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Healthcare in Partnership with Education (HIPE) Week, February 6-10

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Friday, January 27, 2012
CONTACT:  Halley Lee, (605) 773-3361 


Healthcare in Partnership with Education (HIPE) Week, February 6-10


PIERRE, S.D. – Promoting health careers to South Dakota students is the focus of the upcoming Healthcare in Partnership with Education (HIPE) Week February 6-10.


As South Dakota’s population continues to age, projections indicate the state will need thousands of additional healthcare workers, with rural areas particularly affected. HIPE Week is an annual observance bringing together schools, communities and healthcare providers in an effort to make today’s students aware of the many healthcare careers that are available to them.


“HIPE Week is an annual attempt to expose students in South Dakota schools to the wide variety of career options available to them in the health care industry,” said Doneen Hollingsworth, Secretary of Health. “It’s especially timely this year with Governor Daugaard’s announcement of his South Dakota Workforce Initiatives, which aims to better prepare our young people for future careers and has a strong emphasis on improving access to rural health care.”


Hollingsworth said HIPE Week is sponsored by the state’s Health Occupations for Today and Tomorrow program. The program is a joint effort of the Departments of Health, Education, and Labor and the Board of Regents intended to promote health career for South Dakota students.


Local groups interested in participating in HIPE Week can find free resources, including lesson plans and activities on the web at www.healthcareers.sd.gov. More information about South Dakota Workforce Initiatives can be found at http://www.southdakotawins.com/.