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A USD student sitting around a visible prairie landscape. She has a red bandana and tattoos on her arms.

The South Dakota COVID-19 Community Impact Project is launching a compendium of free health communication resources for communities and organizations. This health communication campaign was informed by more than 7,000 people who participated in the South Dakota COVID-19 Community Impact Survey between March 24 and April 30, 2020. Our team is honored to feature community ambassadors who represent South Dakota’s culturally and geographically diverse communities. Below are links to current posters available for use and distribution.

New materials will be uploaded each week. We want to know how you are staying healthy and reducing the impact of COVID-19 in your community. If you have interest in being a community ambassador, please contact:

Several pictures of hope in South Dakota during COVID-19

Share Your Picture

A picture is worth a thousand words. Share your photo to inspire others.







Poster shows a child drawing a peace sign on the sidewalk

We're in this Together

Be strong and be kind.



Robert Summerer with his dog walking

Be Safe

Robert Summerer, D.O. F.A.C.O.S., a general surgeon at Madison Regional Health System and president of the South Dakota State Medical Association


Poster shows Carmelita Shouldis sitting solemnly in a field.

I'm Staying Healthy for My Family and My Tribe

Carmelita Shouldis (Sicangu Lakota), an elementary teacher at the Rosebud Indian Reservation



Be Bold Poster shows several wearing masks

Be Bold - Wear a Mask

Protect Yourself and Your Community By Wearing a Mask







Poster shows four women walking six feet apart while getting some exercise.

Surviving Coronavirus Equals Social Distancing, Exercise and Friendships

Gayle, Mary, Shirley and Pat, 30 years of walking together daily



a poster showing some results from the south dakota covid-19 community impact project survey

South Dakota COVID-19 Community Impact Project Survey Results

5,406 South Dakotan from 65 counties participated in the South Dakota COVID-19 Community Impact Survey. Here are some results.







Poster shows a tractor in a field

Thank You to South Dakota Farmers and Ranchers -- Hometown Heroes

Thank a farmer or rancher from your hometown.



Poster shows Meghan O'Connell wearing a mask

Thank You to Those Who Practice Social Distancing

Meghan Curry O'Connell, M.D., M.P.H., family medicine physician and USD clinical faculty



Poster shows Bob Sutton Wearing a Mask

I Wear My Mask to Protect Employees, Patients and our Communities

Bob Sutton, president and CEO at Avera Health in Sioux Falls, South Dakota



Carmelita Shouldis and Foster Cournoyer Hogan standing together.

We're Staying Healthy for our Family and our Tribe

Carmelita Shouldis (Sicangu Lakota), an elementary teacher at the Rosebud Indian Reservation, and Foster Cournoyer Hogan (Sicangu Lakota), a student at Stanford University.


Mark Huntingon, M.D. wearing a mask and face shield in the hospital office

Transparent Darth coVider. I am your father, Luke.

Mark Huntingon, M.D., Ph.D., director for family medicine in Sioux Falls, South Dakota



Elizabeth Ruen wearing a superhero mask while her two young sons wear superhero costumes.

We can all be superheroes. Wash your hands. Wear a mask. Stay home when you can. Be healthy.

Elizabeth Ruen, M.P.H., M.S., program officer, Rural Healthcare Helmsley Charitable Trust in Sioux Falls, South Dakota


Benjamin Aaker wearing a mask in the hospital and while welding

Whether it's work or play, it is important to take the necessary steps to protect others and yourself.

Benjamin C. Aaker, M.D., president-elect, South Dakota State Medical Association



In this poster image two Vermillion community members pack sacks with healthy food and snacks for the Tanager Takeout program. Tanager Takeout helps over 150 kids each week by sharing healthy food and snacks

Kelly Stone, teacher at Vermillion High School and co-founder of the Tanager Takeout, and John Lushbough, founder of Feeding Vermillion & Tanager Takeout


An infographic with low risk, medium risk and high risk activities one can do during covid-19

Community guidance for physical distancing








Mary Beecher wearing a face shield in her office.

I mask for all of you. Please return the favor.

Mary Beecher, M.D., family medicine physician at Madison Region Health System in Madison, South Dakota



Sandra Melstad and two of her family members together in a selfie.

I'm doing my best to protect my dad and family so we can continue sharing memories like this one.

Sandra Melstad, M.P.H., CEO and public health consultant at SLM Consulting in Sioux Falls, South Dakota



Wanahca covid-19 poster - the four artists stand together in front of the 2019 mural.Wanáȟča - The Vermillion Community Mural became a space for people to find comfort during COVID-19.