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Cervical Cancer-Free South Carolina Releases Call for Proposals for $5,000 Mini-Grants

In spring 2016, Cervical Cancer-Free South Carolina (CCFSC) will award at least two (2) mini-grants of up to $5,000 each to groups and/or organizations in South Carolina to implement evidence-based and promising strategies to prevent and control cervical cancer. The mini-grants program is sponsored generously by the Carol Murray Memorial Mixer and South Carolina Cancer Alliance. Eligible programs must include a connection to the South Carolina Cancer Control Plan, and collaborative proposals are strongly encouraged. The call for proposals document includes information on evidence-based approaches to cervical cancer prevention and control and funding guidelines.

Community Health Advisor Webinar

IMPH and the South Carolina Public Health Association are co-sponsoring the Community Health Advisor webinar on January 27th from 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm.

Dr. Pearson and SCale Down Featured in Palmetto Physician Magazine

Dr. Lee Pearson discusses the SCale Down Initiative in a feature article in the Fall 2015 edition of Palmetto Physician. Published by the South Carolina Medical Association. The role of IMPH and the importance of involvement of physicians in obesity prevention efforts are highlighted.

IMPH Year in Review and Looking Forward

It’s time once again to celebrate the holiday season with family and friends. During this season of fellowship and reflection, the staff and leadership of IMPH wish you the very best for the holidays and the new year to come! 2015 has been an exciting year for IMPH, and the success of our work is due in large part to the support and engagement of our valued partners. The strength of this collaboration enables us to realize our mission to collectively inform policy to improve health and health care in South Carolina.

Aging Institute to be Established at University of SC’s Arnold School of Public Health

The University of South Carolina Arnold School of Public Health will create a new institute focusing on how to age well from cradle to grave by addressing issues faced by the most vulnerable in our population – young children and older adults – thanks to a $7 million gift from the school’s largest benefactors.
The Gerry Sue and Norman J. Arnold Institute on Aging will be dedicated to scholarly research and the sharing of accurate, consumer-friendly health information resulting from aging-related science important to children and the elderly. It will include work in areas such as childhood obesity prevention, chronic stroke recovery, nutrition and food safety, Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of senile dementia.

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.

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