Focus on Health
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.
“One Year Update – Behavioral Health Taskforce” provides a brief status update on the processes and structure developed to help achieve the 20 recommendations to improve our state’s system of behavioral health services outlined in May 2015’s Hope for Tomorrow: The Collective Approach for Transforming South Carolina’s Behavioral Health Systems.
The National Network of Public Health Institutes, with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, has awarded grants to six member public health institutes, including IMPH, to host state-wide forums aimed at advancing collaboration among the public health and health care sectors.
The Scale Down teams and workgroups focus their efforts on achieving the action plan objectives so that the healthy choice is the easy choice for all South Carolinians. Through their work, innovative approaches are being developed and implemented to address the obesity epidemic in our state. During the first quarter of 2016, many partners reported positive outcomes, promising plans for program expansion and new opportunities for collaboration in the coming year.
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.
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 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.
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.