Training in a Virtual World

January 8, 2021 // Grants, South Dakota Fund Grants

The South Dakota Community Foundation (SDCF) congratulates the Northeast South Dakota Area Health Education Center (NESD AHEC) on successfully securing a $15,000 South Dakota Fund grant award. The NESD AHEC strives to improve the health of rural South Dakota by supporting rural health providers, community health initiatives and helping to grow the pipeline of future health professionals, especially within Emergency Medical Services (EMS). Funds will be used to support the provision of interactive virtual training sessions for South Dakota EMS professionals focusing on clinical and operational best practices during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The funding we are receiving from the South Dakota Community Foundation is key to providing access for local emergency service responders and emergency medical technicians to high quality education via interactive online training,” said Sandra Durick, Executive Director, NESD AHEC. “This training will give emergency medical service providers the opportunity to provide high quality services in their communities.”

“We are proud to play a small part in bringing this project to fruition,” said Ginger Niemann, Senior Program Officer, SDCF. “Online classes allow for non-contact training with experts throughout the state for EMS professionals in both rural and frontier communities.”

In response to the pandemic, SDCF’s Board of Directors established the Coronavirus Response Fund to directly support the needs of communities and nonprofits affected by COVID-19. This fund addresses immediate needs including access to food, shortage of volunteers, healthcare sector support and human services sector support. Donations are being accepted. If you would like to lend your support to those who continue to be impacted by this virus, or just learn more, please visit Donations can be made on-line or checks may be directed to SDCF, PO Box 296, Pierre, SD 57501. One hundred percent of donations made to the SDCF Coronavirus Fund go directly to those in need throughout our state.

About the SDCF

SDCF is a public non-profit organization established in 1987. SDCF, with offices in Pierre, Rapid City, Sioux Falls and Aberdeen administers over 980 funds benefiting hundreds of charitable organizations annually. The Foundation distributed nearly $18 million in grants in 2019 which made a tremendous difference in communities statewide. This would not have been possible without the generosity of our donors. If you have a specific cause you would like to support or would prefer to give for the general good of our state, please visit to learn more or call 1-800-888-1842.