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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.

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Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 78 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.

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Hanna DeLange
USD News