Program Contact

Jill Munger, RN, BAN, CLC
State Infant Death Review Coordinator
South Dakota Department of Health
600 E. Capitol Ave
Pierre, SD 57501

East Team Coordinator
Dr. Mary Carpenter
Medical Consultant, SD Department of Health
600 E. Capital Avenue
Pierre, SD 57501

West Team Coordinator
Deb Kuehn, RN/CNP, MSN
Black Hills Pediatrics
Rapid City, SD 57701

Program Description

South Dakota has had existing child death review committees for many years; however, these local committees were not covering all counties across the State. Additionally, there has been no State Level Advisory Group to review statewide data and develop public health recommendations. In 2011 the Governor of South Dakota appointed a Task Force on Infant Mortality that recommended that all infant deaths in South Dakota be reviewed as a strategy to reduce infant mortality.

South Dakota has two regional teams, East River and West River. The East River team known as RICMRC (Regional Infant Child Mortality Review Committee) dissolved in 2018 and a new East River Infant Death Review team was formed. The East River team reviews all post hospital discharge infant deaths that occur within their 44 counties. Its first meeting was held in December of 2018. West River Death Review team also reviews infant deaths post hospital discharge in its 22 county area but also reviews child deaths that occur in and around Pennington County. South Dakota has a State Level Infant Death Review Group.

Regional Teams:
Teams conduct retrospective/periodic reviews.

South Dakota Regional teams review all infant deaths from post-delivery hospital discharge to age one. The statewide Infant Death Review Group aggregates all data on infant deaths.  In addition, the West River Review Team reviews child deaths up to age 18 for residents of and occurrences in Pennington county and the surrounding area.

The purpose of the child mortality review in South Dakota is prevention.

Standardized data reporting forms are completed for all infant death reviews and input into the database from the National Center.

Annual Report
There are no annual reports.

Prevention Initiatives
Team findings have influenced policy changes in the state. Local communities have initiated “Back to Sleep” campaigns and neonatal MCAD screening initiatives. Team findings have motivated prevention activities such as lifesaving equipment being installed at a local river park. South Dakota will begin a State Level Advisory Group meeting annually to make statewide preventive and public health recommendations after a review of data collected by the team reviews.

South Dakota has protocols for confidentiality at IDR meetings.

No training is offered.

Last Updated: January 2019