Health in the News
The 15th Annual Chronic Disease Prevention Symposium Health Systems Transformation: Working Together to Improve Population Health in South Carolina will be held March 10-11, 2017 at the Sheraton Myrtle Beach Convention Center Hotel in Myrtle Beach, SC. The symposium will feature presentations by state and national experts on topics including: eliminating disparities in access to quality cancer care, diabetes and hypertension control, opioid use and abuse, building care coordination models to control chronic disease and learning practice transformation tips.
IMPH is pleased to announce that Shaena Rouse will serve as the program manager of the SCale Down Initiative. Ms. Rouse has five years of experience in the field of public health, obesity prevention and partnership development. Ms. Rouse is familiar with the planning, implementation and evaluation of public health programs and building relationships with diverse partners across the state.
At the Summer Institute 2017, the Department of Public Health Sciences (DPHS) at the Medical University of South Carolina will offer several workshops that introduce current quantitative methods used in key areas of public health, population health, and biomedical and clinical research as well as offer hands on expeience with implementing these methods.
It’s time once again to celebrate the holiday season with family and friends. During this season of fellowship and reflection, we at IMPH wish you the very best for the holidays and the new year to come.
2016 has been an exciting year for IMPH. True to our mission to collectively inform policy to improve health and health care, we strengthened public-private collaboration efforts across the state and certified the benefits of an objective evidence-informed approach to policymaking.
In our Student Spotlight feature, students working with or honored by the Institute are highlighted. Nikita Deshpande is an intern supporting policy research for IMPH’s behavioral health initiative.
Pew Charitable Trust Reports Drug Prices, Senior Programs Will Impact SC State Budget up to $59 Million
The Pew Charitable Trust reports that, “higher prescription drug prices, combined with changes to Medicare and Social Security, could deal a $1.6 billion blow to state budgets next year by forcing them to ratchet up spending on Medicaid, the federal-state health care program for the poor.”
This article, reprinted with the permission of the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina, features Allison Rapp. Ms. Rapp worked at IMPH as a Research Assistant focusing on obesity prevention, coordinated chronic disease prevention strategic planning and with the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps.
IMPH’s first annual Progress Report presenting a status update on each recommendation from May 2015’s Behavioral Health Taskforce report, “Hope for Tomorrow: The Collective Approach for Transforming South Carolina’s Behavioral Health Systems,” has received additional media coverage this week from the The Post and Courier and The Greenville News. The articles shares finding from the reports and quotes from executive director Kester Freeman and associate director Maya Pack.
IMPH’s Long-Term Care Taskforce report, “Creating Direction: A Guide for Improving Long-Term Care in South Carolina,” is credited with leading to the study of South Carolina’s Adult Protective Services (APS) Program by AARP-SC and the Lieutenant Governor’s Office on Aging, who (LGOA) engaged the law firm of Nelson Mullins Riley Scarborough (NMRS) to conduct an independent pro bono review in 2015-16. The resulting report recommendations are discussed by the The Greenville News.
SCPHA is pleased to open the Call for Abstracts for our 2017 Annual Conference. SCPHA’s Annual Conference has been an important opportunity for current, future and retired public health professionals to share resources and information, as well as ideas and experiences from the field of public health. Being held in the Lowcountry’s North Charleston for the 2nd year, SCPHA is proud to announce that the keynote speaker will be APHA President, Thomas C. Quade, MA, MPH, who will share his public health perspective. This year’s theme is “Leading Change; Changing Leaders.”