school’s Center for Disabilities has developed a program helping disabled young adults successfully bridge their health care needs from being a pediatric patient to being an adult patient.  Finally, examining the well-being of the world’s children is a 40-nation research project led in the United States by the University of South Dakota School of Health Sciences.

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