S.D. Medical Alliance awarded first in nation for infant mortality project

Posted July 12, 2013 at 1:35 pm

Connie Schroeder, Miller, and Mary Lou Pierce, Rapid City, were installed as co-presidents of the South Dakota State Medical Association Alliance at the Alliance’s annual meeting held jointly with the Medical Association May 30-31 in Sioux Falls. This year’s convention marked the 103rd year in the Alliance’s history. Schroeder served as co-secretary prior to this year.

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Pierce and Schroeder traveled to the annual meeting of the American Medical Association Alliance in Chicago June 15-18, where the South Dakota Alliance was chosen from among 28 entries to receive the national Health Awareness Promotion award for a state-wide project in the Community Service category which recognizes excellence in health promotion programs and projects.

The SD Alliance addressed the high infant mortality rate in South Dakota with their “Cribs for Kids” project. Funds raised purchased 200 safe sleep kits, which include a crib, a sheet, a pacifier, an infant sleep sack, and an educational brochure on safe-sleep practices. The Alliance is working with the state Department of Health to distribute the cribs around the state. First Lady Linda Daugaard, chair of the Governor’s Task Force on Infant Mortality, first suggested teaming with the Alliance on the “Cribs for Kids” project in 2012 as part of an effort to reduce infant mortality.

Schroeder is a member of SDSMAA District 5, which includes DeSmet, Miller and Huron.  The SD State Medical Association Alliance, formerly known as the Auxiliary, is the oldest continuous alliance in the nation.

Tricia Cain

CO-PRESIDENTS Mary Lou Pierce, left, and Connie Schroeder were installed at the State Medical Association Alliance’s annual meeting.