IMPH is an independent entity serving as a neutral convener around the important health issues in our state. IMPH also serves as a provider of evidence-based information to inform health policy decisions.
Bridging for Health: Improving Community Health Through Innovations in Financing, supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, recently announced the first four sites selected to participate in this new, national initiative. Spartanburg’s Way to Wellville is among the first communities selected for this innovative program.
South Carolina’s long-term care system is not ready to meet the coming demand as the older population will nearly double over the next 15 years. However, it is not only older adults who need long-term care; 43% of those needing long-term care are under the age of 65. The 30 recommendations in the Long-Term Care Taskforce report are the culmination of a year and a half of work by numerous experts and provide a guide for improving long-term care in South Carolina.
Recommendations to improve our state’s behavioral health systems have been issued by a statewide taskforce convened by the South Carolina Institute of Medicine & Public Health (IMPH) to transform South Carolina’s behavioral health systems. These recommendations include actions to make behavioral health care as accessible as care for physical illnesses, such as a heart attack or trauma, and to integrate primary and behavioral health care in order to reduce overall health care costs and improve health outcomes.
IMPH’s Dr. Lee Pearson has joined the Alzheimer’s Association South Carolina Chapter statewide board of directors. Alzheimer’s disease is a unique triple threat with its soaring prevalence, lack of treatment and enormous cost. It’s the sixth leading cause of death in the United States, and the only cause of death among the top ten that cannot be cured, prevented or even slowed. The Alzheimer’s Association is the world’s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Nationally, the Association is the largest non-profit funder of Alzheimer’s research. Through partnerships and funded projects, the Alzheimer’s Association has been part of every major research advancement over the past 30 years.
The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) provides numerous tools and resources for the public.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity has shared that the HHS/GSA Health and Sustainability Guidelines for Federal Concessions and Vending Operations (“Guidelines”) will be updated through a collaborative federal effort. The updated Guidelines will be distributed following the release of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2015.
Executive director Kester Freeman and associate director Maya Pack will discuss the “Hope for Tomorrow: The Collective Approach for Transforming South Carolina’s Behavioral Health Care Systems” report.
The first session of the Health Policy Fellows program will be offered to members of the South Carolina General Assembly. For more information, contact Tim Rogers.
IMPH’s Maya Pack will be attending this event. For more information, please visit the conference website.
The South Carolina Public Health Association (SCPHA) is pleased to announce their 6th Annual Golf Tournament Fundraiser. Support SCPHA and the United Way of Midlands* and register your team for the 6th Annual Golf Tournament Fundraiser. Registration, check-in and practice time will be held from 8:00 – 9:00 am, with tee off at 9:30 am. […]