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2014 County Health Rankings Released

IMPH is assisting the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin’s Population Health Institute in promoting the release of the 2014 County Health Rankings & Roadmaps. Nearly every county in the country is ranked on health outcomes (how healthy we are) and on health factors (how healthy we can be). This year’s release includes several new measures.

The South Carolina Cancer Alliance: Implementation Funding Available

The South Carolina Cancer Alliance (SCCA) released letter of intent guidelines for implementation projects to be conducted between July 1, 2014 and June 15, 2015.

New Resource for Communicating Health Data

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation recently partnered with the University of Michigan Center for Health Communications Research to produce a new website called Visualizing Health. Through the project led by Tim Leong, researchers investigated different ways of visually communicating data that is often difficult for a patient to understand. A gallery of images was created for health professionals and researchers to use, modify and build on to communicate health and health care messages.

Caregiving Proclamation Signed

On Thursday March 6, 2014, Governor Nikki Haley signed a proclamation recognizing the role caregivers play in the lives of the elderly and disabled in South Carolina. The proclamation supports the work of IMPH’s recently established Long-Term Care Taskforce, which is assessing the long-term care system in South Carolina in order to establish a strategic direction that meets the future needs of the system and those it serves.

Promising Data Released in New Obesity Study

A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association demonstrates a significant decline in the prevalence of obese children ages two to five years old. From 2003-2004 the obesity prevalence was at 14 percent and decreased to eight percent in 2011-2012, signifying a 43 percent decline according to the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES).

S.C. Tobacco Plan Evaluation Reports Progress and Makes Recommendations

The South Carolina Tobacco-Free Collaborative and its partners have released an evaluation of the South Carolina Tobacco Control Plan (2007-2013) and report progress in reducing the use of tobacco in the state. This release is followed by the 50th Anniversary of the first Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking. The report advises the state to spend the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-recommended $51 million a year on comprehensive tobacco prevention and control programs.

South Carolina Public Health Association Releases Call for Abstracts

The South Carolina Public Health Association has released a call for student abstracts for the annual conference that will be held May 21-22, 2014. The South Carolina Institute of Medicine and Public Health will present the highest scoring student abstract with the Outstanding Student Abstract Award of $100.

Eleven Members of the General Assembly Recognized as Inaugural Health Policy Program Fellows

Eleven members of the South Carolina General Assembly have been recognized as the inaugural class of fellows from the South Carolina Institute of Medicine and Public Health’s (IMPH) Health Policy Fellows Program.

New South Carolina Hospital Data Website

Together the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (SC DHHS) and the South Carolina Hospital Association (SCHA) have released a new tool allowing consumers to compare hospitals across the state.  This new website, SCHealthData.com, utilizes intuitive mapping, graphing and comparison tools to compare key measures of financial performance. SCHA President Thornton Kirby states […]

Portable Play Equipment is a Cost-Effective and Safe Way to Increase Physical Activity in Children

A new report released by the South Carolina Institute of Medicine and Public Health (IMPH), in partnership with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC), outlines the benefits of portable play equipment in engaging children in active play in the child care setting.

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