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.

“The Health Policy Fellows Program provides a unique opportunity for legislators to explore health and health care in South Carolina in a politically neutral setting and discuss how it impacts their work as elected officials,” stated IMPH Executive Director Kester Freeman. “With this class, over 50 Fellows have demonstrated their commitment to learning about health policy issues and improving health outcomes in our state.”

Members of the 2017 class of Fellows were recognized during a reception the evening of January 24, 2018. Others in attendance included members of the IMPH board of directors and other alumni of the Program. Ms. Pamela Lackey, chair of the IMPH Board of Directors, and Mr. Freeman presented certificates of recognition to each participant.

The Fellows Program highlights the importance of considering health implications as factors across all policy decisions and is intended to assist elected officials by providing resources and information related to complex health topics. The Fellows Program utilizes national and South Carolina-based experts to inform sessions focused on outlining the challenges and opportunities to improve health in South Carolina; improving the return on investment in health systems and financing; and using a practical framework for engaging in open, balanced and effective dialogue. The Fellows Program was recently the focus of an article in The Post and Courier, “Program helps demystify ‘complicated’ health care industry for South Carolina lawmakers”.

The next legislative offering of the Health Policy Fellows Program is planned for the fall of 2019.

The full class of 2017 Fellows:

Rep. Todd K. Atwater (R)
Rep. Micajah P. “Micah” Caskey IV (R)
Rep. Sylleste H. Davis (R)
Rep. Raye Felder (R)
Rep. Cally R. “Cal” Forrest (R)
Rep. Brandon Michael Newton (R)
Sen. Floyd Nicholson (D)
Sen. Rex F. Rice (R)
Sen. Katrina Frye Shealy (R)
Rep. Leola C. Robinson-Simpson (D)
Sen. Ronnie A. Sabb (D)
Rep. John Taliaferro “Jay” West IV (R)
Rep. William W. “Will” Wheeler III (D)


About the South Carolina Institute of Medicine & Public Health
The South Carolina Institute of Medicine & Public Health (IMPH) is an independent entity serving as a neutral convener around the important health issues in our state. IMPH also serves as a provider evidence-based information and to inform health policy decisions.

About The Duke Endowment
Based in Charlotte and established in 1924 by industrialist and philanthropist James B. Duke, The Duke Endowment is a private foundation that strengthens communities in North Carolina and South Carolina by nurturing children, promoting health, educating minds and enriching spirits. Since its founding, it has distributed more than $3 billion in grants. The Endowment shares a name with Duke University and Duke Energy, but all are separate organizations.

About the Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina
The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina works daily to address the needs of the poor and underserved in South Carolina through a variety of programs, grant opportunities, education and training for nonprofit organizations, evaluation, collaborative ventures and public policy work.

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