Health in the News
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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: 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.
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.