Health in the News
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
South Carolina’s long-term care system is not ready to meet the coming demand as the older population will nearly double over the next 15 years. However, it is not only older adults who need long-term care; 43% of those needing long-term care are under the age of 65. The 30 recommendations in the Long-Term Care Taskforce report are the culmination of a year and a half of work by numerous experts and provide a guide for improving long-term care in South Carolina.
IMPH in conjunction with several partners including South Carolina Academy of Physician Assistants hosted “A How-To for South Carolina PA’s: Communities & Practices Join the Obesity Fight” videoconference on April 8th. Topics discussed during this live videoconference included: 2015 County Health Rankings, the South Carolina Scale Down Initiative and the Let’s GO 5-2-1-0! Childhood Obesity Toolkit. This program is now being offered as 3.00 hours of enduring CME credit for physician assistants.