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Leadership Summit for Healthy Communities Call for Proposals

Eat Smart Move More South Carolina (ESMMSC), and the Summit Planning Committee invite proposals for breakout session presentations and poster presentations for the Leadership Summit for Healthy Communities, formerly the SC Obesity Summit, October 23rd and 24th. The breakout sessions at the Summit are designed to provide resources and best practices to attendees to use in their work to reduce obesity in South Carolina. The purpose of the Summit is to create networking opportunities with community partners and local decision makers, and to promote successful, evidence-based healthy eating, active living initiatives.

Registration Open for 2nd Annual Population Health Summit

The Summit will convene grassroots community leaders and organizations to have an impact on population health for the purpose of streamlining efforts to make a Healthier SC for all. Meetings will take place in Beaufort, Charleston, Columbia, Easley, Florence, Georgetown, Greenville, Lancaster, Rock Hill and Walterboro. Continuing education credits are available. Visit the Alliance for a Healthier SC for more information and to register.

New County Health Rankings Report Illustrates Health Trends and Opportunities for Improvement

The eighth annual County Health Rankings, released by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute (UWPHI), finds that Beaufort County ranks healthiest in South Carolina while Marion County ranks least healthy. According to the 2017 Rankings, the five healthiest counties in South Carolina are Beaufort County, followed by Dorchester County, York County, Greenville County and Charleston County. The five counties in the poorest health are Marion County, Dillon County, Marlboro County, Lee County and Allendale County. The Report includes a number of useful measures to illustrate how health has changed over time and across counties.

Community Preventative Services Task Force focusing on diabetes prevention

The Community Preventive Services Task Force announced that it recommends interventions engaging community health workers (CHWs) for diabetes prevention. The finding is based on sufficient evidence of effectiveness in improving glycemic control and weight-related outcomes among people at increased risk for type 2 diabetes.

USC Arnold School of Public Health’s Office for the Study of Aging Gets New Leadership

Arnold School of Public Health administrators Daniela Friedman and Lee Pearson will lend their collective leadership and expertise in aging issues to the Arnold School’s Office for the Study of Aging (OSA) as co-directors. Friedman, Professor and Chair of the Department of Health Promotion, Education and Behavior (HPEB), is a respected researcher and thought leader in the field of healthy aging and is principal investigator for the CDC-funded South Carolina Healthy Brain Research Network. She also has experience translating research into practical applications such as The FriendShip Village launch, creating messaging about healthy aging and cognitive health, planning the S.C. Healthy Aging Forum in Dec. 2015, and partnering with the Puerto Rico Department of Health on dementia-focused social media platforms. That’s where she and Pearson meet in the middle with their complementary expertise. Recently appointed as the Arnold School’s Associate Dean of Operations and Accreditation, Pearson was previously the Director of Operations for the South Carolina Institute of Medicine and Public Health. Through that role, he gained considerable experience convening partners with varying expertise to work together on larger, statewide initiatives, particularly around aging. Pearson has had key leadership roles in aging-related initiatives such as convening the state’s Long-Term Care Taskforce, serving on the board for the Alzheimer’s Association S.C. Chapter, and serving as a gubernatorial appointee to the Joint Legislative Committee to Study Services, Programs and Facilities for the Aging.

Register for the 15th Annual Chronic Disease Prevention Symposium March 10-11, 2017

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.

Shaena Rouse Joins IMPH as SCale Down Program Manager

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.

Registration for MUSC’s Summer Institute 2017 is Open

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.

2016 Year in Review

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.

Student Spotlight: Erika Ludden

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.

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