Health Policy Fellows Program
Health and health care are among the most complex and important issues of our day. Health issues affect every individual, family and economy in every community across our state and country. Elected officials are often required to make decisions on a variety of complex issues that affect health both directly and indirectly. These issues are sometimes clearly defined but can frequently be embedded in factors outside the influence of traditional health and health care. Such factors are often referred to as the social determinants of health.
The South Carolina Institute of Medicine and Public Health (IMPH) developed the Health Policy Fellows Program to provide members of the General Assembly with clear, evidence-based health policy information in a non-partisan manner. The Fellows Program is intended to assist elected officials by providing resources and information related to complex health topics. This program also highlights the importance of considering health implications as factors across all policy decisions.
The Fellows Program includes national speakers as well as South Carolina experts. Panels of health and public health professionals provide information about our state’s health challenges and share examples of promising practices across the state that are achieving success in improving community health.
The full series of Fellows classes is an ongoing program that is offered every other year for members of the General Assembly. Please follow the links below to view the maps which illustrate the state districts represented by the Fellows class participants to date:
Improving Health in South Carolina: Challenges and Opportunities
This class orients participants to South Carolina’s health status and determinants of health. Participants address questions related to the human and financial burden of poor health status and discuss innovative solutions that are being implemented across South Carolina.
Health Systems and Financing: Improving Return on Investment
This class enables participants to learn more about key issues related to the delivery of health care in the U.S. and South Carolina. An overview of the current structure of health care systems and financing is provided. Participants discuss changes that are occurring in our country as new philosophies emerge about how to pay for health care. They also address health care as a unique industry that does not adhere to basic economic theory.
Working Together to Improve Health
Health and health care delivery are among the most complex and divisive issues in our political system. During the final class of the Health Policy Fellows Program, participants learn how to explore productive models of communicating complex and polarizing issues by using a practical framework for engaging in open, balanced and effective dialogue.
Please contact Maya Pack for further information on the Health Policy Fellows Program.
Page first published: October 2013
Page last updated: February 2018
IMPH's Health Policy Fellow's Program is the focus of an article in The Post and Courier.
The Honorable Rita Allison (R-District 36) will be awarded the David H. Wilkins Award for Excellence in Legislative Leadership; and Hayne Hipp, former CEO of The Liberty Corporation and founder of the Liberty Fellows, will receive the David H. Wilkins Award for Excellence in Civic Leadership. The Hon. Rita Allison is a 2013 Fellow of IMPH's Health Policy Fellows Program. Ambassador Wilkins served as a founding board member of IMPH.
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.
The South Carolina Institute of Medicine and Public Health has received $230,000 in combined funding from The Duke Endowment and Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina to support the Institute’s Health Policy Fellows Program.
The South Carolina Institute of Medicine and Public Health (IMPH) is pleased to announce that Tim Rogers has joined our staff as Manager of Legislative Services. His extensive experience includes a distinguished 42-year career in state government, most recently as a Healthcare Budget Analyst for the House Ways and Means Committee in the South Carolina General Assembly. As Manager of Legislative Services at IMPH, he oversees an array of research and programmatic activities designed to support members of the SC General Assembly in their work addressing health, including the Institute’s Health Policy Fellows Program, a non-partisan initiative providing high-level education on health and health care issues.
In December IMPH's Health Policy Fellows Program offered a one day session for legislative staff of the South Carolina General Assembly. This offering, entitled “Improving Health in South Carolina – Challenges and Opportunities,” afforded legislative staff the opportunity to view health in its broadest sense as a driver in other policy areas that should be considered in all policies.
IMPH's Health Policy Fellows Program is highlighted in a blog post for the GrantWatch blog hosted by Health Affairs.
Eleven members of the South Carolina General Assembly have been recognized as the inaugural class of fellows from the South Carolina Institute of Medicine and Public Health’s (IMPH) Health Policy Fellows Program.