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2016 Progress Report – Creating Direction: A Guide for Improving Long-Term Care in South Carolina

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.

New National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Report – Families Caring for an Aging America

With support from 15 sponsors, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine convened an expert committee to examine what is known about the nation’s family caregivers of older adults and to recommend policies to address their needs and help to minimize the barriers they encounter in acting on behalf of an older adult.

Say ‘Yes’ to Recess: Clemson Colleges Argue the Benefit of Recess and Play

Recess. We all loved it. But did we know how much of a role it played in our overall education?

An interdisciplinary team of educators from Clemson University are addressing that topic in “Say ‘Yes’ to Recess,” a ClemsonTV webcast highlighting the importance of recess and providing recommendations on recess-related school policies. The video is the latest in Clemson’s “Policy Matters” webcast series, which explores educational policy topics impacting student success.

Healthy Insights SC Grant Opportunity

The South Carolina Association for Community Economic Development (SCACED) is hosting four FREE workshops throughout the state during September and October, designed to introduce SCACED’s Healthy Insights initiative. Supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Healthy Insights will fund up to four community health projects throughout South Carolina, with a maximum grant award of $25,000 for each project.

SC Tobacco-Free Collaborative Announces Two Funding Requests for Proposals

The SC TObacco-Free Collaborative announces two funding opportunities – a community partnership grant program and a youth and young adult prevention grant program. Letters of Intent are due September 22, 2016.

Congratulations to Dr. Lee Pearson

IMPH congratulates Dr. Lee Pearson as he joins the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina as an Associate Dean.

Call for Entries: South Carolina’s 2016 Outstanding Rural Health Awards

Each year,the South Carolina Office of Rural Health has recognized the innovation of exemplary rural healthcare providers, programs and practices by awarding outstanding provider, practice and programs annually at the Rural Health conference. Nominate those stand-outs in your community today.

Student Spotlight: Tyler Dent

In our Student Spotlight feature, students working with or honored by the Institute are highlighted. Tyler Dent is a practicum student working with SCale Down.

Doctors Reach Out to Patients Behind Bars with Telehealth

Edward Jauch, M.D., says a night in jail shouldn’t be a death sentence. Being arrested for an alleged crime is one thing. But if the inmate also happens to have a serious health condition, he or she should get appropriate medical care.

“We’re not talking about people who are necessarily in here for years and years,” Jauch says. “This could be any unfortunate encounter and you’re down there without your meds or somebody has a sudden emergent medical condition. Being in jail even briefly should not risk your health or even your life for what should have been a 24 hour bailout.”

Jauch, director of the Division of Emergency Medicine at MUSC Medical Center, says a new partnership between MUSC Health, the South Carolina Department of Corrections and Charleston’s Al Cannon Detention Center will help ensure inmates who need medical expertise have access to it.

Clemson Professor Finds Positive Effects from Bringing Physical Activity to the Desk

A Clemson psychology professor has published research revealing a positive link between mood, motivation and physical activity during work and study. June J. Pilcher, alumni distinguished professor in the Clemson University department of psychology, studied the cognitive effects of physical activity workstations and traditional desks on Clemson student volunteers. The results of the study, published in Frontiers in Psychology, suggest the inclusion of light physical activity during work or study has positive effects without detracting from work or study effectiveness.

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