Health in the News

New National Report Focuses on Behavioral Health, Including Opioid Misuse

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) released the latest findings from the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), which provides the estimates on substance use and mental health in the United States, including the misuse of opioids.

Healthy Insights Grant Program

The South Carolina Association for Community Economic Development (SCACED) is pleased to announce the launch of Healthy Insights Midlands (HIM), an initiative to support community health and development projects in underserved areas of Lexington and Richland Counties. Through the support of the Nord Family Foundation, Healthy Insights Midlands will provide $5,000 in funding for each of four (4) short-term projects.

Kinship Care Summit Registration Open

Current research, best practices and a review of South Carolina policy and practice reveals kinship caregivers have specific resource needs that differ from foster and adoptive parents. With the success of the 2016 Kinship Care Summits, a series of three Kinship Care Summits will be hosted during the month of September 2017, Kinship Care Awareness Month.

Provide Input for Healthy People 2030

Healthy People provides science-based, 10-year national objectives for improving the health of all Americans. For 3 decades, Healthy People has established benchmarks and monitored progress over time in order to encourage collaborations across communities and sectors, empower individuals toward making informed health decisions and measure the impact of prevention activities. The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion needs your help in spreading the word about the opening of public comment for the proposed framework of Healthy People 2030.

Report on Adult Protective Services Program Recommends Policy Changes

The Legislative Audit Council report on the South Carolina Department of Social Services adult protective services program (APS) was recently released. APS provides for the health and welfare of vulnerable adults who are victims of actual or potential abuse, neglect, and/or exploitation. The report outlines 51 recommended changes though policy and recommends the Legislature approve 16 more through state law.

Dr. Megan Weis Featured on Arnold School of Public Health Website

The Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina has featured Dr. Megan Weis, associate director of outreach & program development, on their website recognizing a recent award from the South Carolina Public Health Association.

Live Healthy South Carolina Launched – Respond to Survey!

A state-wide collaborative process to develop Live Healthy South Carolina, South Carolina’s first state health assessment and state health improvement plan, has been launched. The SC Department of Health and Environmental Control will work in partnership with the Alliance for a Healthier SC (IMPH is a member of the Alliance) over the next year and a half to develop a comprehensive picture of health factors and health outcomes in South Carolina and a multi-year roadmap for continuing to improve the health of all South Carolinians.

Early Bird Registration Open for Leadership Summit for Healthy Communities

Early bird registration is open for the Leadership Summit for Healthy Communities, formerly the SC Obesity Summit. The tentative agenda has also been posted on the website.

Register Now for Implementing and Sustaining Physical Activity and Nutrition Programs in Faith-Based Settings

The USC Prevention Research Center, a partner of the SCale Down Initiative facilitated by IMPH, invites to you attend a symposium that will examine factors related to putting faith-based, evidence-based programs into practice, using the Faith, Activity, and Nutrition (FAN) program as a model on Thursday, July 27, 8:30 am – 12:00 noon at the USC Public Health Research Center Auditorium (1st floor), 921 Assembly Street, Columbia, SC 29201.

Student Spotlight: Matthew Yuen – Two Time Outstanding Student Abstract Award Winner

California native Matthew Yuen is well on his way to becoming a rural health expert. The health services policy and management (HSPM) doctoral candidate has been building his expertise in the field since he began his master’s degree program at Texas A&M University where he first began working with rural populations. Since he joined the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina in 2014, Yuen has had opportunities to work with mentors Janice Probst (HSPM) and Kevin Bennett (School of Medicine). He’s also gained experience at the South Carolina Rural Health Research Center. This year marks the second year that Yuen has won the Outstanding Student Abstract Award from the South Carolina Institute of Medicine and Public Health. It’s the third year in a row for a HSPM student (following Naveed Sadiq’s win in 2015) and the fifth year in a row for an Arnold School student to win the award.

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