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South Dakota Department of Health

Contact Information

Barbara Buhler, Public Information Officer
600 East Capitol Street
Pierre, SD 57501-2536

1-800-738-2301 (Voice - In-state only),
605-773-3361 (Voice),
605-773-5683 (FAX),

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The mission of the South Dakota Department of Health is to promote, protect and improve the health and well-being of all South Dakotans. The department provides and funds direct health care services such as community health nursing, maternal and child health programs, nutrition programs, children's special health services, communicable disease control, and disease prevention activities. It licenses restaurants and lodging establishments and surveys and licenses/certifies health care facilities such as hospitals, nursing homes, home health agencies and others. It works to improve health services in rural areas through physician recruitment, community assessment, technical assistance and other services. It maintains the state's vital records and its public health laboratory provides medical, environmental and forensics testing.



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Date Entered: 7/1/1998
Date Edited: 10/11/2012
Date Revised: 2/8/2013
Health Referral Number: HR1040
Accession Number: DP91A0191

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