Focus on Health
The Institute of Medicine and Public Health (IMPH) seeks a Business Manager to support the financial activities and administrative aspects of the Institute’s programs and projects, serving as a liaison with both the University of South Carolina and the SC Research Foundation. This position plans, coordinates and performs administrative, business management and support activities for IMPH, a 501(c)(3). This position is based in Columbia, SC.
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.
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.
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.
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.
As we start 2018 with the excitement of meeting new challenges and opportunities to improve health and health care in South Carolina, it’s a time to reflect on last year and to advance that work in the new year. It is also a time to say thank you. Your collaboration and investment is what allows all of us to truly make a positive impact in our state.
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.
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.