South Dakota workforce initiatives
SD Wins – The SD Wins provides workforce development programs that bring together government, education, and business leaders to capitalize on resources for preparing youth, training for skilled jobs, and information for improving access to rural health care and new South Dakotans.
South Dakota Recruitment Assistance Program (RAP) – The Recruitment Assistance Program provides qualifying physicians, dentists, physician assistants, nurse practitioners or nurse midwives an incentive payment in return for a three-year, full time service commitment in an eligible rural community. The health professional must enter into a contract with the employing facility and the South Dakota Department of Health. The amount of the incentive payment for a qualifying physician or dentist is equal to twice the University of South Dakota School of Medicine resident tuition for the four most recently completed academic years. The amount is approximately $243,634 as of July 1, 2020. The amount of the incentive payment for a qualifying physician assistant, nurse practitioner or nurse midwife is equal to twice the University of South Dakota resident tuition for physician assistant studies for the three most recently completed academic years. The amount is approximately $69,108 as of July 1, 2020.
South Dakota Rural Healthcare Facility Recruitment Assistance Program (RHFRAP) – The RHFRAP provides a $10,000 payment to eligible health professionals who complete a three-year, full-time service commitment. Eligible health professionals for this incentive are dietitians, medical laboratory technologists, nurses, occupational therapists, paramedics, pharmacists, physical therapists, radiologic technologists, respiratory therapists, speech therapists and healthcare social workers. The health professional enters into a contract with the employing facility and the South Dakota Department of Health. Eligible facilities must be located in a community with a population of 10,000 or less. Applications must be submitted by employing facility with a limit of 3 participants per employing facility.
3RNet (Rural Recruitment Retention) Program – The SD Office of Rural Health administers 3RNet which matches health care professionals with rural and underserved areas. Health care professionals register on 3RNet and the office receives those registrations and distributes the candidates’ registrations to the health care facilities across the state. Health care facilities can also post job openings on this website, which allows healthcare professionals to see the available jobs.
NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Program – The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) supports registered nurses (RNs), advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) and nurse faculty with loan repayment options up to 85% of their unpaid nursing education debt in exchange for working three (3) years at a critical shortage facility (a health care site located in a Health Professional Shortage Area or HPSA). Search the HRSA Data Warehouse website to find Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) in South Dakota.
Governor’s Primary Care Task Force – Governor Daugaard’s Primary Care Task Force is charged with expanding the educational capacity to train more primary health care providers for rural areas of South Dakota.
University of South Dakota FARM Program – The USD Frontier and Rural Medicine (FARM) program is a unique opportunity for a select group of medical students to receive nine months of their clinical training in rural communities. Through the FARM program, students will see the benefits of a rural lifestyle, experience the rewards and challenges of practicing in a rural community and become comfortable doing so. FARM students work with Area Health Education Centers (AHECs) to complete special projects throughout the program.