Health in the News
An article in the September 2, 2012 issue of The Greenville News, “Downtown park dream inspires ideas” discusses the current South Carolina Institute of Medicine and Public Health (IMPH) health impact assessment (HIA) examining the potential effects of expansion and addition of parks, green space and trails in three low to moderate income neighborhoods in Greenville’s west side, West Greenville, West End and Southernside.
Ms. Maya Pack presented on a health impact assessment the at Association for Commuter Transportation (ACT) International Conference on July 31, 2012 in Savannah, GA. A link to Ms. Pack’s presentation, A Health Impact Assessment (HIA) on a Proposed “Road Diet” and Re-Striping Project In Spartanburg, SC, is provided.
IMPH hosted a webinar July 12, 2012 sharing information about the purpose and development of the South Carolina Coordinated Chronic Disease and Health Promotion Plan. A link to a survey to provide feedback on the development of the Plan is available.
The Pocket Guide to Health Care Terms is produced by the South Carolina Institute of Medicine and Public Health as a resource in understanding the numerous terms and acronyms that are part of ongoing health care discussions. The June 2012 publication has additional terms added since the original June 2011 publication.
The Supreme Court of the United States has upheld the Affordable Care Act. The individual mandate for Americans to buy health insurance has been ruled constitutional, though not under the power of Congress to regulate commerce between the states. A majority of justices ruled that the penalty an individual would pay if he or she refused to purchase insurance falls under the power of Congress to tax. The provision to expand Medicaid through connecting all Medicaid funding to states to the increase of eligibility to 133% of the Federal Poverty Level was not supported.
Obesity has long been associated with increased mortality, but recent research has demonstrated a paradox: cardiorespiratory fitness can be a greater predictor of outcomes than obesity for those at risk for cardiovascular disease.
On behalf of our partner, the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (SC DHHS), the South Carolina Institute of Medicine and Public Health (IMPH) is highlighting an opportunity for public comment on the South Carolina Dual Eligible Demonstration (SCDuE) Proposal Draft published by SC DHHS.
The South Carolina Institute of Medicine and Public Health (IMPH) worked with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) to manage a project funded by the Association of State and Territorial Health Officers (ASTHO) to support capacity building for Health Impact Assessments (HIAs) in South Carolina.
South Carolina Institute of Medicine and Public Health (IMPH) public relations interns Ellen Fahey and Christina Galardi from the University of South Carolina (USC) School of Journalism and Mass Communications will graduate in May 2012 having achieved numerous awards and honors including a Fulbright scholarship and serving as co-captain of the SEC Women’s Soccer championship team.
The South Carolina Institute of Medicine and Public Health (IMPH) and the Piedmont Health Foundation convened stakeholders from Greenville area organizations on March 26, 2012 to provide training on the purpose and use of the health impact assessment (HIA) as a tool for incorporating health decisions into community decision making.