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Help ensure a strong start for SD’s children. The ECCS grant gives South Dakota an opportunity to build upon the strong collaborations and systems that support our youngest children and their families.

Ensuring a strong start for children can reduce vulnerabilities and increase opportunities for health and success across the lifespan.

The Center for the Prevention of Child Maltreatment (CPCM) is one of 20 Awardees nationwide of the Federal Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems (ECCS) grant.  HRSA’s ECCS grant program aims to build integrated maternal and early childhood systems of care that are equitable, sustainable, comprehensive, and inclusive of the health system as a key partner.

The SD-ECCS panel discussion series will feature content experts in six core areas that impact children. Watch to learn more about the state of young children and families in South Dakota. What are the needs and issues they’re facing? Who are the champions who carry efforts? What issues and priorities require further collaboration?

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DATES: (All scheduled for Noon-1:30 p.m. Central)

  • August 18, 2022 – Prenatal/Parenting Engagement & Education | Register in advance here | View speaker bios
  • Darbi Hunt, SD SFEC Learning Specialist with Community, Family & Special Services, Statewide Family Engagement Center
  • Lisa Sanderson, Family to Family Project Coordinator with South Dakota Parent Connection
  • Dr. Marcy Drew, Director of Education with South Dakota Public Broadcasting
  • Jennifer Kampmann, PhD, Birth to Three with South Dakota Department of Education
  • Shelly Freese, Bright Start Nurse Manager with South Dakota Department of Health
  • Kharley Newman, Family Leadership Group, SD ECCS
  • Terra Johnson, Manager with Sanford Children’s CHILD Services
  • Rachel Busmann, Outreach Coordinator with SDSU Child and Family Resource Network
  • Kristine Bjorum, Director of Early Learning Development with Boys & Girls Club of the Sioux Empire
  • Carmen Stewart, Head Start Director with University of South Dakota
  • Janessa Bixel, MEd, President with South Dakota Association for the Education of Young Children
  • Carissa Regnerus, RDH MA, Lead Clinical Director, University of South Dakota, Department of Dental Hygiene
  • Connie Halverson, Vice President, Delta Dental of South Dakota, Public Benefit
  • John Zimmer, DDS, Pediatric Dentist, Great Plains Area of the Indian Health Service
  • Michelle Scholtz, DDS, Chief Dental Officer, Prairie Winds Dental
  • Melanie Boetel, Director with Department of Social Services, Division of Behavioral Health
  • Jodi Williams, Behavioral Health with Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate Tribe
  • Dione Krush, Women’s Advocate with Bethany Christian Services, Rapid City
  • Betsy Schuster, Vice President of Program Development, Helpline Center

Webinar Series Recordings and Slides

Session 1 | August 4, 2022 | Medical/Disabilities

Aimee Deliramich, PhD, Clinical Psychologist, Center for Disabilities USD
Amber Finnesand, Parent
Kevin DeWald, Executive Director, South Dakota Health Link
Lisa Fox, Implementation Analyst, South Dakota Health Link
Sara DeCoteau, Tribal Health Director, Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate
Whitney Brunner, Assistant Director, Department of Health’s Maternal and Child Health

Session 2 | August 11, 2022 | Legal/Safety

Carrie Sanderson, JD MPA, Director, Center for the Prevention of Child Maltreatment
Chelsie Ogaard, Program Director, Children’s Home Society
Pam Bennett, Division Director, South Dakota Department of Social Services, South Dakota Child Protection Services
Jessica Morson, Social Services Coordinator, Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe

This project was supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award to CPCM at The University of South Dakota totaling $255,514.00 with 0 percentage financed with non-governmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government. For more information, please visit