Jan 3, 2012

Social work professor at USD selected for prestigious fellowship

VERMILLION, S.D. -- Jarod Giger, Ph.D., assistant professor of social work at the University of South Dakota, has been selected for the National Rural Health Association’s (NRHA) Rural Health Fellows (RHF) Program of 2012.

This year-long intensive program is designed to develop leaders who can articulate a clear and compelling vision for health care in rural America. Participation begins with Giger’s attendance at the NRHA’s Rural Health Policy Institute meeting, set for Jan. 29 in Washington, D.C.

“With emerging health care changes in rural communities, we need policy and practice leaders like Dr. Giger to help us make good decisions,” said Michael Lawler, M.S.W., Ph.D., dean of the School of Health Sciences at the University of South Dakota.

Giger was chosen from a pool of applicants that included health care professionals from across the nation. Applicants were evaluated based upon their overall purpose for applying, educational background, capacity for becoming an active NRHA participant and understanding of rural health care issues.

To learn more about the NRHA, please visit www.RuralHealthWeb.org.

About the School of Health Sciences

USD’s School of Health Sciences has nine programs offering bachelor of science degrees in alcohol and drug studies, dental hygiene, health sciences, medical laboratory science, nursing, and social work; an associate of science degree in nursing; master of science degrees in occupational therapy and physician assistant studies; master of social work; master of arts in addiction studies; and a doctorate of physical therapy degree. For more information about USD’s School of Health Sciences, please visit www.usd.edu/health/ or call (605) 677-5000.

About The University of South Dakota
Founded in 1862, The University of South Dakota is designated as the only public liberal arts university in the state and is home to a comprehensive College of Arts and Sciences, School of Education, School of Health Sciences, the state's only School of Law, School of Medicine, the accredited Beacom School of Business and the College of Fine Arts. USD has an enrollment of more than 10,000 students taught by more than 400 faculty members. More information is available at www.usd.edu/press/news.

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Phillip Carter
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