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.
Scale Down teams and workgroups are continuing their focused efforts to achieve the SC Obesity Action Plan objectives so that the healthy choice is the easy choice for all South Carolinians. The Summer 2016 Update highlights efforts in open community use of school recreational facilities and McLeod Child Development Center’s efforts to create expanded opportunities for physical activity and support of breastfeeding mothers.
June is Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month and the South Carolina Lieutenant Governor’s Office has joined the Alzheimer’s Association to raise awareness and honor the more than 84,000 South Carolinians and their families facing this disease. Alzheimer’s disease robs people of their ability to remember, but many are unaware that Alzheimer’s is a fatal disease. Every person diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease requires long term care from family members and friends for the rest of their lives.
The South Carolina Public Health Association (SCPHA) recognized 2015 Health Policy Fellow Rep. Neal A. Collins (R-Pickens) as the Douglas E. Bryant Legislator of the Year at the Spring Conference held May 25, 2016. This award recognizes an elected state legislator for sponsorship, service and support of important public health initiatives.
“One Year Update – Long-Term Care Taskforce” provides a brief status update on the processes and structure developed to help achieve the 30 recommendations to improve our state’s system of long-term services and supports that are outlined in June 2015’s Creating Direction: A Guide for Improving Long-Term Care in South Carolina.
“One Year Update – Behavioral Health Taskforce” provides a brief status update on the processes and structure developed to help achieve the 20 recommendations to improve our state’s system of behavioral health services outlined in May 2015’s Hope for Tomorrow: The Collective Approach for Transforming South Carolina’s Behavioral Health Systems.
The role of the Behavioral Health Implementation Leadership Council (ILC) is to focus attention on the recommendations of the Behavioral Health Taskforce. The ILC will minimize or eliminate barriers to implementation, promote and track progress toward implementation and issue an annual report demonstrating progress to date.
IMPH facilitates the SCale Down Action Team meetings.
Presented by the South Carolina Coalition for the Care of the Seriously Ill, South Carolina Medical Association, Roper St. Francis and All About Seniors, the Aging Gracefully conference is dedicated to bringing information regarding the various issues faced by the aging adult through education and preparation.
Dr. Lee Pearson and Karen Fradua will facilitate the discussion.
IMPH convenes the Child Care Workgroup for the SCale Down Initiative.