IMPH is an independent entity serving as an informed, 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.
The Scale Down teams and workgroups focus their efforts on achieving the action plan objectives so that the healthy choice is the easy choice for all South Carolinians. Through their work, innovative approaches are being developed and implemented to address the obesity epidemic in our state. During the first quarter of 2016, many partners reported positive outcomes, promising plans for program expansion and new opportunities for collaboration in the coming year.
Eat Smart Move More SC and the SC Institute of Medicine and Public Health hosted a two-part webinar series featuring the County Health Rankings and Roadmaps in March 2016. This webinar series provides an overview of the program, a summary of the 2016 SC County Health Rankings and how to use them, and a description of the tools and resources available to SC communities to improve health.
Beaufort County ranks healthiest in South Carolina and Marlboro County is the least healthy county in the state, according to the seventh annual County Health Rankings, released by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. The Rankings are available at www.countyhealthrankings.org.
“Creating Direction: A Guide for Improving Long-Term Care in South Carolina” is the product of a year and a half of work by a statewide taskforce of over 60 providers, researchers and advocates. The South Carolina Institute of Medicine and Public Health (IMPH) convened these stakeholders to study the state’s long-term care system and identify priority areas in need of improvement, particularly in light of the growing older adult population. The taskforce members developed 30 actionable recommendations to reshape the system so that it can better meet the needs of older adults, people with disabilities and family caregivers across the state.
“Hope for Tomorrow: The Collective Approach for Transforming South Carolina’s Behavioral Health Systems” is the product of over 18 months of work by a statewide taskforce of over 60 public and private behavioral health providers, researchers and advocates. The South Carolina Institute of Medicine and Public Health (IMPH) convened these stakeholders to identify the most significant challenges in our behavioral health systems and provide actionable, evidence-based and cost-effective strategies to provide better care and access to behavioral health services for residents of South Carolina.
IMPH convenes the Schools Workgroup for the SCale Down Initiative.
IMPH convenes the Child Care Workgroup for the SCale Down Initiative.
Associate director Maya Pack will be representing IMPH at this conference.
For more information and to register, visit the conference website at http://sesmh.org/.
IMPH is a member of the National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI). Dr. Lee Pearson and Ms. Maya Pack will be presenters at the meeting.
IMPH convenes the Worksites Workgroup for the SCale Down Initiative.