Focus on Health
The South Carolina Institute of Medicine & Public Health is pleased welcome Nathaniel J. (Nate) Patterson, DrPH, MHA as our new director. Dr. Patterson joins the Institute from the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (SC DHHS), where he previously served as the Program Director for Health Services responsible for the development of Medicaid program policies, Managed Care Contracts, and the advancement of public-private stakeholder engagement and collaboration efforts linked to the Department’s Coordinated and Integrated Care programs. His career includes a variety of experiences including working closely with a variety of integrated and coordinated care initiatives for Medicare and Medicaid.
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.
Business is booming in many South Carolina towns and cities thanks to local infrastructure projects that have made communities more pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly. Ten municipalities, featured in a new report released by Eat Smart Move More South Carolina, have noted millions of dollars in returns on investments, not to mention more active citizens.
The S.C. Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services (DAODAS) has received a federal grant totaling $3,192,772 to reduce the number of prescription drug/opioid overdose-related deaths and adverse events in our state. South Carolina is one of 12 states to receive funding through the five-year grant, which was awarded by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
The Arnold School will host the Inaugural Gerry Sue and Norman J. Arnold Childhood Obesity Lecture Series on Thursday, September 29, 2016 from 3:45 – 5 p.m. The theme for the inaugural lecture, which is free and open to the public, is The Future of Youth Physical Activity Research: Dissemination and Implementation of Evidence-based Interventions.
U.S. adult obesity rates decreased in four states (Minnesota, Montana, New York and Ohio), increased in two (Kansas and Kentucky) and remained stable in the rest, between 2014 and 2015, according to The State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America. SC’s rate decreased slightly to 31.7% in 2015 from 32.1%, but the decrease is outside of the confidence interval to be considered a true improvement in rates. SC’s state ranking did improve by moving from the 10th most obese state in 2014 to 13th in 2015.
Mr. and Mrs. Arnold, in cooperation with the Norman J. Arnold Foundation, gifted $10 million to establish an endowment to support the teaching, research and public education efforts of the then University of South Carolina School of Public Health. Renamed the Arnold School of Public Health, the School was the first school of public health at a public institution to have the honor of becoming a named school. It has since risen to become one of the most productive and well-recognized public health colleges in the nation.
This year the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps found that rural areas are lagging behind urban places. While rates of premature death are improving in urban areas, they are getting worse for rural populations. This new report outlines evidence-informed and innovative strategies to improve health for rural populations.
The Office for the Study of Aging (OSA) not only administers its own programs and services, they also have partnerships with an array of other organizations and agencies that focus on aging. One of OSA’s long-standing partnerships is with Leeza’s Care Connection. Working with Leeza’s Care Connection and Lexington Medical Center staff, OSA contributed to the development of a training program for a key component of the new Columbia center.
Scale Down teams and workgroups are continuing their focused efforts to achieve the SC Obesity Action Plan objectives so that the healthy choice is the easy choice for all South Carolinians. The Summer 2016 Update highlights efforts in open community use of school recreational facilities and McLeod Child Development Center’s efforts to create expanded opportunities for physical activity and support of breastfeeding mothers.