South Dakota

At a glance

CDC supports South Dakota and other state and local health departments, or their bona fide agents, through cooperative agreements to support childhood lead poisoning prevention activities. Read about the program's successes.

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About the program

The State of South Dakota received $498,955 through cooperative agreement EH21-2102 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the third funding year. The funds address childhood lead poisoning prevention and surveillance programmatic activities being conducted from September 30, 2023, to September 29, 2024.

The strategies focus on:

  • Ensuring blood lead testing and reporting
  • Enhancing blood lead surveillance
  • Improving linkages to recommended services

To learn more about these efforts in South Dakota, contact the program below.

South Dakota Department of Health

600 East Capital Avenue

Pierre, SD 57501

Phone: 605-773-3368 or 605-773-3241


Success stories for this funding cycle, September 30, 2021–September 29, 2026, are below.

Success story: funding year 2

Student interview team supports South Dakota's lead poisoning prevention program


The South Dakota Department of Health (SD-DOH) received funding in September 2021 to develop and conduct activities for their Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (SD CLPPP). Previously, the state had no public health surveillance, interview, referral, or case management activities established for childhood lead poisoning. Due to the existing public health workforce focusing on the COVID-19 response, SD CLPPP sought an alternative model to conduct activities by engaging a student interview team.


SD-DOH established a partnership with the University of South Dakota (USD) School of Health Sciences in 2021 to create a student interview team from their Master of Public Health (MPH) program, named the Community Action Response Epidemiology (CARE) team. The goal of the partnership was to increase lead hazard awareness in the state and conduct blood lead surveillance activities for children aged 6 years and younger. SD CLPPP developed program policies and trained the CARE team on the following:

  • Conducting telephone interviews with families of children with blood lead levels at ≥10 μg/dL to determine possible lead exposure sources. Since the intervention, SD CLPPP is now making contact with families of children ≥ 3.5 ug/dL.
  • Educating families about lead hazards, health effects, and prevention.
  • Providing case management for children who were exposed to lead, such as monitoring follow-up blood lead testing, engaging with medical providers during follow-up, and making referrals to supportive services.


The partnership between SD CLPPP and the USD CARE team enhanced the state's public health workforce capacity to conduct outreach for lead poisoning prevention while offering MPH students the opportunity to learn and practice applied skills. Specifically, SD CLPPP activities ensured early identification of lead-exposed children and prompt linkages to supportive services. In addition, all 17 parents, caregivers, and guardians of children who were contacted by the SD CLPPP received educational materials about lead poisoning prevention. Data collected during interviews will continue to increase the program's ability to focus interventions on geographic areas and populations at higher risk.

Funding for this work was made possible in part by [CDC-RFA-EH21-2102] from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The views expressed in this material do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.