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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.”

IMPH Alumna Addressing Health Disparities in Florida

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.

The Post and Courier and The Greenville News Cover Hope for Tomorrow Progress Report

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.

Protecting Vulnerable Adults and Long-Term Care Report in the News

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.

Call for Abstracts Open for SC Public Health Association 2017 Annual Meeting

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.”

National Rural Health Day November 17th!

Join the South Carolina Office of Rural Health on November 17th as we join them to honor South Carolina’s heart and soul – our rural citizens and communities!

Health Policy Program Fellow Hon. Rita Allison to Receive David H. Wilkins Award for Excellence

The Honorable Rita Allison (R-District 36) will be awarded the David H. Wilkins Award for Excellence in Legislative Leadership; and Hayne Hipp, former CEO of The Liberty Corporation and founder of the Liberty Fellows, will receive the David H. Wilkins Award for Excellence in Civic Leadership. The Hon. Rita Allison is a 2013 Fellow of IMPH’s Health Policy Fellows Program. Ambassador Wilkins served as a founding board member of IMPH.

Hope for Tomorrow Progress Report in the News

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 been featured in an article by the The Spartanburg Herald-Journal. The article focuses on several aspects of the report and shares additional information from Spartanburg stakeholders.

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2016 Progress Report – Hope for Tomorrow: The Collective Approach for Transforming South Carolina’s Behavioral Health Systems

IMPH has released the 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.” Following the release of the report, IMPH formed an Implementation Leadership Council of key leaders to provide the vision for how the recommendations would be achieved, to foster collaborations and to propel forward movement in improving our state’s behavioral health systems. Significant progress has been made, including in Crisis Stabilization Units, Community Crisis Response and Intervention services, continuity of care and increasing access to evidence-based programs for detoxification from opioids.

IMPH in the News – Maya Pack, Sodium and Behavioral Health

IMPH’s “Considering Sodium Intake Reduction Strategies in South Carolina” and upcoming Progress Report on the Behavioral Health Taskforce’s report “Hope for Tomorrow: The Collective Approach for Transforming South Carolina’s Behavioral Health Systems” were both recently referenced in newspapers across the state. Associate director Maya Pack was quoted in both articles.

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