2016 Year in Review

It’s time once again to celebrate the holiday season with family and friends. During this season of fellowship and reflection, we at IMPH wish you the very best for the holidays and the new year to come.

2016 has been an exciting year for IMPH. True to our mission to collectively inform policy to improve health and health care, we strengthened public-private collaboration efforts across the state and certified the benefits of an objective evidence-informed approach to policymaking.

Our key activities and accomplishments from the past year include:

  • The SCale Down Initiative continues to make remarkable progress with active engagement from nearly 100 stakeholders to implement the State Obesity Action Plan. Through this collaborative work, SCale Down is gaining momentum and is making strides in addressing obesity in our state through policy, systems and environmental changes. Obesity rates for adults are beginning to improve according to the State of Obesity and investment from the Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation of South Carolina is leading towards a system to capture health-related fitness data for youth across the state.
  • The IMPH team continues to evolve. We welcomed Dr. Nathaniel Patterson as our director. Early next year we will welcome Ms. Shaena Rouse as a program manager working with the SCale Down Initiative.
  • Finally, we share our gratitude for the leadership and vision Dr. Fred Carter has provided as our board chair since 2011. We also thank Dr. Leroy Davis and Sen. Thomas Alexander for their service on the board since 2011. Look for the announcement of our new chair, vice chair and board members next month!

The staff and leadership of IMPH anticipate another impactful year in 2017 with a new class of Health Policy Fellows Program participants, continued engagement with our Fellows alumni, updates on progress made on the recommendations from the Behavioral Health and Long-Term Care Taskforces, continued progress on the collaborative work to advance obesity prevention through the SCale Down Initiative and initiating conversations around the health care workforce in South Carolina.

We look forward to continued work with our valued partners in 2017 as a part of these and other events and initiatives.

Best wishes for the holiday season and the new year to come!

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