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Grant Aims to Improve Communication on Animal-Borne Illness

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VERMILLION, S.D. -- A consortium led by the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine will use a $200,000 grant from the Bush Foundation to improve communication between medical providers, veterinarians and livestock producers regarding animal-borne illnesses that pose potential health risks to humans.

The two-year grant will enable the creation of a working group and a cross-industry network hub known as SD One Health where the public health interests of the livestock, medical and veterinary communities intersect to promote and produce collaboration, resource sharing, knowledge development and community education.

“We see this as an opportunity to create a sustainable public service organization built upon the shared interests of established industry groups to provide a high quality of care to the human and animal populations of South Dakota,” said Dr. Susan Anderson, chair of the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine’s Family Medicine department.

Numerous cases have emerged in recent years illustrating the need for veterinarians, health care providers and agricultural/animal producers to successfully communicate with one another regarding threats, risks, and treatment needs. Threats posed by animal-borne illnesses are especially concerning in South Dakota, where the commercial livestock industry is a major contributor to the state’s economy.

Partners with the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine in this project include the Northeast South Dakota Area Health Education Center, Yankton Rural Area Health Education Center and the South Dakota Public Health Veterinarian at South Dakota State University.

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USD's Sanford School of Medicine is nationally known for excellence. With its award-winning curriculum, the school prepares medical students to practice in all fields of medicine and is particularly recognized and ranked for its reputation in family medicine and rural medicine. In addition to the M.D., it offers graduate degrees in basic biomedical science, sustains a vibrant and forward-looking research agenda, and is home to the interdisciplinary Center for Brain and Behavioral Research.


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 84 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.


Hanna DeLange
USD News