Gov. Noem announces prenatal and primary care innovation grants

PIERRE, S.D. – A release today from Governor Kristi Noem announced today that the Department of Social Services (DSS) has awarded $1 million of innovation grants to improve primary and prenatal care for women in the Medicaid program.

The $1 million funding is available for up to three years with three South Dakota providers; Native Women’s Health Care, Avera Health and Center for Family Medicine each receiving a $333,000 award.

“It’s incredibly important for expecting moms to get the care they need during their pregnancy,” said Noem. “We need to find new ways to support access to primary and prenatal care across South Dakota – especially in remote or rural areas. The sooner people get the care they need, the less likely they are to need more intensive interventions or higher-cost services later. Technology and other innovative approaches to providing this type of care are critical to ensuring prenatal and primary care are available throughout the state.”

116,000 South Dakotans on average rely on Medicaid for their healthcare each month with 68% being children. Half of the children born in South Dakota each year will be on Medicaid during their first year of life.

“These projects will allow us to take a fresh, new perspective with the potential to impact the health of children and families in South Dakota that rely on Medicaid for their healthcare,” said DSS Secretary Laurie Gill.

The funding is intended to help providers implement innovative technology to increase access to needed care. Needed care such as projects that support the testing of new ways to manage gestational diabetes, integrate primary care and behavioral health and implement comprehensive care models to support pregnant women. Using an evidence-based approach that will test ideas aimed at improving health outcomes and lowering program costs.

“Through this program, Center for Family Medicine will expand access to a network of peer supports within the community and develop a robust video curriculum that ensures patients receive the best education throughout their pregnancy and maintain their connection to their care providers,” said Jennifer Ball, a Clinical Pharmacist at the Center for Family Medicine.

Providers receiving funding will be required to submit evidence of clinical outcomes, sustainability and cost-effectiveness with successful approaches being considered for replication across the program.


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