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Feeling like we belong, being a part of our communities, and fostering cultural connections supports our health and the quality of our lives. As we celebrate National Public Health Week, April 3 – 9, we want everyone to know they can make their communities healthier, safer, and stronger when we support and stay engaged with one another. We’re focusing not just on what we can do as individuals but what we can do as communities to protect, prioritize and influence the future of public health. 
Please join the South Dakota Public Health Association, SLM Consulting, the University of South Dakota, and the Community HealthCare Association of the Dakotas for an in-person celebration and panel discussion on local public health issues. Moderated by Sandra Melstad, PhD, MPH, Public Health Consultant, SLM Consulting, the panel includes: 
Charles Chima, MD, DrPH, MS – Public Health Director, City of Sioux Falls; 
Jennifer Folliard, MPH, RDN – Policy and Communications Director, Community HealthCare Association of the Dakotas (CHAD); 
Veronica Thomas Stars Come Out, RN – Indian Health Service (IHS); and, 
Adane Redda  Community Health Worker, Avera Health