Hope in the Heartland: A Medicaid Expansion Film Event

Access to affordable health care is something that we all need.

But due to complicated rules and gaps in services offered at Indian Health Services, thousands of Indigenous South Dakotans can’t access the care they need.

Join us for a screening of two short documentaries illustrating the impacts these gaps have on our Indigenous and non-Native relatives, and learn how expanding Medicaid will strengthen our circles and empower us all to live healthier lives.

The doors will open at 5:30 pm, and the program will start at 6 pm. The concessions stand will be open, so plan to come early and pick up some popcorn and a good seat for the screening! Voter registration and information about early voting and the election will be available in the lobby before and after the screening.

Sign up for FREE tickets!


Walk-in vaccine clinic in Pierre today!

SDUIH Pierre Clinic Hosting a Walk-In Vaccine Clinic on Sept. 21!

Get your flu vaccine and bivalent COVID-19 booster today in Pierre!

Getting vaccinated against the flu and COVID-19 this fall can reduce your risk of getting sick with those illnesses. It’s important for everyone to do their part to stay healthy this flu season. Prevent the spread of flu and other respiratory illnesses like COVID-19:

  • Mask Up: Cover your nose and mouth with a mask when out in public.
  • Lather Up: Wash your hands frequently with soap and water.
  • Sleeve Up: Roll up your sleeve to get a flu shot.

The more people vaccinated, the more people protected from flu and COVID-19.

What: Walk-in flu & COVID-19 vaccines (Moderna and J&J)
Where: SDUIH Pierre Clinic – 1714 Abbey Road, Pierre, SD 57501
When: Wednesday, Sept. 21, 4-7 pm
Who: Everyone! We are able to vaccinate relatives of all ages for an initial vaccine series and/or the new COVID-19 booster shot, as well as the influenza vaccine.

$15 cash or gift cards will be provided as compensation for initial COVID-19 vaccine series doses. You do not need to be an SDUIH patient to get the vaccine. No appointment required.


Pop-up COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic at SDUIH Downtown

SDUIH Downtown Hosting a Vaccine Clinic on Sept. 15!

What: Walk-in COVID-19 vaccines (Moderna)
Where: SDUIH Downtown – 300 N Phillips Ave, Suite 120, Sioux Falls, SD 57104
When: Thursday, Sept. 15, 5:30-7:30 pm
Who: Everyone! We are able to vaccinate relatives of all ages for an initial vaccine series and/or the new COVID-19 booster shot

$15 cash or gift cards will be provided as compensation for folks who get vaccinated at the pop-up event. You do not need to be an SDUIH patient to get the vaccine. No ID or appointment required!

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Free Breast Cancer Screenings at SDUIH Sioux Falls Clinic

Like going to the dentist or changing the oil in your car, cancer screening should be a regular part of your life. Screening tests are used before a person has any symptoms to help find cancer early, when it may be easier to treat.

What: Avera Mammobile at SDUIH Clinic – Sioux Falls
Where: SDUIH Clinic – Sioux Falls – 1200 N West Ave, Sioux Falls, SD 57104
When: Thursday, Sept. 8, 8:30 am – 2:30 pm
Who: Women over 40 with and without health insurance. You do not need to be an SDUIH patient.

Call the clinic to schedule your free breast cancer screening: (605) 339-0420

A Note from the Dietitian – Eating Healthy on a Budget

Most of us think eating healthy might leave our pockets empty. But that’s not necessarily true. With a little bit of planning and smart choices, we can have healthy, affordable, and tasty meals. One of the common reasons people say they find it difficult to follow healthy eating habits is affordability. Meals from fast food chains may seem inexpensive, but the prices add up. For example, a McDonald’s Big Mac costs $5.79, and if you make it a meal it gets closer to $9; that’s just for one meal! You can prepare three meals with a $9 budget by simply buying the ingredients and cooking the meals at home. Remember, you don’t need to buy products that say natural, organic, superfood, etc. to prepare healthy meals. Stick to the basics and buy whole grain products, seasonal vegetables, beans, legumes, and dairy products.

7 Tips for eating healthy on a budget
  1. Plan your meals and if possible, meal prep.
  2. Limit eating out and cook at home.
  3. Buy in bulk.
  4. Buy in-season products.
  5. Always shop with a list.
  6. Buy frozen or canned fruits and vegetables.
  7. Buy store brands.

Preparing for Winter

Winter weather was just as extreme on the prairie before colonization. Preparing for it was part of the daily existence of D/L/Nakota people. Getting ready for winter began in September. This involved harvesting and drying corn, berries, meat, and fish, to store underground.

Preparing for winter now means checking in on our winter gear and warm clothing.

Winter Weather Clothing Checklist

  • Long-sleeved shirt
  • Long pants
  • Sweater
  • Boots or sturdy shoes (waterproof)
  • Socks
  • Warm coat or jacket with hood
  • Stocking hat
  • Mittens or gloves
  • Scarf

It’s also a good idea to make sure your car is ready for snow, too. Do your tires have good tread to keep you steady on slippery roads? Is your heater working? Are your brakes in check?

If you’re in need of some warm clothing, SDUIH has a limited amount of some winter gear available for free in our Trading Post at our clinics. Please stock up appropriately next time you’re at the clinic!

Do you have gently used coats, boots, hats or gloves? Drop them off with the front desk and we will find them good homes!