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About us


To create a culture shift where infection prevention practices become universal in all activities by healthcare workers.

Project Firstline is a national training collaborative from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) delivered by SDFMC for healthcare workers throughout South Dakota. 


To make sure as many healthcare workers as possible go through the training. And the best part is, we can customize the training for South Dakota – catering to the needs and gaps in our state, from community to community.

Meet The Team

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Jess Danko
Program Director
Rebecca Sime
Program Manager,
Project Firstline Lead
Cheri Fast
Program Manager

Jessica Danko’s experience working on the frontlines through a worldwide pandemic provided her with a vast ability to relate and deliver needed perspectives to move into the future of healthcare. 

Cheri received her certification in infection prevention in December of 2021 and is eager to help others implement infection control education to their employees and  in their facilities.

A lifelong learner, Rebecca Sime is passionate about learning and education and feels they are key to continual improvement.  A degree in Civil Engineering led to serving her community managing design build road and bridge projects for nearly ten years. She felt drawn to the opportunity to further serve her community in the nursing profession.

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Elise Heesch
Media Specialist 

Elise graduated from South Dakota State University, with an Advertising major in May of 2022. While in college, Elise was the Advertising Club president, held media related positions in Alpha Xi Delta, ran the advertising department for the school newspaper, The Collegian, and was enrolled in numerous honor societies. 

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