Sanford gets $7.1M grant for Indian health work

Sioux Falls, South Dakota (AP) October 2010

Sanford Health says it is getting a $7.1 million grant to help address American Indian health issues.

The five-year grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services renews a previous five-year commitment.

Partners for the project include the University of South Dakota, the Aberdeen Area Tribal Chairman’s Health Board and Sinte Gleska University. The money will be used for such things as recruiting Indian students into health research fields and developing programs to address issues such as obesity among Indian children.

Sanford Health was formed by the merger of two health systems in the Dakotas last year. It is headquartered in Sioux Falls, S.D., and Fargo, N.D., and is billed as the nation’s largest not-for-profit rural health care provider.



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