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.
The SCale Down Initiative continues to work collaboratively with over 100 stakeholders across the state of South Carolina to move the needle on obesity. This quarterly update contains information on upcoming events and recent data releases.
The Greenville Health Authority board has awarded Clemson University a total of $2.66 million for diabetes prevention efforts and scholarships to increase diversity in the nurse practitioner workforce. This five-year initiative connects Clemson with diabetes prevention and management efforts at Greenville Health System as well as initiatives of the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, the South Carolina Lieutenant Governor’s Office on Aging and the American Diabetes Association. A key component of the initiative is research collaboration between Clemson public health sciences and Cooperative Extension.
Adult obesity rates are showing signs of leveling off nationally, according to the 14th annual State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America report from the Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). In this year’s report, South Carolina’s adult obesity is 32.3%, which ranks South Carolina as 12th in adult obesity in the nation.
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.
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.
The Eat Smart Move More South Carolina Board of Directors is excited to announce the Obesity Summit will now be known as the Leadership Summit for Healthy Communities.
IMPH is a member of the Alliance for a Healthier South Carolina.
The third session of the Health Policy Fellows program will be offered to members of the South Carolina General Assembly.
The role of the Long-Term Care (LTC) Implementation Leadership Council (ILC) is to focus attention on the recommendations of the Long-Term Care Taskforce. The LTC ILC is working to minimize or eliminate barriers to implementation, promote and track progress toward implementation and issue an annual report demonstrating progress to date.