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Great Plains Tribal Abstract

Published: May 19, 2016
Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG)
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Building Pathways to a Brighter Future

Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board

Great Plains Pathways to Healthcare Professions

Location: Rapid City, SD


Five-Year Project Period: September 30, 2015 - September 29, 2020

Annual Award Amount: $889,896

Type of Organization: Indian/Native American Tribally Designated Organization

Service Area: Bennett, Jackson, Meade, Pennington, Shannon (Oglala Lakota), and Todd Counties in South Dakota; expanding into North Dakota, Nebraska, and Iowa tribal areas

Target Population: American Indian Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipients and other low-income tribally enrolled individuals


Number of individuals that will be enrolled in the overall HPOG program: 350

Number of TANF recipients that will be enrolled: 210

Number of individual participants that will begin basic skills education: 350

Number of individual participants that will complete basic skills education: 225

Number of participants that will begin any healthcare occupational training: 350

Number of participants that will complete any healthcare occupational training: 225

Number of individual participants that will obtain employment in a healthcare occupation: 200


The Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board implements the Great Plains Pathways to Healthcare Professions (GPPHP) program in a cross section of urban sites, rural areas, and reservations across western South Dakota. GPPHP provides support services for recipients to obtain basic skills education that will lead to an articulated career ladder or an employer- or industry-recognized credential that is currently in demand by the local healthcare industry and will ultimately result in employment in a healthcare occupation.

Project goals include: 1) participants will demonstrate enhanced employability and upward mobility within the healthcare industry (providing long-term career options); 2) participants will experience increased stability within the community and decreased dependence on public assistance programs because of their completion of industry-recognized credentials; 3) participants will experience pride, self-worth, and dignity that provide secondary benefits for themselves and their families and the community; and 4) communities within the service region will experience a decrease in unemployment and an increase in trained persons in high-demand healthcare positions. 

The GPPHP project offers a variety of supportive services, including but not limited to housing, academic supports, case management, child care, transportation assistance, tuition assistance, mental health services, alcohol/drug assessment and treatment, rental and utility assistance, and job placement. Occupational training offerings include Certified Nursing Assistant, Medical Aide, Registered Nurse, Licensed Practical Nurse, Emergency Medical Technician, Paramedic, and Medical Billing and Coding Specialists. Program partners include the Career Learning Center of the Black Hills (providing customized education, career counseling, and assessments) and KAT Communications (implementing a social marketing campaign, developing training modules, and conducting video recordings). GPPHP maintains communication with the Office of Apprenticeship in an effort to discuss the logistics of a medical coding or billing apprenticeship.

Last Reviewed: April 24, 2019