Advancing Health in South Carolina

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.

Policy in Action

  • Coming Soon! Workforce for Health Taskforce to Launch in April

    As part of our mission to inform health policy in South Carolina, we will support a collective process to foster the development of recommendations for state policymakers and other stakeholders regarding the future of the health care workforce for South Carolina. IMPH will convene stakeholders and research best practices and innovative approaches to care that focus on prevention, community settings and the social-environmental determinants of health and their implications for the workforce. The Workforce for Health Taskforce is scheduled to launch April 19th.

Focus on Health

  • 2017 Health Policy Fellows Recognized

    Thirteen members of the South Carolina General Assembly have been recognized as Health Policy Fellows by the South Carolina Institute of Medicine & Public Health (IMPH). The elected officials were participants in the fall 2017 offering of the Fellows Program, offered by IMPH and supported by The Duke Endowment and Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina. The program is a nonpartisan initiative providing evidence-based information on health and health care issues in South Carolina.

  • Vulnerable Adult Awareness Month

    Gov. Henry McMaster has declared February 2018 as Vulnerable Adult Awareness Month in the state, which gives the South Carolina Department of Social Services the chance to highlight the agency’s Adult Advocacy Division. The goal of the SC DSS’s Adult Protective Services is to assist vulnerable adults who are unable to protect themselves from abuse, neglect, self-neglect or exploitation. In State Fiscal Year 2016-2017, DSS provided services for 7,413 vulnerable adults, and investigated 5,886 new reports of abuse, neglect, self-neglect or exploitation.

  • Applications Open in April 2018 for Kresge’s Emerging Leaders in Public Health Initiative

    The Kresge Foundation is partnering with the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health (UNC) to recruit and select 20 teams for the third cohort of Emerging Leaders in Public Health (ELPH). ELPH is a leadership development initiative aimed at providing local, governmental public health leaders with the knowledge and skills to lead in today’s changing health care environment. Leadership teams will receive coaching and a grant up to $125,000 from The Kresge Foundation to apply their leadership training while leading their department towards assuming this new, transformative role.

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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