Focus on Health

CDC Releases Prevention Status Reports

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have recently released Prevention Status Reports for all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The reports cover ten different public health concerns and offer a three-level rating system to provide assessment policies and practices within the state. A simple framework was used to assemble the reports and includes defining the public health problem, identifying solutions and reporting the status of the solutions for each state.

New Resource Demonstrates the Importance of Education on Health Status

The Education and Health Initiative, a program of the Virginia Commonwealth University Center on Society and Health has published an issue brief titled “Education: It Matters More to Health than Ever Before.”

“F as in Fat 2013″ Report Released

The “F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America’s Future 2013″ report is now available and shows progress in the fight against obesity.

Considering Sodium Intake Reduction Strategies in South Carolina

Reducing sodium intake is an important component of creating healthier eating habits and can lower blood pressure which can lead to a decrease in the risk for hypertension. It is estimated that reducing daily sodium intake by 1,200 milligrams can prevent up to 92,000 deaths and save up to $24 billion in health care costs each year, nationally. A brief published by IMPH outlines sodium reduction strategies in SC. Following publication of the brief, the South Carolina House of Representatives passed a resolution (H. 3879) to raise awareness of the danger of excessive salt intake to the health of South Carolinians.

IMPH to Develop a Health Policy Fellows Program for Elected Officials

The South Carolina Institute of Medicine and Public Health (IMPH) has received collaborative funding from The Duke Endowment and Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina to enable the development of a health policy fellows program for members of the SC General Assembly. The combined $400,000 award will support the planning and initial offering of the fellows program over the next two years.

State Alliance for Adolescent Sexual Health Releases “Call to Action Resource Document”

The State Alliance for Adolescent Sexual Health in South Carolina (SAASH) recently released a new report, the Call to Action Resource Document, which challenges school leaders, health care providers, policy makers and parents to work together to take immediate action to improve the sexual health and well-being of South Carolina’s youth.
Dr. Lee Pearson, director of operations for IMPH, served on the committee which drafted the report.

A note of gratitude to our partners in the ACA Implementation Initiative

In 2010, shortly after the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, a conversation started in South Carolina to envision ways to improve health for everyone in our state. Under the banner of what was then the SC Public Health Institute, we invited stakeholders with varying interests and opinions to come together and begin the process of understanding the health care reform legislation. For the last two years, that conversation around reform has continued through nine workgroups focused on the key components of the Affordable Care Act.

IMPH Hosts Health Impact Assessment (HIA) Training Sponsored by the Piedmont Health Foundation

The South Carolina Institute of Medicine and Public Health (IMPH) and the Piedmont Health Foundation convened stakeholders from Greenville area organizations on March 26, 2012 to provide training on the purpose and use of the health impact assessment (HIA) as a tool for incorporating health decisions into community decision making.

County Health Rankings & Roadmaps are Call to Action for SC Counties

The South Carolina Institute of Medicine and Public Health (IMPH) is proud to partner with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute to promote the 2012 County Health Rankings & Roadmaps.

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South Carolina Perspectives on a Health Insurance Exchange

The South Carolina Institute of Medicine and Public Health (formerly the South Carolina Public Health Institute) conducted a focus group study among key constituencies to explore their perspectives on health insurance coverage, marketplace considerations and the type of exchange that South Carolina could have.

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