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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.”
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!
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.
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.
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’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.
Nikita Deshpande, an intern for IMPH, as been profiled as a Furman Advantage Fellow. Furman University recently announced ambitious effort to transform the student experience and address critical community issues.
South Carolina’s 20th Annual Rural Health Conference, hosted by the South Carolina Office of Rural Health, will be held October 25-27, 2016 at the Sonesta Resort on Hilton Head Island, SC. The purpose of the 20th South Carolina Annual Rural Health Conference is to provide support, education and peer discussion between rural healthcare entities in South Carolina.
If you were unable to attend the LiveWell @ Worship Symposium, video of the event is available via YouTube.
The symposium showcased the role of faith-based organizations in LiveWell Greenville, a coalition of more than 150 partners working in concert to make the healthy choice the easy choice in Greenville, South Carolina. LiveWell Greenville’s At Worship workgroup establishes healthier faith communities through healthy eating and active living programs.
IMPH has released the first Progress Report presenting a status update on recommendations from June 2015’s Long-Term Care Taskforce report “Creating Direction: A Guide to Improving Long-Term Care in South Carolina.” Following the release of the report, IMPH formed an Implementation Leadership Council of key stakeholders to prioritize the recommendations and guide implementation. This Progress Report outlines advances towards meeting the prioritized recommendations. The progress made reflects the work of many partners in improving long-term services and supports in South Carolina.