Program Office

Program Director: Susan M. Anderson, M.D.
The SD AHEC Program Office is located within the Sanford School of Medicine's (SSOM) Department of Family Medicine. Housed on SSOM's Sioux Falls campus in the USD Health Science Center, the Program Office is responsible for overall organizational strategy; collaborating with national, regional, and statewide partners; and the statewide administrative operations of the SD AHEC program.

Yankton Rural AHEC

Executive Director: Sandy Viau-Williams
An independent 501(c)(3) organization, the Yankton Rural AHEC is housed on the campus of Avera Sacred Heart Hospital. Its mission is "to enhance access to quality healthcare, particularly primary and preventive care, by improving the supply and distribution of healthcare professionals through community/academic educational partnerships." The Center's primary service area is a 24 county area in southeastern South Dakota containing portions of five tribal reservations (Crow Creek, Flandreau, Lower Brule, Rosebud and Yankton). Of the 24 counties, 23 are designated as rural or frontier and 21 contain areas designated as medically underserved including two medically underserved populations.

Northeast AHEC

Executive Director: Rachel Haigh-Blume
Housed on the campus of Presentation College in Aberdeen, South Dakota, the Northeast AHEC was formed by an independent consortium of healthcare and academic stakeholders as an independent 501(c)(3) organization with a mission "to enrich and establish partnerships that encourage lifelong learning to secure a growing health care workforce for South Dakota". The primary service area of the Center is a 26 county area in northeast South Dakota containing portions of five tribal reservations (Cheyenne River, Crow Creek, Flandreau, Sisseton Wahpeton, and Standing Rock). All 26 counties are designated as rural or frontier areas and 21 contain areas designated as medically underserved.