Health in the News
The Legislative Audit Council report on the South Carolina Department of Social Services adult protective services program (APS) was recently released. APS provides for the health and welfare of vulnerable adults who are victims of actual or potential abuse, neglect, and/or exploitation. The report outlines 51 recommended changes though policy and recommends the Legislature approve 16 more through state law.
The Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina has featured Dr. Megan Weis, associate director of outreach & program development, on their website recognizing a recent award from the South Carolina Public Health Association.
A state-wide collaborative process to develop Live Healthy South Carolina, South Carolina’s first state health assessment and state health improvement plan, has been launched. The SC Department of Health and Environmental Control will work in partnership with the Alliance for a Healthier SC (IMPH is a member of the Alliance) over the next year and a half to develop a comprehensive picture of health factors and health outcomes in South Carolina and a multi-year roadmap for continuing to improve the health of all South Carolinians.
Early bird registration is open for the Leadership Summit for Healthy Communities, formerly the SC Obesity Summit. The tentative agenda has also been posted on the website.
Register Now for Implementing and Sustaining Physical Activity and Nutrition Programs in Faith-Based Settings
The USC Prevention Research Center, a partner of the SCale Down Initiative facilitated by IMPH, invites to you attend a symposium that will examine factors related to putting faith-based, evidence-based programs into practice, using the Faith, Activity, and Nutrition (FAN) program as a model on Thursday, July 27, 8:30 am – 12:00 noon at the USC Public Health Research Center Auditorium (1st floor), 921 Assembly Street, Columbia, SC 29201.
California native Matthew Yuen is well on his way to becoming a rural health expert. The health services policy and management (HSPM) doctoral candidate has been building his expertise in the field since he began his master’s degree program at Texas A&M University where he first began working with rural populations. Since he joined the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina in 2014, Yuen has had opportunities to work with mentors Janice Probst (HSPM) and Kevin Bennett (School of Medicine). He’s also gained experience at the South Carolina Rural Health Research Center. This year marks the second year that Yuen has won the Outstanding Student Abstract Award from the South Carolina Institute of Medicine and Public Health. It’s the third year in a row for a HSPM student (following Naveed Sadiq’s win in 2015) and the fifth year in a row for an Arnold School student to win the award.
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.
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.
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.
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.