As a graduate student, the public health field is full of endless opportunities to improve communities across South Dakota. Everyday as a public health student at the University of South Dakota, I have the privilege of learning a new aspect of the field. Throughout my education various doors have opened, revealing careers in this field that I never knew existed.
In April 2019, SLM Consulting, LLC was fortunate to celebrate seven years in business, providing data driven public health solutions to impact communities where people live, work, learn, and play. Looking back over the past seven years, provides an opportunity to reflect on the how public health practice has evolved and what opportunities still exist to impact population health.
There are a wealth of activities happening across rural American working to address and improve health outcomes, including community gardens to increase access to healthy foods, economic development to invest in healthy community design, and utilization of local wellness coalitions to take action to address local health. However, increasing globalization and the growing impact of social, economic, and environmental factors on global health, calls for expansion of the scope and reach of population health approaches to improve health outcomes across rural America.