Health in the News

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.

Dementia Dialogues Videos Available

The Office for the Study of Aging at the University of South Carolina has recently completed a series of five short videos in conjunction with their Dementia Dialogues program.

Weiland Joins IMPH as Business Manager

IMPH welcomes Ms. Katherine (Kitty) Weiland, MBA as the Institute’s Business Manager. Ms. Weiland brings over 25 years of business experience to this role working extensively in marketing and communications, product development, strategic planning and budget management.

Maya Pack and the Hope for Tomorrow Report Featured in the Journal of the Columbia Medical Society

Ms. Maya Pack discusses the Behavioral Health Taskforce report Hope for Tomorrow: The Collective Approach for Transforming South Carolina’s Behavioral Health Systems in a feature article in The Recorder, the journal of the Columbia Medical Society.

Twenty-Seven Legislators Recognized as Health Policy Program Fellows

Twenty-seven members of the South Carolina General Assembly have been recognized as Health Policy Fellows by the South Carolina Institute of Medicine and Public Health (IMPH). The elected officials were participants in the fall 2015 offering of the Fellows Program, offered by IMPH and supported by The Duke Endowment and Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina. The program is a non-partisan initiative providing evidence-based information on health and health care issues in South Carolina.

IMPH in the News: Substance Abuse in SC

The Greenville News spoke to Maya Pack and referenced and the Behavioral Health Taskforce report, “Hope for Tomorrow: The Collective Approach for Transforming South Carolina’s Behavioral Health Systems” for their recent article on substance abuse in South Carolina.

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