Welcome to the South Dakota Health Care Workforce Resource Center

Health care facilities across the country continue to face a shortage of trained health care professionals.

The American Hospital Association brings together research findings from the field’s most trusted sources for up-to-date information on staffing trends and evolving dynamics shaping the health care workforce landscape. Included in the Healthcare Talent Scan is an overview of where health care is headed next, highlighting the impact of health care reform and workforce demographic changes on the delivery of health care services. The State of Healthcare Hiring provides the most important statistics behind our rapidly changing healthcare landscape.

South Dakota mirrors those national trends. In October 2016, the South Dakota Association of Healthcare Organizations (SDAHO) conducted a workforce survey in conjunction with the Assisted Living Association of South Dakota (ALASD), Community HealthCare Association of the Dakotas (CHAD) and the Good Samaritan Society to gather data on health care workforce vacancies in the state. The results validate a workforce crisis for hospitals and post-acute providers caring for South Dakotans.

SDAHO is launching the South Dakota Health Care Workforce Resource Center to share information, tips and best practices to help our members recruit and retain quality employees.


The recruitment of health care workers is a top concern for South Dakota providers. Caregivers are critical to the safety, service and support of patients and residents, yet many qualified people simply aren’t applying for these jobs. Visit our recruitment center for help connecting qualified workers to your organization.


Retaining a qualified health care employee can be as important, if not more important, than recruiting a new qualified employee. According to the South Dakota Health Care Workforce survey, two-thirds of South Dakota providers have had caregivers leave the industry for more money in other industries. Visit our retention pages to learn how to retain your best employees.

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AHA Workforce Center
Provides up-to-date models and research on care delivery, supply and demand of health professionals and clinical work environments.

Center for Workforce Solutions
Contains promising practices, ideas for key partnerships, tools to calculate turnover, presentation materials, fact sheets, LeadingAge member testimonials, podcasts, policy news and other relevant articles.

ASHHRA recruitment toolkit
Includes tools for recruitment, white papers, articles and information about educational opportunities.