Focus on Health

SCale Down Update – Fall 2017

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.

S.C. Taps Private Donors To Expand In-Home Services For At-Risk Moms

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.

CDC Releases the 40th Annual Report on the Health of the Nation

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.

SCale Down Update – Summer 2017

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.

What is Health Equity?

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) has released a report defining health equity and identifying crucial elements to guide effective action to reduce disparities in health status. Simply put, “health equity means that everyone has a fair and just opportunity to be healthier. This requires removing obstacles to health such as poverty, discrimination, and their consequences, including powerlessness and lack of access to good jobs with fair pay, quality education and housing, safe environments, and health care.”

The Honorable Ronnie Cromer Joins IMPH Board of Directors

Senator Ronnie Cromer has joined IMPH’s Board of Directors. Sen. Cromer serves South Carolina as State Senator for Senate District 18. He was first elected to the seat in a special election on April 15, 2003, and has risen through the ranks of the Senate Republican Caucus. He currently serves as chairman of the Senate Banking and Insurance Committee. In addition, he serves on four other Senate committees: Fish Game and Forestry (former chairman), Finance (subcommittee chairman,) Invitations and Rules (former chairman.)

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