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.
It has been one year since the release of the South Carolina Obesity Action Plan in September of 2014, and we are making great strides in achieving the plan’s 74 objectives. SCale Down has become the unifying link for obesity efforts across the state by creating multiple opportunities for partners to connect and collaborate. Highlights of these successful efforts are included in this update.
A new report ranks South Carolina 10th in adult obesity nationally, maintaining the same rank as the 2014 report though the percent of adult obesity rose from 31.7% to 32.1%. In SC, IMPH works facilitates implementation of the South Carolina Obesity Action Plan in partnership with the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control through the SCale Down Initiative.
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.
The National Coordinating Center for Public Health Training (NCCPHT) at the National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI) has recently undertaken an important study aimed at enhancing the education and training resources available to the public health workforce. In order to better understand the current learning environment and opportunities that exist, they are seeking input from public health professionals on educational and professional development goals, needs and preferences.
Clemson University is working with community partners to craft outreach programs aimed at helping South Carolinians improve their health. The university invited experts from land-grant universities across the country to share ideas on Cooperative Extension Service programs that have improved population health in their states. Representatives of Greenville Health System also participated at the Population Health and Land Grant Universities Summit.
Based in the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina’s Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, the Office for the Study of Aging has trained more than 21,000 South Carolinians with their Dementia Dialogues program since it was created in 2002. In early August, the Office kicked off a nationwide rollout of the program in Utah.
Dr. Megan Weis will be speaking at the the South Carolina Academy of Physician Assistants 2015 Fall CME Conference. For more information or to register, please click here.
IMPH facilitates the SCale Down Action Team meeting.
IMPH supports the promotion of South Carolina Public Health Association (SCPHA) events. SCPHA is hosting a fall conference focused on nutrition and physical activity. Visit www.scpha.com for more information and to register.
Dr. Lee Pearson serves as a keynote speaker addressing how to educate legislators about young stroke with current challenges impeding access and dissemination of data related to stroke among young adults.
Dr. Megan Weis serves on the Governing Council as the South Carolina Public Health Association’s Affiliate Representative to the American Public Health Association’s Governing Council.