Health in the News

Student Spotlight: Harshita Jain

In a new feature, Student Spotlight, students working with or honored by the Institute will be featured. Harshita Jain is an undergraduate student intern this summer.

Highlighting Private-Public Partnerships to Improve Health

Maternal and infant mortality rates are two critical measures used to help determine the development of a region. These two measures are inextricably linked. According to the National Women’s Law Center, South Carolina is ranked 33 in maternal mortality and the rate of infant mortality in South Carolina is 7.63 per 1000 live births, which is significantly higher than the national average of 5.63 deaths per 1000 live births.

IMPH Honors Sadiq with Outstanding Student Abstract Award

Naveed Sadiq became a dentist so he could help people who have lost their teeth—people like his grandmother and others who live in rural villages throughout his native Pakistan. During his dental residency, Sadiq learned that many of these individuals had misconceptions. Rural residents assumed that since their parents didn’t have teeth at 40 years of age, it was normal for they themselves to lose most or all of their teeth by middle age. IMPH has awarded Sadiq with the IMPH Outstanding Student Abstract Award for his research in oral health.

Town Hall Meetings on HPV Vaccination

The Hollings Cancer Center at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) is working with the National Cancer Institute to determine the barriers and facilitators to HPV vaccination in South Carolina. This environmental scan includes town hall meetings across South Carolina to educate about the HPV vaccination while getting individual community’s thoughts and opinions on the HPV vaccine uptake.

New Obesity Prevention Funding Opportunities from Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) recently announced a call for proposals for two types of awards aimed at providing advocates, decision-makers, and policymakers with opportune research and evidence to guide policy action in order to reverse the childhood obesity epidemic.

YoungStroke 2015 Conference Registration is Open

“YoungStroke 2015: Visible for Community Change” is a three day educational event scheduled June 27-29, 2015 at Omni Jacksonville in Jacksonville, Florida. It aims to raise awareness, increase knowledge and share good practice about stroke in young adults.

Nutrition Center demonstrates the need for a state-wide SNAP Healthy Bucks Program

A team from the Arnold School of Public Health’s Nutrition Center demonstrates the need for S.C. SNAP Healthy Bucks Program to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables at farmers markets.

Hope for Tomorrow: The Collective Approach for Transforming South Carolina’s Behavioral Health Systems

Recommendations to improve our state’s behavioral health systems have been issued by a statewide taskforce convened by the South Carolina Institute of Medicine & Public Health (IMPH) to transform South Carolina’s behavioral health systems. These recommendations include actions to make behavioral health care as accessible as care for physical illnesses, such as a heart attack or trauma, and to integrate primary and behavioral health care in order to reduce overall health care costs and improve health outcomes.

USC and DHEC Examine South Carolina’s Transition of Clinical Services

The University of South Carolina Arnold School of Public Health and the Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) have been working together to examine South Carolina’s transition of clinical services from health departments to primary care providers.

Rogers Joins IMPH as Manager of Legislative Services

The South Carolina Institute of Medicine and Public Health (IMPH) is pleased to announce that Tim Rogers has joined our staff as Manager of Legislative Services. His extensive experience includes a distinguished 42-year career in state government, most recently as a Healthcare Budget Analyst for the House Ways and Means Committee in the South Carolina General Assembly. As Manager of Legislative Services at IMPH, he oversees an array of research and programmatic activities designed to support members of the SC General Assembly in their work addressing health, including the Institute’s Health Policy Fellows Program, a non-partisan initiative providing high-level education on health and health care issues.

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