Focus on Health

Emergency Departments across the State under Strain

Emergency department visits in South Carolina are growing faster than our population. South Carolina’s rate of ED visits outpaces the national average and this rate is increasing. Contrary to the myth, the uninsured are not overwhelming South Carolina’s emergency departments.

Public Health Institutes and the “New” Public Health

The South Carolina Public Health Institute has been a beneficiary of, and active participant in, the National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI) project funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) to strengthen the nation’s public health institutes.

Puentes in South Carolina: Building Bridges Between Latino Communities and Health Care Systems

A new program developed by PASOs, a program of the South Carolina Public Health Institute will be featured in a oral presentation at the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting Tuesday, November 9, 2010: 4:30 PM.

Youth HIV/AIDS Prevention

Behavioral surveillance of middle and high school aged youth across the United States indicates high rates of sexual risk behaviors including early onset of sexual activity, unprotected sexual contact, and multiple sexual partners. These data underscore the need for HIV/AIDS strategies that focus on providing evidence-based interventions to vulnerable populations.

Health Care Legislation Implementation

With the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordability Care Act (PPACA), the realities of implementing health care legislation present both opportunities and challenges. In South Carolina, we must assess our readiness to address the numerous elements of this legislation as well as our capacity to maximize the available resources. We must also develop a plan for implementation that will allow the citizens of South Carolina to reap the full benefits of the legislation.

Celebrating Student Achievement

The South Carolina Public Health Institute sponsored the 2010 Outstanding Student Abstract Award at the South Carolina Public Health Association’s Annual Meeting held May 26-28, 2010. Public health students from across the state submitted abstract to the Contributed Papers session. Four abstracts were chosen for oral presentation, and six for poster presentation. Shannon Bright Smith, […]

Preterm Births

Why is this a public health priority? According to the March of Dimes, premature birth is a serious and costly problem. Each year more than a half-million babies are born too soon in the United States, costing the nation more than $26 billion annually. Babies who survive an early birth often face lifelong health challenges, […]

Health Information Technology for Rural Hospitals

Why is this a public health priority? The Institute of Medicine (IOM) report To Err is Human (1999) focused on patient safety and healthcare quality. The report estimated that between 44,000 and 98,000 deaths result from medical errors annually and an estimated $17-$29 billion is spent on such errors (IOM, 1999). The adoption of healthcare […]

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