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Help ensure a strong start for SD’s children. The ECCS grant gives South Dakota an opportunity to build upon the strong collaborations and systems that support our youngest children and their families.

Ensuring a strong start for children can reduce vulnerabilities and increase opportunities for health and success across the lifespan.

The Center for the Prevention of Child Maltreatment (CPCM) is one of 20 Awardees nationwide of the Federal Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems (ECCS) grant.  HRSA’s ECCS grant program aims to build integrated maternal and early childhood systems of care that are equitable, sustainable, comprehensive, and inclusive of the health system as a key partner.

The SD-ECCS panel discussion series will feature content experts in six core areas that impact children. Watch to learn more about the state of young children and families in South Dakota. What are the needs and issues they’re facing? Who are the champions who carry efforts? What issues and priorities require further collaboration?

Sign up and learn how we can and are working together to ensure a strong start for SD children.


DATES: (All scheduled for Noon-1:30 p.m. Central)

  • Carrie Sanderson, JD MPA, Director, Center for the Prevention of Child Maltreatment
  • Chelsie Ogaard, Program Director, Children’s Home Society
  • Pam Bennett, Division Director, South Dakota Department of Social Services, South Dakota Child Protection Services
  • Mickey Divine, SWO Child Protection
  • Jessica Morson, ICWA Director, Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe
  • Eldridge Grinnell Jr, SD ECCS Family Leadership Group
  • August 18, 2022 – Prenatal/Parenting Engagement & Education | Register in advance here | View speaker bios
  • More information coming soon!
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  • Carissa Regnerus, RDH MA, Lead Clinical Director, University of South Dakota, Department of Dental Hygiene
  • Connie Halverson, Vice President, Delta Dental of South Dakota, Public Benefit
  • John Zimmer, DDS, Pediatric Dentist, Great Plains Area of the Indian Health Service
  • Michelle Scholtz, DDS, Chief Dental Officer, Prairie Winds Dental
  • More information coming soon!

Webinar Series Recordings and Slides

Session 1 | August 4, 2022 | Medical/Disabilities

Aimee Deliramich, PhD, Clinical Psychologist, Center for Disabilities USD
Amber Finnesand, Parent
Kevin DeWald, Executive Director, South Dakota Health Link
Lisa Fox, Implementation Analyst, South Dakota Health Link
Sara DeCoteau, Tribal Health Director, Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate
Whitney Brunner, Assistant Director, Department of Health’s Maternal and Child Health

This project was supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award to CPCM at The University of South Dakota totaling $255,514.00 with 0 percentage financed with non-governmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government. For more information, please visit