Advancing Health in South Carolina

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.

Policy in Action

  • Trust for America’s Health Releases “Blueprint for a Healthier America” Report Featuring High-Impact Policies

    The Trust for America’s Health released Blueprint for a Healthier America 2016: Policy Priorities for the Next Administration and Congress which calls for a new approach to health – prioritizing improving health and addressing major epidemics in the United States. The report highlights pressing crises and how investments could yield positive returns on investment by adopting proven health strategies. For instance: investing $1 in substance use prevention to realize as much as $34 in return, saving more than $16 billion through a more active and healthy population, connecting health and social services to cut billions in costs, reducing the $120 billion spent annually on preventable infectious diseases and realizing a 7-10 percent annual return by investing in early childhood education.

Focus on Health

  • Healthy People, Healthy Carolinas RFP Released by The Duke Endowment

    The Duke Endowment has released a Request for Applications for Healthy People, Healthy Carolinas (HPHC), a program to improve community health outcomes in North Carolina and South Carolina. This new opportunity is designed to support new or existing community coalitions in their efforts to improve population health through applying the Collective Impact framework, enhancing community capacity to implement evidence-based interventions addressing physical activity/nutrition and chronic disease and monitoring performance metrics to spur improvement. Mandatory webinars are scheduled for Nov. 22, 2016. Applications are due January 16, 2017.

  • Independent Review of Adult Protective Services Recommended by Creating Direction Long-Term Care Report Released

    June 2015’s report from the Long-Term Care Taskforce recommended that the state “Ensure vulnerable adults are protected through an adequate Adult Protective Services (APS) Program and have access to preventive services that keep them safely in their homes and from requiring more expensive services.” To better understand the current APS Program and the needs of vulnerable adults, AARP-SC and the Lieutenant Governor’s Office on Aging engaged the law firm of Nelson Mullins Riley Scarborough to conduct an independent pro bono review in 2015-16. Following an extensive process, the report was released and outlines ten recommendations.

  • 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.

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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