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South Dakota Support for Culture Change

Survey Agency
 
The state survey agency, its leadership and staff, have been very active in the South Dakota Culture Change Coalition. Because of the rural nature of the state, most of the coalition's activities have been conducted using the state DDN system (Dakota Digital Network) that provides audio/visual conferencing capability statewide using sites located in virtually every school in the state. The Coalition has conducted four DDN broadcasts on culture change that were attended by both providers and state survey agency representatives have served as presenters for two of the four broadcasts. The state agency has worked to identify nursing homes that are on their "culture change journey" and have established goals and timelines for South Dakota nursing homes to be "culture change" facilities.


Long-term Care Ombudsman Program

The South Dakota State Long-term Care Ombudsman has been very active in the South Dakota Culture Change Coalition. The ombudsman office has sponsored nationally recognized culture change speakers for educational programs.