Access to Care Committee

Ms. Stephanie Blunt, Executive Director, Trident Area Agency on Aging
Dr. Anna Scheyett, Dean, USC College of Social Work

The Access to Care committee focused on making recommendations to ensure that individuals and families are able to access appropriate services and supports that meet their needs and preferences.  The committee considered how the availability and quality of the following resources impact whether consumers can connect to other needed services or care: information and referral resources, case management and care coordination services, independent living training/tools and transportation.  Members also discussed how specific training for all types of healthcare professionals in geriatrics and in working with people with disabilities impacts access to care. 

Page first published: March 2014
Page last updated: May 2015


  • IMPH has released the first Progress Report presenting a status update on recommendations from June 2015’s Long-Term Care Taskforce report “Creating Direction: A Guide to Improving Long-Term Care in South Carolina.” Following the release of the report, IMPH formed an Implementation Leadership Council of key stakeholders to prioritize the recommendations and guide implementation. This Progress Report outlines advances towards meeting the prioritized recommendations. The progress made reflects the work of many partners in improving long-term services and supports in South Carolina.
  • With support from 15 sponsors, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine convened an expert committee to examine what is known about the nation’s family caregivers of older adults and to recommend policies to address their needs and help to minimize the barriers they encounter in acting on behalf of an older adult.
  • IMPH’s Behavioral Health Taskforce and Long-Term Care Taskforce reports have been in the news recently.
  • The Office for the Study of Aging at the University of South Carolina has recently completed a series of five short videos in conjunction with their Dementia Dialogues program.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The Preventing Avoidable Readmissions Together (PART) initiative is a statewide quality improvement learning collaborative organized by stakeholder organizations in South Carolina working with hospitals, home health, skilled nursing facilities, hospice and other providers to improve care coordination for patients and families in South Carolina.
  • The December 2014 issue of the AARP Bulletin contains an article about IMPH’s Long-Term Care Taskforce and the upcoming report release this Spring. To read a PDF of the article, please click the following link: December 2014 AARP Bulletin


  • “Creating Direction: A Guide for Improving Long-Term Care in South Carolina” is the product of a year and a half of work by a statewide taskforce of over 60 providers, researchers and advocates. The South Carolina Institute of Medicine and Public Health (IMPH) convened these stakeholders to study the state’s long-term care system and identify priority areas in need of improvement, particularly in light of the growing older adult population. The taskforce members developed 30 actionable recommendations to reshape the system so that it can better meet the needs of older adults, people with disabilities and family caregivers across the state.
  • The “Taskforce Brief” provides an overview of the work and recommendations published in the full report of the Long-Term Care Taskforce, “Creating Direction: A Guide for Improving Long-Term Care in South Carolina.”
  • Resource documents include articles, studies and other research pertaining to issues being addressed by the Access to Care Committee.
  • Includes meeting minutes and materials.


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