Vicki Palmreuter (pictured above right) has a true passion for impacting the health and wellness of others through outreach and education. As a self-starter with a background in medical business development, medical marketing and community event coordination, she generously shares her health knowledge to motivate and inspire others.

As a program manager for the Great Plains Quality Innovation Network (QIN), Vicki’s experience as a Master Trainer Outreach Ambassador for Better Choices, Better Health South Dakota (BCBH) will offer valuable insights to assist health care facilities with referral processes and outcome tracking of patients struggling with diabetes and other chronic conditions.

“The daily demands of managing a chronic health condition can be overwhelming. The chronic disease and diabetes self-management education programs serve as a blue print to provide a foundation for success,” Palmreuter explained.  “Along with tools and information, each participant receives support and encouragement to continue making progress.”

Evidence continues to support the value of self-management education programs, including the Stanford model used by BCBH South Dakota, for developing positive lifestyle changes and improving quality of life.  Any individual or caregiver seeking assistance for managing a chronic health issue can participate in the workshops at no cost.

“The Great Plains QIN works to improve health outcomes and reduce issues of health disparities among people with diabetes. Vicki’s experience and passion will certainly have an impact on the healthcare professionals and individuals she engages with,” stated Jay Lewis, chief executive officer for the South Dakota Foundation for Medical care, partner of the Great Plains QIN.

Beyond supporting individual efforts to manage health, Palmreuter served as community health coordinator at Regional Health and led the community health needs assessment process while researching and advocating for population health principles.

Palmreuter graduated Cum Laude from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN, with a bachelor of arts in biology. She is located in Rapid City, SD, and can be reached at Vicki.Palmeuter@area-a.hcqis.org.