Special Sections

  • SCale Down

    IMPH partners with the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control to facilitate implementation of the state's Obesity Action Plan through the SCale Down Initiative. The plan promotes comprehensive actions to stimulate across-the-board changes at the environmental, policy and system-level.
  • Health Policy Fellows Program

    Health and health care are among the most complex and important issues of our day. Health issues affect every individual, family and economy in every community across our state and country. Elected officials are often required to make decisions on a variety of complex issues that affect health both directly and indirectly.
  • Health Impact Assessments (HIA)

    An HIA is a combination of procedures, methods, and tools that judges the potential and effects of a policy, plan, or project on the health of a population and the effects within the population.


State Forum to Advance Health Systems Transformation

The National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI) awarded IMPH funding to convene stakeholders to develop strategies to bridge public health and health care. Supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, this award will allow IMPH to convene stakeholders in a state forum to explore tangible strategies for fostering collaboration between these two sectors.

County Health Rankings & Roadmaps

IMPH collaborates with the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps program. The County Health Rankings, first released in 2010, show us that where we live matters to our health. The health of a community depends on many different factors – ranging from individual health behaviors, education and jobs, to quality of health care, to the environment. IMPH works with the ​County Health Rankings & Roadmaps to disseminate findings and share tools and resources with professionals and communities.

Healthy South Carolina Initiative

In September of 2011, a Community Transformation Grant was awarded to the state of South Carolina by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to implement the Healthy South Carolina Initiative. This grant funded community-level interventions and transformative strategies that reduce death and disability from chronic diseases and their associated risk factors. SC IMPH supported this initiative by convening, coordinating and evaluating an External Leadership Team that provided state-level leadership and strategic direction for the initiative. This work concluded in March 2014.

SC Coordinated Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Plan

In close collaboration with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, IMPH provided technical assistance and analysis to assist in the development of the South Carolina Coordinated Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Plan.

Affordable Care Act Implementation Initiative

With the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), the realities of implementing health care legislation presented both opportunities and challenges. To facilitate an effective state-level implementation, IMPH, in collaboration with South Carolina Healthcare Voices, convened stakeholders from the non-profit sector and state agencies to explore the various state-specific elements of the legislation and examine possible approaches to implementation. This initiative included the creation of open, non-discriminatory, educational workgroups to help the state prepare for and implement health reform. This work concluded June 30th, 2012.

Evidence-Based Public Health

SCPHI (now known as the SC Institute of Medicine and Public Health) was awarded a mini-grant by the Association of State and Territorial Health Officers (ASTHO) and the National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI) to assist the South Carolina Department of Health & Environmental Control (SC DHEC) in a planning process to promote use of the Community Guide to Preventative Services in their operations.

Oral Health 2014 Initiative

IMPH assisted the work of the SC Rural Health Research Center to develop a statewide plan of action to implement a sustainable public health response that is integrated into primary care and dental safely net systems, and achieves significant, measurable oral health outcomes.

Exploring Opportunities for Obesity Prevention in Early Care and Education

IMPH convened stakeholders and performed qualitative research to identify opportunities and barriers to improving access to healthy food and opportunities for physical activity in child care centers in South Carolina.

Sodium Intake Reduction Strategy Development

The Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Division of the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) has worked with IMPH to review and analyze the development and implementation of a sodium intake reduction strategy in South Carolina.

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