Health in the News
IMPH is recruiting a Project Coordinator to coordinate the development and implementation of multi-stakeholder initiatives aimed at improving the population’s health. The current focal area will be on the health care workforce, emphasizing prevention of chronic conditions, population health improvement and transformation of health systems (including the long-term care and behavioral health systems).
In our Student Spotlight feature, students working with or honored by the Institute are highlighted. Elijah Christian is an MPH candidate with the Department of Health Services, Policy & Management in the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina. He is completing his residency requirements by working with the SCale Down Initiative.
IMPH’s Behavioral Health Taskforce Progress Report for “Hope for Tomorrow: The Collective Approach for Transforming South Carolina’s Behavioral Health Systems” has been referenced in a recent article in The Post and Courier.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.