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The South Dakota Dental Foundation is a nonprofit public foundation formed by interested members of the South Dakota Dental Association to benefit the general public.

The Foundation's Mission

The mission of the South Dakota Dental Foundation is to advocate for the improved oral health of South Dakota’s citizens through the education of the profession and the public and by serving those individuals and organizations having dental related needs.

Endowment Fund

The South Dakota Dental Foundation has created an endowment fund to provide financial support to the people, organization and causes that advance the dental profession in South Dakota.

The fund was initially capitalized through a fundraising campaign among the dentists in South Dakota. The fund continues to grow today through pledges, direct contributions, memorials, estate contributions and fund raising activities. All contributions become part of the permanent endowment. Only the earnings from the endowment fund are distributed.

Uses For the Earnings

Uses for the earnings include the following:
  • Dental health projects and activities

  • Dental auxiliary student scholarships

  • Dental health education of the public

The Foundation Board continues to welcome additional contributions to the fund. All contributions are tax deductible.
Foundation Board Members

Dr. Orin Ellwein, Chairman
Dr. Mark Bierschbach, Vice-Chairman
Mr. Scott Jones, Treasurer
Mr. Paul Knecht, Secretary
Mr. Ken Asheim
Mr. Brad Bauer
Dr. Monty Bechtold
Dr. Melissa Gibson
Mrs. Connie Halverson
Dr. Mark Kampfe
Dr. G. Jack Muller
Dr. Jon Schaack
Dr. Jaclyn Schuler
Dr. Grant Titze
Dr. Roger Wilson
To view the Foundation's 2015 990 EZ Report click here
To view the Foundation's 2014 990 EZ Report click here
To view the Foundation's 2013 Year-End Report click here
To view the Foundation's 2012 990 EZ Report click here
To view the Foundation's 2012 Year-End Report click here
To view the Foundation's 2011 Year-End Report
click here
To view the Foundation's 2011 990 EZ Report click here


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.