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National Rural Health Resource Center Population Health Portal

The National Rural Health Resource Center has created a Population Health Portal to help critical access hospitals, Flex Coordinators and rural health networks navigate the journey towards improved population health. The Portal includes numerous tools and resources for each stage of the journey towards improved population health: Get Motivated, Get Informed and Get Going.

IMPH Recruiting Business Manager

IMPH seeks a business manager to plan, coordinate and perform administrative, business management and support activities for the South Carolina Institute of Medicine & Public Health (IMPH). This position supports the financial activities and administrative aspects of the various programs and projects of this non-profit organization.

SC’s Infant Mortality Rate Drops to Record Low for Second Year

New data released November 4th, 2015 by the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) shows a reduction in South Carolina’s infant mortality rate, helping the state to reach a historic low for the second consecutive year. An analysis of the agency’s data shows that the overall infant mortality rate for 2014 was 6.5 deaths per 1,000 live births. This includes a more than 30 percent drop in deaths among South Carolina infants between 2005 and 2014 and nearly a 6 percent reduction from the previous year.

Healthy Aging Forum to Convene Aging Experts & Advocates December 9th

The South Carolina Healthy Brain Research Network and its network partners will host a Healthy Aging Forum: A Focus on Brain Health on December 9 from 9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. in the Program Room of the Ernest F. Hollings Special Collections Library, which is located within the Thomas Cooper Library on the University of South Carolina’s Columbia Campus. The forum, which will include plenary and programmatic sessions, a research panel and networking, is being held to advance the public health research and translation agenda for cognitive health and healthy aging.

Call for Abstracts – SC Public Health Association Annual Meeting

The South Carolina Public Health Association (SCPHA) released a call for abstracts for the 2016 Annual Conference and 95th Anniversary on February 18-19, 2016, at the Embassy Suites in North Charleston, South Carolina. Abstract submission is open to all practitioners, students, academics and community partners working in public health and related fields.

Resources and Information for Flood Recovery and Volunteering

The unprecedented flooding in South Carolina has affected all of us in some way. As the state comes together for recovery, resources are available for information, assistance and to donate time and money to the effort.

Help Shape Training & Educational Opportunities for the Public Health Workforce

The National Coordinating Center for Public Health Training (NCCPHT) at the National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI) has recently undertaken an important study aimed at enhancing the education and training resources available to the public health workforce. In order to better understand the current learning environment and opportunities that exist, they are seeking input from public health professionals on educational and professional development goals, needs and preferences.

Closing the Word Gap to Improve Health

Learn more about a education program in Georgia with a public health focus. Research shows that education is related to living healthier, longer lives and the most effective action parents can take to increase their baby’s educational opportunities and future success is to talk with their babies.

Clemson to Play Active Role in Improving Population Health Through Cooperative Extension Services

Clemson University is working with community partners to craft outreach programs aimed at helping South Carolinians improve their health. The university invited experts from land-grant universities across the country to share ideas on Cooperative Extension Service programs that have improved population health in their states. Representatives of Greenville Health System also participated at the Population Health and Land Grant Universities Summit.

Dementia Dialogues Program Goes National

Based in the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina’s Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, the Office for the Study of Aging has trained more than 21,000 South Carolinians with their Dementia Dialogues program since it was created in 2002. In early August, the Office kicked off a nationwide rollout of the program in Utah.

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