Advancing Health in South Carolina

IMPH is an independent entity serving as an informed, nonpartisan convener around the important health issues in our state. IMPH also serves as a provider of evidence-based information to inform health policy decisions.

Policy in Action

  • New State Report Shows Differences in Health by Place and by Race

    Beaufort County ranks healthiest in South Carolina and Marlboro County is the least healthy county in the state, according to the ninth annual County Health Rankings, released March 14th by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. An easy-to-use snapshot that compares counties within states, the Rankings show that where you live influences how well and how long you live. The local-level data make it clear that good health is influenced by many factors beyond medical care including housing, education, and jobs. This year’s new Rankings State Reports show meaningful gaps in health persist not only by place, but also by race and ethnicity.

Focus on Health

  • New Alzheimer’s Association Report Reveals Sharp Increases in Alzheimer’s Prevalence, Deaths and Costs of Care

    South Carolina has the highest Alzheimer’s death rate in America. For the second consecutive year, total payments to care for individuals living with Alzheimer’s or other dementias will surpass a quarter of a trillion dollars ($277 billion), which includes an increase of nearly $20 billion from last year, according to data reported in the Alzheimer’s […]

  • IMPH is Recruiting – Business Manager

    The Institute of Medicine and Public Health (IMPH) seeks a Business Manager to support the financial activities and administrative aspects of the Institute’s programs and projects, serving as a liaison with both the University of South Carolina and the SC Research Foundation. This position plans, coordinates and performs administrative, business management and support activities for IMPH, a 501(c)(3). This position is based in Columbia, SC.

  • Coming Soon! Workforce for Health Taskforce to Launch in April

    As part of our mission to inform health policy in South Carolina, we will support a collective process to foster the development of recommendations for state policymakers and other stakeholders regarding the future of the health care workforce for South Carolina. IMPH will convene stakeholders and research best practices and innovative approaches to care that focus on prevention, community settings and the social-environmental determinants of health and their implications for the workforce. The Workforce for Health Taskforce is scheduled to launch April 19th.

Publications

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    2016 Progress Report – Hope for Tomorrow: The Collective Approach for Transforming South Carolina’s Behavioral Health Systems

    IMPH has released the first annual Progress Report presenting a status update on each recommendation from May 2015’s Behavioral Health Taskforce report, “Hope for Tomorrow: The Collective Approach for Transforming South Carolina’s Behavioral Health Systems.” Following the release of the report, IMPH formed an Implementation Leadership Council of key leaders to provide the vision for how the recommendations would be achieved, to foster collaborations and to propel forward movement in improving our state’s behavioral health systems. Significant progress has been made, including in Crisis Stabilization Units, Community Crisis Response and Intervention services, continuity of care and increasing access to evidence-based programs for detoxification from opioids.

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    2016 Progress Report – Creating Direction: A Guide for Improving Long-Term Care in South Carolina

    IMPH has released the first Progress Report presenting a status update on recommendations from June 2015’s Long-Term Care Taskforce report “Creating Direction: A Guide to Improving Long-Term Care in South Carolina.” Following the release of the report, IMPH formed an Implementation Leadership Council of key stakeholders to prioritize the recommendations and guide implementation. This Progress Report outlines advances towards meeting the prioritized recommendations. The progress made reflects the work of many partners in improving long-term services and supports in South Carolina.

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