Focus on Health
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.
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.
Clemson Receives $2.66M for Innovative Program Bringing Diabetes Prevention, Nurse Practitioner Diversity Efforts to Cooperative Extention
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.
Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Release 2017 State of Obesity Report
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.
Arnold School Researcher Katrina Walsemann Receives Grant to Contribute to the Enhancement of RWJF County Health Rankings
Katrina Walsemann has been awarded nearly $100K to play a key role in improving the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s County Health Rankings. Walsemann’s project, Creating a School Quality Indicators Database to Enhance the RWJF County Health Rankings, aims to create a contextual database that includes county-level indicators of school quality, school segregation and academic achievement using data from all public elementary and secondary schools in the United States.
Deona Scott was 24 and in her final semester at Charleston Southern University in South Carolina when she found out she was pregnant. She turned to Medicaid for maternity health coverage and learned about a free program for first-time mothers that could connect her with a nurse to answer questions about pregnancy and caring for her baby. The nurse would come to her home throughout her pregnancy and for two years after her child’s birth. The Nurse-Family Partnership program in South Carolina is a unique private-public initiative designed in accordance with the nonprofit “pay-for-success” approach, which ties payment for social services to measurable outcomes.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics released the 40th annual report card on the nation’s health. Health, United States, 2016 features long-term trends in health and health care delivery over the past 40 years and explores population changes which have affected patterns of disease, as well as health care access and utilization. The 27 charts and 114 tables present birth rates, life expectancy, leading causes of death, health risk behaviors, health care utilization, insurance coverage and health care expenditures.
This SCale Down update features highlights of the work in five settings including the new and improved website of the South Carolina Recreation & Parks Association, a new walking trail on the grounds of the South Carolina State House, work of the Diabetes Prevention Program in South Carolina, outdoor learning environments for children and Cooking Matters.
SC Public Health Association Recognizes Dr. Megan Weis with Michael D. Jarrett Excellence in Customer Service Award
At the 2017 South Carolina Public Health Association Annual Meeting, associate director Dr. Megan Weis was recognized with the Michael D. Jarrett Excellence in Customer Service Award. The late Michael D. Jarrett, former commissioner of the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, left a profound legacy for all public servants to follow his promotion of providing exemplary customer service. Mr. Jarrett’s philosophy was to view and treat customers as their most valuable resource and his legacy lives on through commendable service consistently provided to those seeking services relating to Public Health by anyone offering public health services within South Carolina.