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Health Occupations for Today and Tomorrow

By Halley Lee, South Dakota Department of Health

Did you know that by the year 2012, nearly 11,000 additional healthcare workers, including dentists, dental assistants, and dental hygienists, will be needed in South Dakota? Did you know that there will be a 21% decrease in the number of high school graduates by the school year 2012/2013? Did you know that by the year 2025, South Dakota will have the 9th highest proportion of elderly nationally? Scary statistics, aren't they? So...are you ready? Do you know what these stats actually mean? Simply speaking, they mean that as our baby boomers retire and leave the healthcare workforce they are subsequently aging, requiring additional healthcare services. At the same time, there are fewer and fewer high school graduates available to replace them in the workforce.

To address this looming crisis, the SD Departments of Education, Health, and Labor along with the Board of Regents, have created a new program to address the critical need for healthcare workers in the state. Health Occupations for Today and Tomorrow (HOTT) focuses on health career education for elementary, middle and secondary students. HOTT offers students opportunities to learn about and experience healthcare career pathways such as medicine, dentistry, nursing, and allied health.

So...do you know what you can do to be sure you have an adequate dental workforce to meet the crisis head-on? For starters, watch for an exciting new educational opportunity created just for the dental workforce. The Office of Rural Health, in conjunction with the South Dakota Dental Association, has created a fun activity for dental professionals to use in making presentations to schools and youth groups. Students will sharpen up on their dental care facts and learn about dental careers when you introduce them to the interactive game Dental Jeopardy! Dental Jeopardy provides a presenter with an innovative approach to educating students on preventive dental care, as well as the careers associated with oral care. The first version of this activity is available on the HOTT website (see below) under the "Lesson Plans" area.

For more information on Dental Jeopardy or on the HOTT initiative in general, contact Halley Lee, South Dakota Department of Health at 605-773-6320 or visit the website at www.sdjobs.org/sdhott.
 

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Medicaid Providers Required to Provide Interpretation Services to Those with Limited English Proficiency


The enforcement of Section 1557 of the Affordable Care prohibits entities that receive federal financial assistance from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability and sex.  The rule applies to Medicaid providers. Compliance requirements include requiring covered entities to "provide meaningful access to individuals with limited English proficiency" as well as providing qualified interpreters and translators. The compliance date for the notices is Oct. 16. The rest of the rule went into effect July 18.

The rule requires offices to post notices of nondiscrimination as well as taglines in the top 15 non-English languages spoken in the state indicating that free language assistance services are available.
The notices must be posted in the dental office, on the website and in any significant publications and communications. For smaller items, such as postcards and tri-fold brochures, the practice may use a shorter nondiscrimination statement and taglines in the state's top two non-English languages spoken.

This link provides the translated information offices are required to post: http://www.hhs.gov/civil-rights/for-individuals/section-1557/translated-resources/index.html.

The 15 most spoken languages (other than English) in South Dakota are German; Chinese; Karen; Vietnamese; Nepali; Serbo-Croatian; Amharic; Sudanic; Tagalog; Korean; Russian; Cushite; Ukrainian; and, French.

 

Medicaid providers in South Dakota have access to live translation services Delta’s language line. 

 

Additionally, the ADA has prepared resources to aid in compliance with the rule, including an FAQ and checklist. Visit ADA.org/1557. There are also sample materials available on the OCR's website at www.hhs.gov/ocr.