Health in the News

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.

Creating Direction in the News

Dean of the USC College of Social Work Dr. Anna Scheyett served on the steering committee of the IMPH Long-Term Care Taskforce and refers to the report “Creating Direction: A Guide for Improving Long-Term Care in South Carolina” in her guest column in The State newspaper on Labor Day. The report is the product of a year and a half of work by over 60 providers, researchers and advocates.

Chandler Joins IMPH as Research Associate

IMPH welcomes Mr. Andrew Chandler, MPH to the SCale Down Initiative as a research associate.

Pearson Joins Board of Alzheimer’s Association South Carolina Chapter

IMPH’s Dr. Lee Pearson has joined the Alzheimer’s Association South Carolina Chapter statewide board of directors. Alzheimer’s disease is a unique triple threat with its soaring prevalence, lack of treatment and enormous cost. It’s the sixth leading cause of death in the United States, and the only cause of death among the top ten that cannot be cured, prevented or even slowed. The Alzheimer’s Association is the world’s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Nationally, the Association is the largest non-profit funder of Alzheimer’s research. Through partnerships and funded projects, the Alzheimer’s Association has been part of every major research advancement over the past 30 years.

Data and Programmatic Resources from SCDHEC

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) provides numerous tools and resources for the public.

Telehealth Laws and Reimbursement Policies

The Public Health Institute’s Center for Connected Health Policy (CCHP) has released the updated third edition of “State Telehealth Laws and Reimbursement Policies.” The report offers policymakers, health advocates, and other interested health care professionals the most current summary guide of telehealth-related policies, laws, and regulations for all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Opportunity to Comment on Current Guidelines for Federal Concessions and Vending Options

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity has shared that the HHS/GSA Health and Sustainability Guidelines for Federal Concessions and Vending Operations (“Guidelines”) will be updated through a collaborative federal effort. The updated Guidelines will be distributed following the release of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2015.

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