Focus on Health

Trust for America’s Health Releases “Blueprint for a Healthier America” Report Featuring High-Impact Policies

The Trust for America’s Health released Blueprint for a Healthier America 2016: Policy Priorities for the Next Administration and Congress which calls for a new approach to health – prioritizing improving health and addressing major epidemics in the United States. The report highlights pressing crises and how investments could yield positive returns on investment by adopting proven health strategies. For instance: investing $1 in substance use prevention to realize as much as $34 in return, saving more than $16 billion through a more active and healthy population, connecting health and social services to cut billions in costs, reducing the $120 billion spent annually on preventable infectious diseases and realizing a 7-10 percent annual return by investing in early childhood education.

Healthy People, Healthy Carolinas RFP Released by The Duke Endowment

The Duke Endowment has released a Request for Applications for Healthy People, Healthy Carolinas (HPHC), a program to improve community health outcomes in North Carolina and South Carolina. This new opportunity is designed to support new or existing community coalitions in their efforts to improve population health through applying the Collective Impact framework, enhancing community capacity to implement evidence-based interventions addressing physical activity/nutrition and chronic disease and monitoring performance metrics to spur improvement. Mandatory webinars are scheduled for Nov. 22, 2016. Applications are due January 16, 2017.

Independent Review of Adult Protective Services Recommended by Creating Direction Long-Term Care Report Released

June 2015’s report from the Long-Term Care Taskforce recommended that the state “Ensure vulnerable adults are protected through an adequate Adult Protective Services (APS) Program and have access to preventive services that keep them safely in their homes and from requiring more expensive services.” To better understand the current APS Program and the needs of vulnerable adults, AARP-SC and the Lieutenant Governor’s Office on Aging engaged the law firm of Nelson Mullins Riley Scarborough to conduct an independent pro bono review in 2015-16. Following an extensive process, the report was released and outlines ten recommendations.


2016 Progress Report – Hope for Tomorrow: The Collective Approach for Transforming South Carolina’s Behavioral Health Systems

IMPH has released the first annual Progress Report presenting a status update on each recommendation from May 2015’s Behavioral Health Taskforce report, “Hope for Tomorrow: The Collective Approach for Transforming South Carolina’s Behavioral Health Systems.” Following the release of the report, IMPH formed an Implementation Leadership Council of key leaders to provide the vision for how the recommendations would be achieved, to foster collaborations and to propel forward movement in improving our state’s behavioral health systems. Significant progress has been made, including in Crisis Stabilization Units, Community Crisis Response and Intervention services, continuity of care and increasing access to evidence-based programs for detoxification from opioids.

IMPH Welcomes Dr. Nathaniel J. Patterson as Director

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.


2016 Progress Report – Creating Direction: A Guide for Improving Long-Term Care in South Carolina

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.

SC Small Businesses, Local Economies in Reap the Benefits of Active Communities

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.

DAODAS Receives $3.2 Million Federal Grant to Combat Opioid Overdoses and Deaths

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.

Internationally Known Obesity Researcher Dr. James F. Sallis to Speak at Inaugural Lecture

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.

SC Obesity Rate Dips Slightly, Rank Improves

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.

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