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Telehealth Laws and Reimbursement Policies

The Public Health Institute’s Center for Connected Health Policy (CCHP) has released the updated third edition of “State Telehealth Laws and Reimbursement Policies.” The report offers policymakers, health advocates, and other interested health care professionals the most current summary guide of telehealth-related policies, laws, and regulations for all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Opportunity to Comment on Current Guidelines for Federal Concessions and Vending Options

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity has shared that the HHS/GSA Health and Sustainability Guidelines for Federal Concessions and Vending Operations (“Guidelines”) will be updated through a collaborative federal effort. The updated Guidelines will be distributed following the release of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2015.

South Carolina Public Health Association 6th Annual Golf Tournament

The South Carolina Public Health Association (SCPHA) is pleased to announce their 6th Annual Golf Tournament Fundraiser. Support SCPHA and the United Way of Midlands* and register your team for the 6th Annual Golf Tournament Fundraiser. The tournament will be held at Charwood Country Club in West Columbia, SC on September 11th, 2015.

South Carolina Successes – Preventing Avoidable Readmissions Together (PART)

The Preventing Avoidable Readmissions Together (PART) initiative is a statewide quality improvement learning collaborative organized by stakeholder organizations in South Carolina working with hospitals, home health, skilled nursing facilities, hospice and other providers to improve care coordination for patients and families in South Carolina.

SCale Down Quarterly Update – July 2015

With the second quarter of activities now complete, the SCale Down Initiative is fully underway with active engagement from over 90 SCale Down partners. This positive energy is reflective of the many innovative approaches being used to achieve the objectives of the Obesity Action Plan.

Student Spotlight: Andrew Chandler

In our Student Spotlight feature, students working with or honored by the Institute will be highlighted. Andrew Chandler is a Masters of Public Health (MPH) student completing his practicum with the SCale Down Initiative.

Southern Obesity Summit Registration Opens

The Southern Obesity Summit (SOS) will take place this year in Jackson, Mississippi November 15-17. SOS is the largest regional obesity prevention event in the United States, drawing hundreds of participants from the 16 Southern States consisting of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia. Together, these states join forces to fight obesity. Registration is now open – please click here to join IMPH at the Summit.

Community Health Advisor Projects Health and Costs of Interventions

HealthPartners Institute for Education and Research has introduced an exciting new resource to help public health leaders, decision-makers and others who want to reduce smoking and increase physical activity in their communities. Community Health Advisor is an online tool that provides customizable information about the potential health and cost impact of implementing evidence-based interventions.

New Study Shows Combatting Childhood Obesity in Schools Is Working

According to a recently published study in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s journal, Preventing Chronic Disease, schools can win the fight against childhood obesity. The study found that the Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s Healthy Schools Program is an important means of supporting schools in reducing students’ rates of obesity.

IMPH Receives Funding from The Duke Endowment and Sisters of Charity Foundation of SC

The South Carolina Institute of Medicine and Public Health has received $230,000 in combined funding from The Duke Endowment and Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina to support the Institute’s Health Policy Fellows Program.

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