Focus on Health
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.
June is Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month and the South Carolina Lieutenant Governor’s Office has joined the Alzheimer’s Association to raise awareness and honor the more than 84,000 South Carolinians and their families facing this disease. Alzheimer’s disease robs people of their ability to remember, but many are unaware that Alzheimer’s is a fatal disease. Every person diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease requires long term care from family members and friends for the rest of their lives.
“One Year Update – Long-Term Care Taskforce” provides a brief status update on the processes and structure developed to help achieve the 30 recommendations to improve our state’s system of long-term services and supports that are outlined in June 2015’s Creating Direction: A Guide for Improving Long-Term Care in South Carolina.
The South Carolina Public Health Association (SCPHA) recognized 2015 Health Policy Fellow Rep. Neal A. Collins (R-Pickens) as the Douglas E. Bryant Legislator of the Year at the Spring Conference held May 25, 2016. This award recognizes an elected state legislator for sponsorship, service and support of important public health initiatives.