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SD Organizations Get Rural Health Grants

April 9, 2012, 5:41 AM


U.S. Sen. Tim Johnson says organizations in Pierre, Yankton and Vermillion will receive federal grants to improve health care services in rural areas of South Dakota.

The Delta Dental Plan in Pierre will get more than $222,000 to increase dental services for low-income residents, particularly children. Mobile dental units will provide services in nine counties, including the Standing Rock Indian Reservation and the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation.

The Sacred Hearth Health Service in Yankton will get $150,000 for a program that will expand access to medical care in eight long-term care, assisted living and rehabilitation facilities in southeastern South Dakota.

The University of South Dakota will get nearly $145,000 for program in which dental hygiene students provide preventive services to rural-low-income children while also gaining practical experience.

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