IMPH to Develop a Health Policy Fellows Program for Elected Officials

The South Carolina Institute of Medicine and Public Health (IMPH) has received collaborative funding from The Duke Endowment and Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina to enable the development of a health policy fellows program for members of the SC General Assembly.  The combined $400,000 award will support the planning and initial offering of the fellows program over the next two years.

This program, modeled after a similar initiative in Georgia, will provide elected officials with focused education on critical aspects of health and health care from a non-partisan perspective.  The fellows program will feature the latest, evidence-based information and promising practices in a manner that supports elected officials in addressing the health challenges facing our state.

Kester Freeman, executive director of IMPH, stated “We are grateful for the philanthropic commitment we have received in support of the health policy fellows program.  It is our hope that this program will enable policymakers to examine health-related decisions in a systemic context and have a better working knowledge of the broader determinants of health.”

The goal of this program is to promote a systems-level understanding of population health.  The core sessions of the fellows program will cover the delivery and funding of healthcare, workforce considerations, population health issues and the upstream causes of the health challenges facing South Carolinians.  Additional sessions will be developed as needed to address specific health policy issues identified by program participants.  Other general interest presentations will be offered beyond the certificate program to meet the broader health information needs of members of the General Assembly.

The initial offering of the health policy fellows program will occur in the fall of 2013.

For more information on this initiative please contact Dr. Megan Weis at 803-734-1602 or


IMPH acknowledges the generous support of our philanthropic partners in making this program a reality.

The Duke Endowment, in Charlotte, N.C., seeks to fulfill the legacy of James B. Duke by enriching lives and communities in the Carolinas through higher education, health care, rural churches and children’s services.  Since its inception in 1924, the Endowment has awarded $3 billion in grants.

The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina works daily to address the needs of the poor and underserved in South Carolina through a variety of programs, grant opportunities, education and training for nonprofit organizations, evaluation, collaborative ventures and public policy work.

Page first published: January 2013
Page last updated: February 2013

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