Health in the News
The South Carolina Institute of Medicine and Public Health (IMPH) accepted an invitation to join the National Sodium Reduction Initiative (NSRI) in January 2012. As a partner, IMPH signed NSRI’s statement of support for sodium reduction as an effort to lower rates of hypertension, prevent heart attacks and strokes and save lives.
IMPH assisted the work of the SC Rural Health Research Center to develop a statewide plan of action to implement a sustainable public health response that is integrated into primary care and dental safely net systems, and achieves significant, measurable oral health outcomes.
IMPH convened stakeholders and performed qualitative research to identify opportunities and barriers to improving access to healthy food and opportunities for physical activity in child care centers in South Carolina.
The Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Division of the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) has worked with IMPH to review and analyze the development and implementation of a sodium intake reduction strategy in South Carolina.
The South Carolina Institute of Medicine and Public Health (formerly the South Carolina Public Health Institute) conducted a focus group study among key constituencies to explore their perspectives on health insurance coverage, marketplace considerations and the type of exchange that South Carolina could have.
Ms. Sarah Thomas, Vice President, Public Policy & Communication at the National Committee for Quality Assurance, gave the Keynote presentation at the August 24, 2011 Advancing Health in South Carolina Summit of the ACA Implementation Initiative.
Arnold School of Public Health student, Jean Marie Place, was presented with the Outstanding Abstract Award at the South Carolina Public Health Association’s Annual Meeting.
Institute of Medicine and Public Health was mentioned in a Post and Courier article “Institute to Focus on Health.”
Dr. Lisa Waddell, who served on the former South Carolina Public Health Institute’s Advisory Board, authored an editorial column detailing the successes of partnerships in reducing the number of South Carolina’s children who do not celebrate their first birthday.
On June 30, 2011, SCPHI presented and organized a panel to provide an overview of the context of health in South Carolina to the SC Health Planning Committee. The panelists, with links to copies of their presentations, are provided.