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.
On November 16th, the South Carolina Office of Rural Health celebrated National Rural Health Day and released the South Carolina Rural Health Action Plan. The plan represents the culmination of a nearly 18-month long journey that included exploration of the issues through use of epidemiological data, an expert task force and community listening sessions. The resulting plan contains 5 areas of focus, 15 recommendations and 50+ action steps, intended to spur progress over the next 3-5 years.
Chanita A. Hughes-Halbert, Ph.D., has been elected into the National Academy of Medicine, the first woman and first African-American from South Carolina to attain that distinction.
As the South Carolina Institute of Medicine & Public Health continues to evolve and fulfill its mission to inform policy to improve health and health care, we are pleased to announce that Ms. Maya Pack and Dr. Megan Weis have been named co-directors of the Institute. Under the executive leadership of Mr. Kester Freeman, Ms. Pack and Dr. Weis will continue to advance the Institute’s mission of utilizing the latest in evidence-based research by serving as a nonpartisan convener to inform health policy. Together, Ms. Pack and Dr. Weis have 19 years of experience with the Institute and will work collaboratively to ensure a productive and impactful future.
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.