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Health Board receives $5 million to continue Healthy Start work 

RAPID CITY –The Great Plains Tribal Leaders Health Board has again been funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to maintain the Great Plains Healthy Start Program (GPHS) with approximately $5 million over the next five years. 

Established in 1992, the Healthy Start program at the Health Board was the organization’s first grant program. It continues to be instrumental in improving health outcomes for American Indian families in North and South Dakota. 

“We are deeply grateful for the continued support from HRSA. This funding ensures we can further our mission to improve health outcomes for American Indian families in our region. By providing culturally tailored, community-based care through the Great Plains Healthy Start program, we empower eligible mothers, infants, and families to lead healthier, happier lives. Together, we are making a lasting difference in the health and future of our communities,” said Jerilyn Church, CEO.  

The program aims to enhance perinatal health across South Dakota, North Dakota, Nebraska, and Iowa, focusing on culturally tailored healthcare services for American Indian/Alaska Native populations. By employing community-based strategies and collaborations, GPHS addresses critical health needs in these communities. 

Dedicated to improving women’s health before, during, and after pregnancy and supporting the health of infants and children up to two years old, GPHS offers comprehensive services, including case management, health education, mental health screenings, referrals, and transportation. 

With continued HRSA funding, GPHS plans to expand its services and overcome challenges such as geographical barriers and limited health service access. The program’s strategies for sustainability include enhancing infrastructure, data collection, and participant outreach to ensure long-term impact. 

For more information about the Great Plains Tribal Leaders Health Board and how it is making a difference in tribal communities, please contact [email protected]