Health in the News

South Carolina Population Health Summit

Registration has opened for the first South Carolina Population Health Summit on May 20, 2016. The goal of the Summit is to bring together community, non-profit, business, government and health care leaders to discuss how to improve the health and economic well-being of the populations that they serve.

National and South Carolina Healthcare Decisions Day

Estimates indicate that less than 30% of the population has an advance directive, such as a healthcare power of attorney or living will, which guides decisions about healthcare if a person is unable to make his or her wishes known.

National Public Health Week

April 4-10 2016 is National Public Health Week. Learn more and become part of the celebration at www.nphw.org. Engage on social media using #NPHW.

Student Spotlight: Matthew Yuen – Outstanding Student Abstract Award

Aspiring rural health expert and HSPM doctoral candidate Matthew Yuen wins S.C. IMPH Outstanding Student Abstract Award at the South Carolina Public Health Association annual meeting.

IMPH in the News: County Health Rankings

Megan Weis spoke to The Post & Courier and The Savannah Morning News about the release of the 2016 County Health Rankings & Roadmaps.

Arnold School Experts Help Fight Elder Abuse

The National Center on Elder Abuse estimates that one in 10 people over 60 experiences elder mistreatment (i.e., abuse or neglect), which translates to nearly six million cases every year. According to Macie Smith, Program Development and Training Manager for the Arnold School’s Office for the Study of Aging (OSA), this number is actually much higher due to underreporting. And as the U.S. population continues to age, this number will only increase over time. Smith suggests working with policymakers in order to educate them about the effects of chronic caregiving on the aging population and its impact on our society as a whole.

IMPH is Recruiting a Graduate Assistant

IMPH is seeking a graduate assistant (GA) to support research and event planning for an initiative to bridge public health and health care.

Join the Arnold School March 18th to Celebrate 40th Anniversary

To mark the Arnold School of Public Health’s 40th Anniversary (1975-2015), please join us for an array of school-wide and department-sponsored events on March 18 (and several held earlier in the week) as we celebrate 40 years of history, growth and achievements.

United Way of the Midlands Expands Dental and Eye Clinics, Doubles Patients Served

United Way of the Midlands, in partnership with Lexington County, Lexington Medical Center, Palmetto Health, Providence Hospitals and Richland County, announced the expansion and rebranding of its free dental and eye clinics in Richland and Lexington counties. The expansion totals 5,200 square feet of newly renovated space in the Richland County Health Department, which will double the clinic’s capacity. Both Richland and Lexington counties donate the office space for these services.

Key Data on Health and Health Coverage in SC Released by Kaiser Family Foundation

The Kaiser Family Foundation recently released a fact sheet on key data on health and health coverage in South Carolina. Drawing from data from “Health and Heath Coverage in the South: A Data Update,” the fact sheet provides a portrait of South Carolina residents, health needs in South Carolina and health coverage in South Carolina.

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