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Recordings Available of Webinars About Using County Health Rankings & Roadmaps to Support Health in South Carolina

Eat Smart Move More SC and the SC Institute of Medicine and Public Health hosted a two-part webinar series featuring the County Health Rankings and Roadmaps in March 2016. This webinar series provides an overview of the program, a summary of the 2016 SC County Health Rankings and how to use them, and a description of the tools and resources available to SC communities to improve health.

New Rankings Shed Light on Where South Carolina Counties Could Improve Health

Beaufort County ranks healthiest in South Carolina and Marlboro County is the least healthy county in the state, according to the seventh annual County Health Rankings, released by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. The Rankings are available at www.countyhealthrankings.org.

The Greenville News Focuses on Mental Illness; Crisis Care

The work and focus of the Behavioral Health Taskforce continue to make news as the critical need for crisis stabilization and chronic care services are highlighted around our state. Two articles appearing in The Greenville News recently illustrate that need.

SCale Down Annual Update

With the release of the South Carolina Obesity Action Plan in the fall of 2014, a new phase of obesity prevention work began in our state. The plan provides clear direction for focused action in multiple settings on a 5-year horizon. To ensure that such action occurs, the SCale Down Initiative was launched in January 2015 to support this effort by engaging partners to achieve the objectives outlined in the Action Plan. This update highlights the activities and successes that have occurred during the first year.

Twenty-Seven Legislators Recognized as Health Policy Program Fellows

Twenty-seven members of the South Carolina General Assembly have been recognized as Health Policy Fellows by the South Carolina Institute of Medicine and Public Health (IMPH). The elected officials were participants in the fall 2015 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 non-partisan initiative providing evidence-based information on health and health care issues in South Carolina.

Legislators take on a Healthier State House Challenge

More than 100 state lawmakers will use the Fitbit Wellness platform to help reach their health and fitness goals. Rep. Neal Collins has teamed up with the South Carolina Hospital Association (SCHA) and the Alliance of YMCAs to create A Healthier State House among state legislators and legislative staffers.

Hope for Tomorrow Behavioral Health Report Endorsed

The South Carolina Medical Association (SCMA) Board of Trustees and the Alliance for a Healthier South Carolina (Alliance) have formally endorsed the South Carolina Institute of Medicine and Public Health Behavioral Health Taskforce’s final report, “Hope for Tomorrow: The Collective Approach for Transforming South Carolina’s Behavioral Health Systems.”

South Carolina Maintains 42nd Ranking for Health Outcomes

The United Health Foundation released the 2015 America’s Health Rankings, based on 2012-2014 data. South Carolina was ranked 42nd in health outcomes, the same ranking as last year. This means that 41 other states are healthier than South Carolina. The state improved in 23 of the 34 indicators used to calculate the Rankings – including childhood immunizations, infant mortality and preventable hospitalizations; but it was not enough to improve the overall ranking.

Explore Trends in U.S. Health Spending

The Kaiser Family Foundation has released an update to the Health Spending Explorer, an interactive tool on the Peterson-Kaiser Health System Tracker that allows users to analyze the most up-to-date data on U.S. health spending, then build, display and share the charts that are created.

Drug Overdose Deaths in SC Double

According to a new report, Reducing Teen Substance Misuse: What Really Works, from the Trust for America’s Health, drug overdose death rates among 12- to 25-year-olds have doubled in SC over the last 12 years. South Carolina ranked 12th lowest for the number of youth drug overdose deaths, with a rate of 5.8 per 100,000 youth, ages 12 to 25. The national rate is 7.3 per 100,000.

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