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Early Bird Registration Open for Leadership Summit for Healthy Communities

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.

Student Spotlight: Matthew Yuen – Two Time Outstanding Student Abstract Award Winner

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.

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.

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