Workforce for Health Taskforce

As part of South Carolina Institute of Medicine and Public Health’s (IMPH) mission to inform health policy in South Carolina, we are supporting a collective process to foster the development of recommendations for state policymakers and other stakeholders regarding the future of the health care workforce for South Carolina.

IMPH will convene stakeholders and research best practices and innovative approaches to care that focus on preventioncommunity settings and the social-environmental determinants of health and their implications for the workforce.

Taskforce Focus Areas

  • Determining South Carolina-specific policy changes and health care workforce solutions needed to create sustainable, person-centered systems of health care that promote population health[1].
  • Identifying the most effective adjustments to the composition of the existing health care workforce, as well as the skills, training and education needed to adopt emerging technologies, especially telehealth.
  • Identifying promising, emerging health care innovations, especially advances in telemedicine and other technology, to improve access to and coordination of health care delivery and the implications of the health care workforce.
  • Gauging the potential impact of new, evolving and boundary-spanning roles in reducing health care workforce shortages and enabling providers to meet population-specific health needs in the context of changing payment models.
  • Exploring innovative approaches to care to ensure South Carolina has an adequate workforce to support the needs of the behavioral health and primary care service systems and developing improved models of care to address the health needs of people as they age in place.

 Advisory Committee Members

  • Kester Freeman, Jr., Co-Chair: Executive Director, SC Institute of Medicine and Public Health
  • Dick Wilkerson, Co-Chair: Chairman & President Michelin North America (Retired), IMPH Board Member
  • Graham Adams, PhD: CEO, SC Office of Rural Health
  • Chris Collins, MSW: Associate Director, Health Care, The Duke Endowment
  • Sara Goldsby, MSW, MPH: Director, SC Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services
  • Anton J. Gunn, MSW: Chief Diversity Officer and Executive Director of Community Health Innovation, MUSC
  • Lara Hewitt, MPH: Vice President, Education and Member Services, SC Hospital Association
  • Mark Jordan: Director of the Office of Primary Care, SC Department of Health and Environmental Control
  • Linda Lacey, MS: Director, Office for Healthcare Workforce, SC Area Health Education Consortium
  • Pete Liggett, PhD: Deputy Director, Long-Term Care and Behavioral Health, SC Department of Health and Human Services
  • Angelo Sinopoli, MD: Executive Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer of the Strategic Coordinating Organization, Greenville Health System

Please contact Katie Zenger for more information on the Workforce for Health Taskforce.

[1] Population health is the distribution of health status across a defined group which results from the interaction between individual biology and behaviors: the social, familial, genetic, cultural, economic, educational and physical environments that support or hinder well-being; and the effectiveness of health policy and public health and health care systems.





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