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Avera Rural Health Institute


Contact Us

Avera Rural Health
3900 West Avera Drive Suite 100
Sioux Falls, SD 57108
Phone: 605-322-4657

Grant Opportunities

The Avera Rural Health Institute’s focus is to collaborate with community leaders and other agencies to find solutions to challenges that affect rural health care:

  • Educational programs
  • Community health planning
  • Consulting
  • Economic development
  • Leadership development
  • Grant writing 
  • Resource identification

The Avera Rural Health Institute serves all facilities with an Avera affiliation and may be contacted for a variety of topics concerning funding opportunities, project development, strategic planning, community health surveys, grant writing and grant application assistance, and more.

Looking for Funding?

Complete the form on the following page as thoroughly as possible.The grant department will contact you as soon as possible regarding your request.

What We Do

Grant Writing

The Avera Rural Health grant writers can help communities identify possible grant opportunities as well as coordinate and write grant proposals. Avera Rural Health has wide experience with federal, state, and private grant sources, and has secured grant funding for rural health providers in amounts ranging from $5,000 to as large as $14.5 million. Avera Rural Health can coordinate the efforts of several grant applicants if it appears that a group approach will have greater funding success. Avera Rural Health can also assist communities in program management or evaluation once a grant has been awarded.

Policy and Advocacy

Through membership in the National Rural Health Association and in cooperation with the Avera Center for Public Policy, Avera Rural Health monitors rural health policy developments and promotes legislation that will benefit rural communities, and fosters relationships with national rural stakeholder organizations.

Strategic Planning

Community Assessments, Planning and Development

Farm Safety Day Camps

The Avera Rural Health Institute, in cooperation with South Dakota Cares, Inc. and the South Dakota State University Cooperative Extension Services, annually sponsors dozens of farm safety day camps in communities throughout the region. More than 25,000 children ages 5 to 15 have attended the Save Our Farm Youth (SOFY) day camps since the program began in 1995.

Customized Services

In addition to the programs and services listed here, Avera Rural Health is open to helping rural community leaders with other projects. Avera Rural Health’s vision is to remain flexible enough to respond to particular needs at a particular time and place, and the Avera Rural Health staff welcomes the opportunity to help leaders find the resources they need.

Funders We Have Experience With

Federal

    • United States Dept. of Agriculture
    • United States Dept. of Health and Human Services
    • Health Resources Services Administration
    • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    • Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services 
    • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
    • National Institute of Health

Private/Corporate

    • Leona M. and Harry B. Charitable Trust
    • Otto Bremer Foundation
    • Wellmark Foundation
    • Susan G. Koman for the Cure
    • Avon Foundation for Women
    • American Cancer Society
    • The Kresge Foundation
    • W.K. Kellogg Foundation
    • Cardinal Health
    • Land O’Lakes Foundation
    • Verizon Foundation
    • Bush Foundation

State

    • State Departments of Health for South Dakota, Minnesota, and Iowa and more

Who we work with/Partnerships

    • Avera facilities
    • Other healthcare providers
    • Community service or action organizations
    • Health collaborations
    • Community/public health entities
    • And others

Rural Health Conference

Rural Health Conference

Avera Rural Health offers a bi-annual fall conference that brings national leaders and speakers together with local voices in rural health care to our region. The Avera Rural Health Conference offers informational topics concerning health care, community and economic development, public policy, developing local leadership, and much more.

Staff

Avera Rural Health Staff

Rachael Sherard
Senior Vice President Rural Health Services
Phone: 605-322-4725
Fax: 605-322-4798
E-Mail Address: Rachael.Sherard@avera.org

Lisa Kilawee
Director of Rural Health Services
Phone: 605-322-4741
Fax: 605-322-4522
E-Mail Address: Lisa.Kilawee@avera.org

John Neth
Grant Finance Manager
Phone: 605-322-4588
Fax: 605-322-4522

E-Mail Address: John.Neth@avera.org

Deanna (Dede) Parker
Grant Writer II
Phone: 605-322-4654
Fax: 605-322-4522

E-Mail Address: Deanna.Parker@avera.org

Jennifer Whitcomb
Grant Writer I
Phone: 605-322-4657
Fax: 605-322-4522

E-Mail Address: Jennifer.Whitcomb@avera.org