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Energizing Leaders

We work with boards, businesses and organizations of all shapes and sizes.

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Strategic Planning Focused on Your Organization’s Strengths

Is your organization in need of a clear direction? SDSU Extension Community Vitality offers strategic planning to groups by starting with your strengths and building on them.

Blue map of South Dakota with white stars representing communities with active wellness coalitions, including: DeSmet, Dupree, Fort Thompson, Lower Brule, Lake Andes, Martin, Rapid City and Wagner.

What Communities Have Wellness Coalitions?

View a complete list of active community wellness coalitions throughout South Dakota.

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Community Wellness Coalitions

Community wellness coalitions bring together community-based organizations, stakeholders and wellness experts to identify the wellness challenges facing South Dakota communities and address them through resources, programming and wellness opportunities tailored for their unique needs.

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19 South Dakotans Selected To Change Network Learning Experience

September 22, 2021

Representing communities and Native nations across the state, these change makers have identified opportunities to create more equitable, accessible and welcoming environments where they live and work.

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Third Annual 'Energize!' Conference Sees Sustained Success

September 02, 2021

An opportunity to hear about successful revitalizations, community projects and business opportunities, this year’s Energize! Conference drew more than 100 people.

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Neys Joins SDSU Extension Community Vitality Team

August 31, 2021

As a Community Vitality Field Specialist, Neys will provide leadership in building mutual learning relationships with community citizens and leaders.

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What Is a Community Champion?

Learn more about community champions and the important roles they play in community wellness coalitions.

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What Is a Wellness Coalition?

Learn answers to some common questions about community wellness coalitions and SDSU Extension's supporting programming and services.

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Aug 18

SDSU Extension Lemmon Regional Center Open House

South Dakota State University Extension's new Lemmon Regional Center will be holding an open house for the local community from 3 to 5:30 p.m. MT on Aug. 18.