Focus on Health
With the second quarter of activities now complete, the SCale Down Initiative is fully underway with active engagement from over 90 SCale Down partners. This positive energy is reflective of the many innovative approaches being used to achieve the objectives of the Obesity Action Plan.
South Carolina’s long-term care system is not ready to meet the coming demand as the older population will nearly double over the next 15 years. However, it is not only older adults who need long-term care; 43% of those needing long-term care are under the age of 65. The 30 recommendations in the Long-Term Care Taskforce report are the culmination of a year and a half of work by numerous experts and provide a guide for improving long-term care in South Carolina.
Hope for Tomorrow: The Collective Approach for Transforming South Carolina’s Behavioral Health Systems
Recommendations to improve our state’s behavioral health systems have been issued by a statewide taskforce convened by the South Carolina Institute of Medicine & Public Health (IMPH) to transform South Carolina’s behavioral health systems. These recommendations include actions to make behavioral health care as accessible as care for physical illnesses, such as a heart attack or trauma, and to integrate primary and behavioral health care in order to reduce overall health care costs and improve health outcomes.
The University of South Carolina Arnold School of Public Health and the Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) have been working together to examine South Carolina’s transition of clinical services from health departments to primary care providers.
On April 8th, 2015 the South Carolina Institute of Medicine and Public Health, in conjunction with several partners including the South Carolina Academy of Physician Assistants (SCAPA), will host the “A How-To for South Carolina PA’s: Communities & Practices Join the Obesity Fight” teleconference.
The month of January is National Cervical Cancer Awareness Month. During this time the National Cervical Cancer Coalition, along with the various chapters of the coalition around the United States, focuses on spreading awareness for Cervical Cancer, HPV disease and the importance of early detection.
In December IMPH’s Health Policy Fellows Program offered a one day session for legislative staff of the South Carolina General Assembly. This offering, entitled “Improving Health in South Carolina – Challenges and Opportunities,” afforded legislative staff the opportunity to view health in its broadest sense as a driver in other policy areas that should be considered in all policies.
With flu season in full affect, it is important to dissolve any myths associated with the flu vaccination. Common discrepancies about the vaccine are centered on misguided information about what the shot actually does.
The month of November is Diabetes Awareness Month hosted by the American Diabetes Association. The idea behind the awareness month is centered on the principle to call attention to diabetes issues as well as support patients that are suffering from the disease. South Carolina is currently ranked 44th in the Nation for Diabetes.
Over the past decade obesity rates among adults have started to decline, though still remaining dangerously high overall. South Carolina is now ranked seventh in the nation for obesity.